Is a Price Hike Coming to Hulu + Live TV in December 2022?
In August, Disney announced a number of price hikes to its various streaming services, including Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu. As part of the announcement, the company also shared that Disney+ would be launching an ad-supported plan in December 2022. There has been a lot of confusion about what this all means for Hulu + Live TV, and whether or not a price hike is coming to Disney’s live TV streaming service.
What Price Hikes Did Disney Announce to Hulu + Live TV?
Starting on Dec. 8, 2022, existing Hulu + Live TV subscribers on the base plan — which includes The Disney Bundle — will see the price go from $69.99 per month to $74.99 per month. That’s because those customers will automatically keep the version of The Disney Bundle that includes Disney+ with No Ads.
Is There a Way to Pay Less For Hulu + Live TV?
That same day, all new customers of Hulu + Live TV will still be able to sign-up for the same $69.99 per month price that the service is today. The big difference is that while it still comes with The Disney Bundle, it will include the Disney+ Ad-Supported Tier, instead of the Disney+ No Ads Plan.
Existing customers that don’t want to pay $5 more per month, can downgrade to the Hulu + Live TV that includes The Disney Bundle (w/ Disney+ Ad-Supported Plan).
What About the Hulu + Live TV (No Ads) Plan?
Where you really can’t avoid a price hike is if you subscribe to Hulu + Live TV (No Ads). This plan includes Hulu + Live TV, as well as Hulu (No Ads), Disney+ (No Ads), and ESPN+. Starting in December, the price will increase from $75.99 monthly to $82.99 per month.
With the price increase, you are paying a hefty premium for no ads, even more than those who subscribe to just The Disney Bundle. Without Hulu + Live TV, The Disney Bundle (With Ads) vs. The Disney Bundle (No Ads) will have a $7 price difference ($12.99 vs. $19.99 per month), but as part of Hulu + Live TV – you will be paying $13 more to get rid of ads ($69.99 vs. $82.99).
It is still cheaper to keep your Hulu + Live TV subscription tied to The Disney Bundle though. Since The Disney Bundle with No Ads is $19.99 per month, it would cost $89.99 monthly if you subscribed to each service separately.
What Should You Do?
If you want to avoid any change to the price of Hulu + Live TV, your best option is to choose the new base plan that includes The Disney Bundle with Disney+ with Ads. If you want Disney+ (No Ads), you should pay the new $74.99 per month pricing, since it is only available to existing customers.
The big question you should ask yourself though is whether or not it is worth $8 to drop ads from Hulu altogether. With Hulu + Live TV, you can now record to your DVR and then fast-forward through ads. You could always choose to do that instead of paying the additional cost to drop ads from Hulu on-demand content.
Hulu Live TV
Hulu Live TV is a live TV streaming service with more than 70 channels for $69.99/month. Hulu + Live TV base plan includes local channels, 33 of the top 35 cable channels, and regional sports networks (RSNs). Subscribers get free access to Disney+ and ESPN+ at no extra charge.
While Disney controls both Hulu and ABC, local Sinclair affiliates who broadcast ABC were dropped from Hulu on March 8, 2023 due to a carriage dispute. However, this was resolved nearly 8 weeks later and all 28 markets are back on the service.
That being said, for the content that Hulu Live TV has (which is plenty), the service provides an unlimited DVR with the ability to skip through commercials. You also have the option to upgrade for premium channels, unlimited screens, and commercial-free access to Hulu’s on-demand library.