Disney increases Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ prices while planning to crack down on password sharing

Disney has announced that it is increasing the price of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ plans starting on October 12. The ad-free plans are seeing the bulk of the increase, with ad-free Disney+ going from $10.99 to $13.99/month and ad-free Hulu going from $14.99 to $17.99/month. At the same time, Disney has indicated that it will begin cracking down on password sharing next year. Read more ›

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Disney is launching an ad-supported Disney+ plan and increasing the price of existing Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ plans

Disney has announced that it will be launching an ad-supported plan for Disney+ on December 8th in the US. The new plan will cost $7.99/month, the same price as the ad-free plan currently costs. On that date, the current ad-free Disney+ plan will increase from $7.99/month to $10.99/month. Disney also revealed that, on October 10th, Hulu’s ad-supported plan will increase from $6.99/month to $7.99/month and the ad-free plan will increase from $12.99/month to $14.99/month. These changes come after Disney already announced that ESPN+ will increase from $6.99/month to $9.99/month on August 23rd. Read more ›

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ESPN+ to raise price from $6.99 to $9.99 next month

ESPN+ will be raising its subscription price by $3 next month. Starting August 23rd, the $6.99 per month subscription will increase to $9.99 per month. The service launched four years ago with a price of $4.99 per month. The annual subscription cost will also increase, from $69.99 to $99.99. The price increase affects both existing and future subscribers. Surpsiringly, the bundle that includes Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ for $13.99 is not incressing in price at this time.

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Fox, Fox Sports, ESPN, and Haystack News are now integrated into the Fire TV’s Live tab and Channel Guide

The Fire TV’s live TV interface, which consists of the “Live” tab and the built-in channel guide, has expanded once again with new services that have integrated their live channels. The Fox app has integrated its live local channels, various Fox Sports channels, Fox News, Fox Business, and Big Ten network. The ESPN app has integrated its live cable network channels, for those with a TV provider subscription, as well as its ESPN+ live streams. The Haystack News app has integrated dozens of live news channels. These new additions bring the number of integrated apps and services to 30, which you can find listed here. Read more ›

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Get 3 Free Months of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ when you buy any Fire TV or Fire Tablet

Amazon is offering 3 Free Months of Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ with the purchase of Fire TV Cube, Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Stick 3rd-gen, or Fire TV Lite, which are all on sale at their lowest prices ever for Prime Day. The purchase of various Fire tablets also qualifies you for this deal. The offer is valid for all new subscribers or past subscribers that haven’t had a subscription in the past 30 days. There’s nothing special that you need to do to get this deal. Just purchase a Fire TV or Fire Tablet between now and midnight on June 22 and you’ll receive an email with a code that can be used to redeem your 3 free months of service. At a regular price of $13.99 per month for this streaming bundle, it’s worth just under $42.

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Amazon now offers discounted ESPN+ subscriptions bundled with Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks

Amazon is now offering ESPN+ subscriptions bundled with either a Fire TV or a Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV Bundle costs $74.98 and the Fire TV Stick Bundle costs $44.98. Both include 2 months of ESPN’s new stand-alone subscription service, called ESPN+. Since ESPN+ normally costs $4.99 per month, these bundles essentially give you your first 2 months for the price of 1. It’s not much of a discount, but its better than the 7-day free trial that ESPN+ currently offers to new subscribers. This bundle is similar to the MLB subscription bundle that was offered last month. The ESPN+ bundle will be available through July 8th.

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ESPN app on Amazon Fire TV adds support for deep Alexa commands

The ESPN app for Amazon Fire TVs, Fire TV Sticks, and Fire TV Edition televisions has been updated with new Alexa capabilities that let you jump directly to specific content with a single voice command. First spotted by Reddit users and covered by CordCuttersNews, the ESPN app update notes say: “Now with Alexa Support. ESPN allows you to tune to your favorite sporting event or show by using Alexa. By just asking Alexa to ‘tune’ to your game or network, the ESPN app will start playback and allow you to fast forward, rewind, or even start your event over all with a single command.Read more ›

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WatchESPN becomes “ESPN for Fire TV” and streams new ESPN+ service for $4.99 per month

In conjunction with today’s launch of ESPN+, the new $4.99 per month standalone streaming service, ESPN has rebranded their WatchESPN app in the Fire TV appstore to ESPN for Fire TV. The newly redesigned app provides Fire TV owners access to live sports events including MLB, NHL, MLS, NCAA, golf, boxing, tennis, rugby, and more. It also includes access to original shows, highlights, and analysis. The ESPN app continues to accept activation from traditional television providers, just as the old app did, but now sports fans have the option to pay monthly for direct access.

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ESPN’s standalone sports streaming service launches April 12th for $4.99/mo

ESPN has announced that they will be launching their standalone sports streaming service, called ESPN+, later this month on April 12th. For $4.99 per month and without needing a traditional cable subscription, customers will have access to live coverage of MLB, NHL, MLS, colleges sports, boxing, PGA golf, tennis and more. Read more ›

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Verizon FiOS adopts ‘add-on package’ TV model — Upsets ESPN in the process

Sling TV seems to be causing waves in the traditional TV space because Verizon FiOS announced that it will be offering its FiOS TV customers greater choice by now allowing them to select from seven different $10 channel packages which can be added to a base channel lineup. Sound familiar? For a bundle price of $65 per month, customers get 35 base channels, their choice of two add-on channel packs, and internet service. The service was set to go live tomorrow, April 19th, but not if ESPN has anything to say about it. The cable sports network says Verizon’s new channel structure violates their existing contract with Verizon. With this new add-on based lineup, ESPN’s channels are relegated to a separate sports package. It appears ESPN’s contract with Verizon mandates that their channels must be included with FiOS’s base TV lineup. Read more ›

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