It had been rumored that a media package that bundled Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN+ was being considered and it was offically announced yesterday by Disney CEO Bob Iger during the company’s quarterly earnings call for Investors. The new bundle will be available for subscription on Nov. 12, which will be the same day the Disney+ streaming service will lanuch, and the package will be priced at $12.99 per month.
Though a price was not established at the time, rumors of the package first broke in April, shortly after Disney made its initial presentation to announce Disney +. The standalone Disney + service will cost $6.99 per month when it launches in the Fall. The Hulu portion included in Disney’s bundle will be the service’s ad-supported version, which which currently costs $5.99 per month. ESPN+ costs $4.99 a month, so this really appears to be a heck of a deal.
Several months after The Mouse House paid $71 billion to acquire 21st Century Fox, Disney became Hulu’s controlling shareholder in May, which gave them Fox’s share in the streaming service. Disney already had ambitious plans for Hulu with Marvel properties which include live-action series featuring supernatural superheroes Ghost Rider and Daimon Helstrom, as well as adult-oriented animated series in the form of Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K., Marvel’s Hit-Monkey, Marvel’s Tigra & Dazzler Show and Marvel’s Howard The Duck. Hulu was already the current home of Marvel’s Runaways.