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The Merged Disney Plus And Hulu App Set To Launch In December

Disney+ and Hulu will soon be available in a single app in the US, with a beta scheduled to launch in December. The new Disney+/Hulu app was announced during Disney's fourth quarter earnings call on Wednesday.

via THR:

“We’re on track to roll out a one-app experience on Disney+” by March 2024, Iger said on the company’s earnings call and on a CNBC appearance before the company’s quarterly earnings were released. That will mean Hulu originals like The Bear and Only Murders in the Building, as well as ABC’s Abbott Elementary and library series like Family Guy and 911 (which is also moving to ABC after six seasons on Fox) will be available as part of a “Hulu on Disney+” option.

“We are bullish about the future of our streaming business,” Iger said. “Imagine the opportunities a combined Disney+, Hulu and ESPN streaming experience can offer us as a company and consumers.”

Iger said he has seen some demos of the integrated Disney+ and Hulu and “I feel really good” about how it looks. The beta rollout for bundle subscribers is aimed at letting parents set up controls around the more adult-oriented Hulu programming that will be available on Disney+, leading up to a full launch at the end of March. “We have opportunities with upsell capabilities and increasing engagement” with the one-app experience, Iger said, noting that bundling streaming products has reduced churn in the past.

Iger also sounded more bullish on Disney’s linear TV business than he did in the company’s previous earnings call in August. In terms of the advertising business, “We’re finding linear is a little stronger than we expected it to be,” he said. “It’s not back as much as we’d like, it’s still challenged, but it’s not as bad as it had been.”

That contrasts with months ago, when Iger said Disney was exploring “a variety of strategic options” for its linear networks (not including ESPN). While the company’s broadcast and cable business is still profitable, those profits have declined in step with the dropoff of TV households subscribing to cable and satellite bundles.

In Disney’s fiscal fourth quarter, revenue for its linear networks fell 9 percent vs. the same quarter a year ago, due largely to a dip in ad sales. Profits were virtually unchanged year to year, however, thanks to income from equity investees like A+E Networks (which Disney jointly owns with Hearst) and lower production and programming costs during the writers and actors strikes.

I think it's smart for streaming apps to merge especially since they're starting to get ridiculously expensive. I've had three streaming services I subscribe to raise their prices within the same month.

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