From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Michele
Verizon will offer all new and existing Verizon Wireless unlimited customers, new Fios home internet customers and new 5G home internet customers a year of Disney+ for free.
It will give Disney+ millions of subscribers right when it launches, which will help it gain traction as it competes with Netflix, Amazon, HBO and Apple.
Disney+ launches Nov. 12.
Verizon on Tuesday announced that it will offer its customers a year of Disney+ for free.
The deal will be available to new and existing Verizon wireless unlimited customers, new Fios home internet and 5G home internet customers, the company said. People who already pre-ordered the Disney+ service are still eligible. The “purchase will be put on pause and resume after the Verizon promo period,” a Verizon spokesperson told CNBC.
The offer will land Disney+ millions of early subscribers who may continue to subscribe after the first year, which is important since it will enter a crowded streaming market that includes Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ and HBO Max.
Netflix shares fell on Verizon’s announcement. They were down 3.7% in late-morning trading Tuesday.
Disney+ will launch on Nov. 12 for $6.99 a month and includes new and existing TV shows and movies from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars and more. The service will be available across multiple platforms, including iPhone, Android, Roku, Xbox and PS4, and will allow customers to download videos for watching offline.
Disney’s deal with Verizon is similar to Apple’s offer for its streaming service Apple TV+, which also launches early next month. Apple will give a year of Apple TV+ for free to customers who buy a new Apple product including an iPhone, iPad or Mac.
AT&T’s WarnerMedia is expected to reveal pricing and launch details for its HBO Max service next week.
Verizon said customers will be able to activate and watch Disney+ on any platform. Customers can sign up on Verizon’s Disney+ page.
*thank you to CNBC for the info!
Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.