Verizon Wireless customers can get one free year of the Disney+ streaming service thanks to a new deal. Launching November 12, Disney+ will offer a slew of new and existing TV shows and movies from Disney, Marvel, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and more. A vital contender in the streaming wars, the Mouse House’s streaming platform is expected to kick off a new era for The Walt Disney Company.
2019 has been a crucial year for the enormous company. Disney and its properties have numerous reasons to celebrate, including the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, Disney’s acquisition of Fox, box office acclaim, and the launch of Disney+. Offered for the relatively low price of $6.99 a month (or $69.99 for an annual subscription), Disney+ has thrown its hat into the ring of fierce competition between Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO Max, Apple+, and more. Instead of basking in an array of choices, almost half of consumers have expressed frustration with the increasing number of services. Disney appears adamant on providing a one-stop-shop service by enticing consumers with a massive catalog of content - a list so extensive, it took Disney+ three hours to announce.
Today, Verizon revealed it’s joining forces with Disney+, and will offer the streaming service free of charge. Offered for new and existing Verizon Wireless unlimited 4G LTE and 5G clientele, Disney+ will be complimentary for one year, starting at launch. Verizon's offer also covers Fios home internet and new 5G home customers. People who pre-ordered the Disney+ service will have their purchase paused, which will resume after the Verizon promo period ends.
Currently, Verizon has 100 million wireless customers, with roughly 50 million unlimited plans eligible for the Disney Plus deal. Limited to one subscription per customer account, the Verizon package will allow ad-free Disney Plus to be activated on mobile devices, gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs. Flanked by other big names in the streaming world, Disney recently revealed they would offer a bundle of Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu for a low price.
While the price of subscribing to a few different streaming service platforms beats the cost of a cable package, with each emerging service, it may only be a matter of time before the average consumer finds themselves spending more money. Disney teaming up with business juggernauts sets an example of consumers getting more without breaking the bank. Verizon’s deal with Disney could be a win-win for the two companies. The financial aspects of the arrangement remain to be seen, but no doubt the new partnership with Verizon will pull Disney+ ahead in the streaming wars.