Disney+ and Hulu‘s combined app will launch in December before the full rollout is expected next year. In May 2023, the Mouse House announced that they were planning to launch a merged app that would combine Disney+ and Hulu content into a single experience for subscribers of both services before the end of the year. However, the two streaming services themselves will remain separate. This was despite Disney not fully owning Hulu, but earlier this month, Disney bought out full ownership of Hulu for $8.61 billion.
Now, during the company’s latest quarterly earnings call (via Collider), Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that a beta version of the combined Disney+ and Hulu app will launch in December to test it out before the full rollout is expected in the spring of 2024, around late March. During the call, Iger assured investors:
The announcement comes after Disney bought out NBCUniversal’s 33 percent stake in Hulu for $8.61 billion and assumed full control of the streaming service. However, the final price tag could actually be much higher pending an assessment of the platform’s market value. In light of this news, it was speculated that Disney+ and Hulu would be fully combined into one app, similar to how Discovery+ and HBO Max merged into Max. However, Disney is sticking with its original plan of keeping the streaming services separate and offering the combined app for bundle subscribers.
It’s no coincidence that Disney recently restructured their price-discounted Disney+/Hulu bundle plans to $9.99 per month with ads and $19.99 per month without ads. The upcoming beta test is intended to give users ample time to set up their accounts and any parental controls ahead of the full launch, likely in late March. Once the combined app is completely up and running, it should offer a streamlined experience for subscribers of both Disney+ and Hulu under one unified app.