This week, Disney unveiled a significant number of new shows, movies and content coming to its Disney + streaming service. The huge entertainment company has also announced a price increase for US subscribers, and it looks like Canadians will benefit from a price increase as well.
As reported by CBC News, Disney plans to increase the cost of the monthly subscription from $ 8.99 to $ 11.99 for all Canadian users starting February 23, 2021. This is around the same time that the company plans to launch its “tier”. Star ”in Canada – Star is the international version of Hulu and not to be confused with the Starz brand licensed from Bell Media in Canada.
Disney is also charging annual subscriptions for Disney + – the cost of one year of Disney + will drop from $ 89.99 to $ 119.99.
While Hulu hasn’t been available in Canada so far, those eager to try out the streaming service in Star form might be disappointed. Disney hasn’t announced any specific upcoming Star titles, and the service is expected to feature content from specific Disney properties. Other Hulu content, such as some Hulu originals, is unlikely to come to Star since it is already available in Canada through other platforms – for example, The Handmaid’s Tale, which currently airs on Crave.
On top of that, Disney has promised 35 first-run series for Star that will launch within a year of the service.
For many users, increasing prices can be a point of frustration. While Disney claims Star is coming to Disney + at no additional cost, it’s clear that the $ 3 per month increase is meant to cover extended content. Additionally, Disney isn’t the only streaming platform to have raised prices. Netflix has also recently increased its monthly cost.
In addition to the inbound tax on digital services, many Canadians could have to pay larger monthly bills for streaming services.
Update 12/12/2020 at 9:20 am: Added annual price information to the article.
Source: Disney Via: CBC News