Saturday, December 10, 2022

Trying Disney+ with ads

This week, Disney launched Disney+ with ads. I knew I wanted to try that, because a few things were interesting.

First, I've always used the basic Hulu service, which has ads. To be clear, I'm not talking about Hulu+Live TV. Yes, I've tried that from time to time, but I normally just use standard Hulu, which has always had ads. There is a "no ads" version, and I tried it, but it's not worth it to me. I can deal with ads.

Next, I've tried Netflix with ads. I don't subscribe to Netflix often, but I did recently give it a month with the ad-supported service. It was fine, and saved $3/month over a regular subscription. Yes there were ads -- most of the time; some content still didn't have ads -- but they did a good job with it. It was kind of like watching Hulu, but with even fewer ads.

Finally, I've tried HBO Max ads. It's $10/month rather than the $15/month price of the traditional plan. As with Netflix ad-supported and standard Hulu, it was fine. Not a lot of ads, but some, and they were placed properly and not intrusive.

So, with this week's launch of Disney+ with ads, I decided to try it. So, I subscribed.

I was actually going to wait, but didn't. The reason for waiting was that I'm still in my month of HBO Max. If you've followed here for some time, you're aware that I'll subscribe to a single service for a month, watch all I can, then cancel it, and subscribe to a different service the next month. I continue that over the year. I do get to watch everything on-demand that I want, and I pay a lot less over the year.

I don't normally double up on services, and I'm in the midst of HBO Max, so that means I would wait, right? Well, normally, yes. But there are several shows on Hulu that have been collecting, awaiting on my to subscribe again. And I took advantage of the HBO Max special of 3 months for $6. So, I can afford to double up and no go too far outside budget.

With Hulu and Disney+ together for only $10/month -- ad-supported pricing -- I decided to do this.

So, how is it? Well, I don't know. I just did this. I mean, literally, I subscribed then opened the laptop to type this. I haven't watched anything yet. But I'm about to. Well, after breakfast.

I'm very curious to see how this works into my Streaming Life. I think it will go well. But let's find out.

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