Will Disney Plus Have Ads? – What Are the Odds

By Gabriela Vatu / November 11, 2020

Disney Plus doesn't have any ads right now, but many fear that we're going to see some added to the platform at one point or another. Is that going to be the case? Let's see!

Upon launching a year ago, Disney decided that its streaming platform would only have one subscription tier that costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. Alternatively, you can go for the bundle that includes Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu for $12.99 per month.

Unlike sister-platform Hulu, which has an ad-supported platform that cuts a few bucks from the subscription price, Disney decided to go without ads overall.

Why Doesn't Disney Plus Have Ads?

The reason why Disney Plus comes with no ads is pretty simple - it doesn't need them. Disney has some major fund sources across its many avenues, whether we're talking about the theme parks, cruises, resorts, music, books, comics, toys, apps, games, and so on. It's just an endless fountain of money.

Aside from the original shows and movies that Disney Plus created, the rest of the content is their own and has been for decades. Whether we're talking about Disney films and shows, National Geographic content, Star Wars, or Marvel, they're all in Disney's portfolio. This means that they're not paying licensing fees, so there are no costs there.

Unlike Netflix, HBO, or Hulu, which are platforms that require more funds for licensing deals, Disney Plus doesn't have these costs. Therefore, it has more wiggle room to offer a single subscription option and forgo ads entirely.

Will Disney Plus Have Ads?

Right now, we're going to mention that we have no official information from Disney about having intentions to make a decision in either direction. However, it is quite unlikely that we're going to see ads on Disney Plus anytime soon, especially as the platform continues to expand across the world, gaining more and more subscribers willing to pay that subscription fee.

Furthermore, the monthly subscription is $6.99, which is already fairly low considering all the content Disney Plus has to offer. Usually, when we're talking about ad-supported tiers on streaming services, we're talking about lower prices.

For instance, Hulu offers the ad-supported trial at $5.99 per month and the ad-free tier for $11.99 per month. Peacock offers some of its content in a free tier but unlocks all content in a Premium plan that's ad-supported for $4.99 per month and in Premium Plus, which costs twice as much but comes with nearly no ads.

With the price Disney already offers, how could they offer an ad-supported plan? Price it at $3 per month? It doesn't seem like a reasonable option.

Therefore, keep enjoying Disney+ without ads until further notice (if any).

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