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: Disney+ is bringing ad-supported streaming service to U.S. in late 2022

An ad-supported version of Disney+ is coming to the U.S. later this year, the media giant said Friday.

Walt Disney Co.
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did not say how much the new service will cost or when it will be available, but it will be priced less than the ad-free version, which goes for $7.99 a month in the U.S.

Disney called the ad-supported version of Disney+ a “building block” for the company’s goal of reaching 230 million to 260 million subscribers worldwide by the end of its 2024 fiscal year. Through 2021, the 2-year-old Disney+ has accumulated 129.8 million paid customers worldwide, with the addition of 11.8 million in its last quarter.

“Expanding access to Disney Plus to a broader audience at a lower price point is a win for everyone — consumers, advertisers, and our storytellers,” Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, said in a statement Friday. “More consumers will be able to access our amazing content. Advertisers will be able to reach a wider audience, and our storytellers will be able to share their incredible work with more fans and families.”

Disney’s streaming rivals Netflix Inc.
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and Amazon.com Inc.
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do not offer ad-supported options. AT&T Inc.’s
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WarnerMedia, soon to merge with Discovery, added an ad version of HBO Max in June.

Paramount Global’s
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Paramount+ and Comcast Corp.’s
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Peacock have ad-free and ad-supported plans.

 

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