Hulu & Disney+ Announce Price Hikes

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Once upon a time, the streaming market was seen as a cheaper alternative to cable.

However, that has all been changing in the last few years as prices have increased.

We'll start with Disney+, which will launch an ad-supported offering on December 8.

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The service will be $7.99 a month, including ads, while the ad-free offering will swell 38% to $10.99 per month.

Disney has been vocal about introducing an ad-supported plan for a while now, but it remains to be seen whether it will be successful.

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Hulu, meanwhile, will raise the cost of its ad-free offering from $12.99 to $14.99 from October 10.

The ad-supported offering will go up by $1 to $7.99 per month.

Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ have been operating at a loss due to the cost of the content on the services.

However, Disney+ has not stalled in subscriber growth like some of its competitors.

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The service has reached 152 million total subscriptions after adding 14.4 million subscriptions in the previous quarter.

The streaming market appears to be ever-changing these days thanks to expanding content costs, which in turn is reflected in the service's prices.

However, there is a big shakeup in the cards down the line as Warner Bros. Discovery recently announced it would be combining Discovery+ and HBO Max into a single service next summer.

There have been rumblings that a similar thing could happen to Disney+ and Hulu, but with the former still adding subscribers and showing no signs of a slowdown, any potential merger will not occur for a few years.

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Then there's Netflix, which has largely stalled. The service went years without slowing down, and it did just that this year.

As a result, subscription costs have risen, and the more marginally performing shows have been canceled.

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Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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