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Disney today announced that customers who subscribe to its Hulu and Disney+ bundle can access Hulu content through a new "Hulu on Disney+" beta that aims to combine the two apps into a single app.


The beta is available to bundle subscribers as of now, with Disney planning to test the combined service before it rolls out in the spring. Bundle subscribers will see a Hulu title appear alongside Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic tiles in the Disney+ interface.

Clicking on the Hulu tile brings Bundle subscribers to the new Hulu Hub that has all of the Hulu content without the need to switch over to the Hulu app. The two-step launch process is meant to keep Hulu content separate from Disney+ content for parents who do not want the more adult content from Hulu accessible to children.

Disney said that it wants to better understand consumer needs and wants for Hulu on Disney+ before it launches in March 2024. Disney does not plan to replace either the standalone Hulu or Disney+ subscriptions, both will continue be available.

Article Link: Hulu on Disney+ Beta Launches for Bundle Subscribers
 

isomorphic

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I just snagged that one-year $1/month Hulu Black Friday special (although it has ads). I (optimistically) created a Hulu account with the same user ID as my Disney+ account.

Something tells me I won't see Hulu merged under the Disney+ app until they sort out all of these special cases.
 

txscott

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All I want from Hulu is:

1) A way to make the channel list primary so I don't have to look at their crappy search and content recommendation pages.
2) Picture in Picture or 4 up or two up or whatever.
3) A reasonable way to go back to the previous channel I was watching.

All I really watch is sports. I don't watch tv shows, or movies to any great degree. I had all of the above features on cable and I miss them. Especially during college football season and March Madness.

They were supposed to make things better than cable. They have not.
 

GDF

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Just tried and not sure why it would be better than the Hulu App. As far as I can tell, there is not My list, like in Hulu app and other features are missing too. Maybe will coming later.
 

redheeler

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All I want from Hulu is:

1) A way to make the channel list primary so I don't have to look at their crappy search and content recommendation pages.
2) Picture in Picture or 4 up or two up or whatever.
3) A reasonable way to go back to the previous channel I was watching.

All I really watch is sports. I don't watch tv shows, or movies to any great degree. I had all of the above features on cable and I miss them. Especially during college football season and March Madness.

They were supposed to make things better than cable. They have not.
I still use a TV tuner to watch sports. AKA the old fashioned rabbit ears. It still works for a lot of nationally-televised games and doesn't require a subscription fee.

Plan B when there's a specific game I can't watch using that is to go to a 'special website'.
 

Realityck

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Disney today announced that customers who subscribe to its Hulu and Disney+ bundle can access Hulu content through a new "Hulu on Disney+" beta that aims to combine the two apps into a single app.
This is just a step in the direction of Hulu's retirement in 2024, where Disney buys out the Comcast finally so that we can have something like Disney + with Star like in many others countries.
 

victorvictoria

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I have the Disney+ Bundle (commercial free Hulu), and this beta app is a solution in search of a problem. It's the ESPN+ app in the bundle that stinks to high heaven. There is NO preview in fast forward/back, so you have to guess when to stop/back up. On the App store app, captions are on by default and they take up a third of the screen. They're even worse on the DirecTV app, and there you have to go back to the login screen to change it. In addition, pressing the back button usually takes you all the way back to the first page where have to reselect the sport you were watching, then navigate to the game you were watching, and hope it remembered where you were.

Worse than the Paramount+ & Peacock apps! And calling them crap is an insult to crap! Thank goodness we can see and record most of the shows we watch on CBS & NBC on the networks.
 
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smriga

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All I want from Hulu is:

1) A way to make the channel list primary so I don't have to look at their crappy search and content recommendation pages.
2) Picture in Picture or 4 up or two up or whatever.
3) A reasonable way to go back to the previous channel I was watching.

All I really watch is sports. I don't watch tv shows, or movies to any great degree. I had all of the above features on cable and I miss them. Especially during college football season and March Madness.

They were supposed to make things better than cable. They have not.
FuboTV has all of this, at least in their AppleTV app. (although Turner channels are not included anymore)
 

onenorth

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Unfortunately per a conversation with Disney support, if you have separate Disney+ and Hulu accounts, there’s currently no mechanism to merge them. You’ll have to cancel one of them, lose all your account history, and then convert the other account to the bundled subscription.
That's what I thought. Well, we only use Disney+ for Star Wars and Simpsons so I guess it won't be a big deal to lose the history on that side, if we can do it that way.
 

icanhazmac

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We need EU to fix the streaming crisis next.. there's too many services to track and pay for. Maybe we made a mistake by cutting the cord.

Good god no, keep the EU out of this.

This is all very basic:

10 Find a streaming service with content you want
20 Subscribe
30 Binge content
40 Unsubscribe
50 Goto 10

We keep Hulu as our fall back and rotate through Netflix, Max, etc.

The problem today is people are lazy and want to be subscribed to all of the services at once, which approaches cable package cost. If you are organized and just a little disciplined it is easy and the savings are huge.
 

nutmac

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Just tried and not sure why it would be better than the Hulu App. As far as I can tell, there is not My list, like in Hulu app and other features are missing too. Maybe will coming later.
The initial public beta isn't perfect. Most notably, Hulu and Disney+ do not sync user profiles, watchlist, progress, likes, and so on.

However, there are few compelling benefits for me:
  • Dolby Vision (traditionally HDR10 contents like Only Murders in the Building look significantly better), even on iPhone
  • Downloads work much more reliably
  • Network logo disappears after few seconds of playback
 

Azathoth123

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.. there's too many services to track and pay for. Maybe we made a mistake by cutting the cord.

I would agree but cable is in the same place with regards to cost, ads, and privacy.

The streaming market is in such a mess that I’m out until it sorts itself out. I let my Apple TV+ expire at the 50% price increase, and let Disney+ expire too. I’m open to re-subscribing but haven’t seen any compelling reason to do so.

What I’d like to see is what we have in music: a service that lets me buy any content for fixed price, like the 99 cent song that revolutionized music. The video streamers are stuck in the ’music CD’ stage and want us to buy ‘packages’, ‘albums’ and of course none of them have all the content that we want. Give me a portal where I can buy what I want ala carte, and actually own the content. That I would buy if anywhere close to reasonably priced.
 

Student of Life

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I would agree but cable is in the same place with regards to cost, ads, and privacy.

The streaming market is in such a mess that I’m out until it sorts itself out. I let my Apple TV+ expire at the 50% price increase, and let Disney+ expire too. I’m open to re-subscribing but haven’t seen any compelling reason to do so.

What I’d like to see is what we have in music: a service that lets me buy any content for fixed price, like the 99 cent song that revolutionized music. The video streamers are stuck in the ’music CD’ stage and want us to buy ‘packages’, ‘albums’ and of course none of them have all the content that we want. Give me a portal where I can buy what I want ala carte, and actually own the content. That I would buy if anywhere close to reasonably priced.
The problem is the last sentence here. Reasonably priced. Apple TV, Vudu, Amazon video all exist and you can buy whatever you want Ala cart. If you wait for a sale you can find good deals. If you want something now you pay more.
 
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