Disney is getting ready to enter the streaming game in a big way this week with the launch of Disney+. The streaming service will be the future home of nearly all things Disney, including a ton of new original content from the studio's biggest and most desirable brands, such as Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar and more. Much of that content is going to be available on day one, meaning quite a few people out there are probably going to want to check it out for themselves. But what if you don't want to shell out for another streaming service? At least not right away. Luckily, there are a couple of ways to get Disney+ for free for a period of time.
The first is pretty standard when it comes to any type of new service. When one signs up for Disney+, which costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 annually, they will automatically be given a seven-day free trial. Billing information still needs to be entered and, like any free trial, if it's not cancelled before the trial period is over, you will be charged. That aside, this will give you a full week to see if shows like The Mandalorian or movies such as the Lady and the Tramp live-action remake are enough to justify the monthly expense.
However, there is a way that many people can qualify for a much longer free trial of Disney+. It was recently announced that Disney and Verizon have partnered together to promote the streaming service. Anyone who carries an unlimited plan of any kind with Verizon will be given a full free year of Disney+. This applies to any existing or new customers. It's also important to mention that anyone who subscribes to Verizon's Fios internet qualifies. An estimated 50 million people have a qualifying plan, so quite a few out there can benefit from this partnership.
Previously, Disney ran a couple of promotions that allowed customers to sign up for the service at heavily discounted rates. The catch was, they needed to make long-term commitments. There is even more good news for those who opted to take advantage of one of these deals, as the Verizon offered can be coupled with one of those purchases. That means, anyone who took advantage of the three-year commitment deal, which averaged out to a cost of just $4 per month, can add another free year on top of that.
It's important to note that these free trials apply to a standalone Disney+ subscription. There will be a Disney+ bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 per month, but that needs to be signed up for specifically. Either way, there are plenty of ways for consumers to scope out the new streaming service without needlessly spending hard-earned money right out of the gate. Disney+ launches in the U.S. on November 12. To sign up, head on over to DisneyPlus.com and signup.