Does Disney Plus Have Live TV?

Disney Plus offers users thousands of hours of content, but does this streaming platform have live TV available to subscribers? Does Disney Plus’ bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ include live television? Here’s what we know about this subscription service.

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Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus, launched on Nov 12, 2019

After months of waiting, Disney finally launched its streaming platform. For a monthly or annual fee, Disney Plus subscribers have access to thousands of hours of Disney original television shows and movies. With some content dating back to the 1930s, the Disney Plus library rivals that of other subscription services, like Netflix.

Additionally, this streaming platform offers subscribers more than just Disney-produced content. Movies and television shows produced by Pixar, National Geographic, Lucasfilm, and Marvel appear on Disney Plus for subscribers to binge-watch. That includes record-breaking films like Marvel’s recently-released film, Avengers: Endgame and James Cameron’s Avatar.

Shows and movies from Disney’s television networks appear on this streaming platform. That includes Disney Channel series’ Hannah Montana, That’s So Raven, and The Suite Life of Zack and Cody. Disney Junior shows, such as Fancy Nancy, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Elena of Avalor. However, some fans are still wondering if this streaming platform comes with live television.

Currently, Disney Plus does not have live television

Unfortunately, Disney Plus does not offer its subscribers live television. The closest thing the live television that Disney Plus offers is its television series, which periodically premiere exclusively on the streaming platform.

New episodes of recently released series, including The Mandalorian, The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, premiere on Disney Plus on a weekly basis. The streaming platform also produces original movies, such as the live-action adaptation of Lady and the Tramp. Even more content is available to subscribers, with options to purchase bundles with other streaming platforms, like Hulu and ESPN+.

Does the Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+ bundle come with live TV?

Unfortunately, Disney Plus does not offer subscribers live television with their services. In terms of ESPN+, according to Oregon Live, “while ESPN Plus does give you access to a vast selection of live games from pro and college sports, the service will not give you access to live sports and programs being broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU, ESPN Classic, and ESPN News. To watch those channels, you will still need a cable provider login.”

For some subscribers, however, Hulu offers a “Live Television” package. If you’re already a Hulu subscriber with this package, you’re eligible for a Disney Plus bundle. Without the Disney Plus bundle, Hulu (with Ads) and live television costs subscribers $44.99 per month. Hulu (without Ads) and live television costs $50.99 per month. However, as of Dec. 18, the “skinny bundle” will raise its fee to $55 a month, up from $44.99. Contact Hulu for more information regarding their bundle prices.

Regardless of whether a subscriber splurges for live television, this bundle still saves subscribers a considerable amount of money. According to Business Insider, subscribing to the bundle costs users $18.99 per month, while individually, the services are valued at $23.97 per month.

To learn more about Disney Plus and to subscribe, visit their website.