More than just offering the next streaming bundle, Disney+ and Hulu might be getting married. For reals.
Could it be true? There's been quite a bit of buzz surrounding streaming services. Competition is heating up between Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Prime Video, and others. And two of the bigger players—Disney+ and Hulu—might be combining forces into one large streaming service.
You've probably seen countless bundle deals from both Disney+ and Hulu offering a better price when signing up for both Disney+ and Hulu. And, ESPN was often a third offering in the bundle. It's not like we haven't seen the relationship blossoming from the beginning.
Disney+ has approximately 73 million subscribers, whereas Hulu has 36 million. The Walt Disney Company is growing by leaps and bounds as it owns theme parks, as well as a number of other companies. Disney owns ABC, ESPN (80% stake), Touchstone Pictures, Marvel, Lucasfilm, A&E (50% equity), The History Channel (50% equity), Lifetime (50% equity), Pixar, Hollywood Records, Vice Media (10% stake), and Core Publishing. Why not add Hulu to the list?
Collider mentioned the possibility of more formal nuptials between Disney+ and Hulu. "For more than a year now, there has been speculation that Disney might one day fold Hulu into its Disney+ streaming service."
A consideration that might prove to be a hurdle for the two becoming one is the delineation of appropriate content. Disney+ is seen to have family-friendly content, while Hulu contains R-rated content. Parents who might be considering subscribing to the merged service will not want their children to have easy access to questionable content.
Soda.com compared Disney+ and Hulu for consumers as they decided which service was right for them. Now, consumers might not need to choose between the two.
Is your head spinning from all of the options? We recently dug in and compared the leading streaming services. All of the details are broken down for you as you decide which service(s) to use.
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