Last week, Disney+ and Hulu apps have finally merged, with Hulu content now available inside the Disney+ app. Now Hulu says don’t worry the Hulu app is not going away and you will be able to use that app if you would rather not use the Disney+ app.
This has been a huge concern for many who only subscribed to Hulu. Some feared that they would need to get Disney+ if they wanted to access Hulu. The good news is that is not the case.
In a statement on Disney’s website, the company addressed these concerns:
Will Disney+ and Hulu still be available as standalone apps?
Yes. This is not a replacement for standalone Hulu or Disney+ – both will still be available as separate offerings. Hulu + Live TV and Premium add ons will still only be available within the Hulu app, along with the full Hulu SVOD content library.
Still have questions about this merged app? Here is everything you need to know:
Where can you find Hulu inside the Disney+ app?
You can find Hulu located inside the Disney+ app as its own category. It is next to the areas like Star Wars and Marvel. By clicking on the Hulu icon on your home screen, you will be able to log in to your Disney+ app and access your Hulu subscription.
Why is Hulu in beta on Disney+?
This launch of Hulu on Disney+ is just a beta until March 2024, during which time Hulu will be slowly integrated into the Disney+ app. You will be able to use the current Hulu app for an unknown amount of time before the full merger.
What will happen to Hulu after the merger?
ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney+ will continue to be offered as individual subscriptions.
“While we continue to offer Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+ as standalone options, this is a logical progression of our DTC offerings that will provide greater opportunities for advertisers, while giving bundle subscribers access to more robust and streamlined content, resulting in greater audience engagement and ultimately leading to a more unified streaming experience,” CEO Bob Iger said when the merger was announced.
The Wall Street Journal also reported that not only will this merger happen this year, but also in March 2024 a new bundle deal of Hulu and Disney+ content will launch. Disney is hoping that this new bundle will drive as many as 150,000 new subscribers to the app and generate millions of dollars in revenue.
It is unknown how this will be different from the current bundles. Though Disney has a lot of options, one option could be a bundle with live channels from Hulu + Live TV that do not include ESPN+.
All things can change; however, it appears that Hulu and Disney+ will be their own services even after Disney buys 100% of Hulu.