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Disney+ price rise: Save $30 before the subscription hike hits New Zealand

With the addition of a new channel to Disney+, prices are about to rise. This is how you can save money on a subscription.

On 23 February 2021, streaming service Disney+ is adding a new channel to its library, Star. It is bringing an enormous number of fresh movies and TV shows to the Disney collection.

The catch is that all subscribers have to accept the new channel and the new price tag that comes with it. Yet there are a couple of ways you can get around the new Disney+ Star price.

From 23 February, a monthly subscription to Disney+ is rising from the current $9.99 a month to the new price of $12.99 a month. If you sign up after that date, you are stuck with the new price.

Yet Disney+ is offering a sweetener for new or existing customers before the deadline. If you are a subscriber prior to that date, you can keep the existing $9.99 monthly price for 6 months. The price increase won’t hit your account until 23 August, a total saving of $18. Not bad right?

There is also an even better saving you can take advantage of if you are happy to sign up for an annual subscription. A yearly subscription is currently $99.99. That price is jumping up to $129.99 per year after 23 February.

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But if you sign up for a year prior to the deadline, you get the low $89.99 price for a full year. You will only be hit with the increase once your subscription expires.

So let’s say you sign up on 22 February for a year. You then won’t have to fork out the new price until 22 February, 2022, saving you that additional $30.

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Disney is already enjoying great success with its streaming platform. It was just revealed Disney+ added over 8 million new subscribers across December 2020, taking its total subscribers past 95 million. That is well ahead of its original projections.

If you are not yet across all Disney+ has to offer, it has existing channels for classic and more recent Disney movies and shows, plus Pixar, the entire Marvel universe, Star Wars and National Geographic.

Series like The Simpsons, The Mandalorian and new Marvel show WandaVision are all on the platform. For those that have felt the current Disney+ is aimed mostly at children, those concerns are about to be addressed with the addition of new channel Star and its adult-focused library.

The R-rated Deadpool movies, the Die Hard movie franchise, American Horror Story and Sons of Anarchy, along with adult animations like Family Guy and American Dad, are all part of Star.

If any of that appeals to you, it’s best you make the call to sign up before 23 February.

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