I’m a big Marvel fan and got my money’s worth with ‘Black Widow’ on Disney Plus Premier Access, but casual viewers are better off waiting

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“Black Widow” premiered on July 9 in theaters and on Disney Plus.

  • Disney Plus Premier Access lets subscribers stream “Black Widow” at home while it’s in theaters.
  • Premier Access costs $30, but the movie will be available to all members without a fee in October.
  • As a big Marvel fan, I got my money’s worth, but casual viewers are better off waiting.

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Following multiple delays from its original May 2020 release date, Marvel’s “Black Widow” is finally available. Viewers currently have two options to watch the movie: in theaters or at home with Disney Plus Premier Access.

For $30 on top of your Disney Plus subscription, you can unlock “Black Widow” to stream from the comfort of your couch while it’s still playing in theaters. That said, subscribers who are willing to wait, can watch the movie without an extra fee starting October 6.

I bought the movie with Premier Access on release day and it made for a fun movie night-in over the weekend. Though I’m a huge movie buff, I’m still a bit iffy about going to theaters during the pandemic, and I actually prefer the privacy of streaming new films on my big-screen TV.

That said, as entertaining as the movie is, many Disney Plus subscribers will be better off waiting until the wide release to save some cash. Still on the fence? Here’s a full rundown of what we thought of the movie and the overall value of Premier Access.

‘Black Widow’ is an entertaining blockbuster with heart

After seven appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) finally gets her own solo film. It was a long time coming and, as a piece of popcorn entertainment, the movie doesn’t disappoint, even if it does feel a bit disconnected from the larger MCU storyline.

Directed by Cate Shortland, “Black Widow” is an action-packed adventure that primarily takes place between two previously released Marvel movies, “Captain America: Civil War” (2016) and “Avengers: Infinity War” (2018). Natasha Romanoff, AKA Black Widow, is on the run from the US government. While in hiding, she reconnects with her former spy family to take down a nefarious Russian general and his deadly, mind-controlled assassin army.

It’s this “spy family” that really gives the movie its heart and helps keep audiences invested in the story. Florence Pugh is especially engaging as Natasha’s surrogate sister, Yelena, and David Harbour nearly steals the show as Red Guardian, a past-his-prime Russian super soldier. Their dysfunctional family dynamics lead to plenty of laughs and help ground all the larger-than-life super heroics in some genuine emotion.

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David Harbour as Red Guardian in “Black Widow.”

Of course, those super heroics are a big part of what people pay to see, and the action here is fun, exciting, and well choreographed. Some over-the-top CGI sneaks in every now and then, but the movie’s set pieces take a page from the “Bourne” franchise with visceral fights and chases – but, you know, dialed way up to 11.

Sadly, Natasha herself does get lost a little in all the explosions and new character introductions. Johansson is strong in the role, but considering this is Black Widow’s first and possibly only solo movie, the story lacks real weight on her overall arc. This is compounded by the fact that the film’s story takes place before “Avengers: Endgame” which, as MCU fans know, makes it hard for the movie to really do anything new with the character’s journey.

At the end of the day, this is a fun standalone adventure that shines a spotlight on a character that should have already been highlighted years ago. It’s also an engaging showcase for Florence Pugh’s take on the Black Widow title, set to live on in the MCU for many more appearances. Outside of that new character’s intro, it isn’t essential viewing for the overarching Marvel plotline, but “Black Widow” is a popcorn adventure worth the price of admission.

Should you buy ‘Black Widow’ now or wait?

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“Black Widow” is available to stream at home with Disney Plus Premier Access.

From a pure entertainment standpoint, “Black Widow” is easily worth $30 for most fans of Marvel movies. But, knowing the film will be available to all Disney Plus members without an extra fee in three months makes a full recommendation tricky.

If you’re the type of fan who’s on the fence about going back to theaters but would have otherwise bought a ticket to see “Black Widow” on opening weekend, then Premier Access is for you.

For $30 on top of your Disney Plus subscription, you’re essentially buying a virtual ticket to see the movie from the comfort of your couch as soon as possible. As an added bonus, you can watch it as many times as you like as long as you remain a Disney Plus member. In this context, the $30 asking price isn’t unreasonable, since that’s around the same cost of two adult movie tickets.

It also doesn’t hurt if you’ve got a solid home entertainment setup to really show the movie off. Seeing “Black Widow” on opening weekend in Dolby Vision on a 65-inch 4K TV with surround sound really helped me feel like I got my money’s worth, and I didn’t even miss the movie theater experience at all.

However, if you’re not someone who waits with bated breath for each new Marvel release, then you’re better off holding out for three months until the Premier Access window has expired and “Black Widow” opens up to all Disney Plus members.

The bottom line

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Scarlett Johansson in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”

Black Widow” is a fun and surprisingly sweet entry in the MCU, but it feels more like a standalone side mission than an integral part of the overarching Marvel storyline. It’s still great popcorn entertainment, however, and as a fan of Marvel flicks, I’m happy with my Premier Access purchase.

That said, anyone worried about massive spoilers or missing out on the next big Marvel twist can rest easy about seeing the movie right away. This is a good film, but it’s not an absolute must-see. Casual fans and those on a budget are better off waiting until October 6 to catch the movie when it becomes available to all Disney Plus members.

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Paramount Plus starts at just $5 a month, but you’ll need the more expensive plan to get live CBS

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Paramount Plus has ad-supported and ad-free plans.

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Paramount Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services available. On June 7, the platform dropped the price of its ad-supported plan from $6/month to $5/month.

The service offers a growing collection of original series and films, like a “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and spinoff show, several “Star Trek” series, and a reboot of the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly.

Paramount Plus also has live CBS sports, with content for soccer fans like UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and the National Women’s Soccer League. Golf enthusiasts will find live events including the Masters and the PGA Championship. In addition, NFL and SEC football games that air on CBS are available on Paramount Plus.

Access to your local CBS station is also included, but only with the Premium Plan for $10 a month. If you sign up for Paramount Plus now, you can get a seven-day free trial.

Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch. For full impressions on the service, check out our Paramount Plus review.

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is a subscription streaming service from ViacomCBS. The service replaced the company’s previous platform, CBS All Access, on March 4.

The rebranded service promises an expansion of its predecessor’s on-demand lineup. Paramount Plus plans to add 2,500 movies by the end of summer 2021, according to a press release.

Like its predecessor, Paramount Plus also offers live access to your local CBS network, but this option is only available with the Premium Plan.

Paramount Plus includes programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel. New and classic movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM are included as well. The library also features Paramount Plus originals you won’t find anywhere else.

When does Paramount Plus launch?

Paramount Plus launched in the US, Canada, and Latin America on March 4.

Nordic countries received Paramount Plus on March 25, while Australia and New Zealand are expected to get the streaming service on August 11.

How much does Paramount Plus cost?

Paramount Plus offers two plans: an ad-supported “Essential Plan” for $5 a month ($50 a year) and an ad-free “Premium Plan” for $10 a month ($100 a year). The annual plans end up saving you about 16% compared to the month-to-month options.

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Both plans feature access to the platform’s on-demand library, but the Essential Plan is subject to commercial interruptions when streaming on-demand programs.

The Premium Plan steps things up with ad-free streaming of on-demand content, and it adds live access to your local CBS station. That said, live CBS streaming still features regular commercial breaks.

What happens if I subscribed to the original Limited-Commercial Plan?

The new Paramount Plus Essential Plan is a replacement for the Limited-Commercial Plan. The Limited-Commercial Plan cost $6 a month and was discontinued on June 7.

The new Essential Plan saves subscribers $1 a month but there is one key drawback. The Essential Plan is missing live CBS while the Limited-Commercial Plan included that feature.

Existing subscribers to the discontinued Limited-Commercial Plan will continue to pay the original $6/month rate unless they unsubscribe and resubscribe to Paramount Plus. These members also get to keep access to their live CBS network as long as they don’t cancel their existing subscription.

Does Paramount Plus offer a free trial?

Paramount Plus offers a seven-day free trial for new members.

You can also get 25% off Paramount Plus if you’re a student at a US college or university. This offer is only available for the monthly ad-supported plan. Students are eligible for the discount for a span of four years.

What devices can I use to watch Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is compatible with the following devices:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • Portal TV
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Vizio TVs
  • LG TVs
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xfinity Flex

Can you stream Paramount Plus in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR?

Select Paramount Plus titles are available to watch in 4K, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision. These formats are only available to subscribers of the Premium Plan ($10/month), and are not supported on the cheaper Essential Plan ($5/month).

Shows available in these advanced video formats are marked with “badges” on their title pages, while movies that support these formats mention them in their description boxes.

Paramount Plus supports streaming in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 on the following devices:

  • Select Roku models
  • Amazon Fire TV (Stick 4K, Cube)
  • Select Android TV models
  • Apple TV 4K

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Paramount Plus is essentially an expansion of CBS All Access.

CBS All Access members that had active subscriptions automatically transitioned over to Paramount Plus on March 4, enabling them to use their same account information. The CBS All Access app automatically switched to Paramount Plus as well. This means you get all the same content that was on CBS All Access, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles.

That said, Paramount Plus introduced a new ad-supported Essential Plan in June, and it does differ slightly from the original CBS All Access Limited-Commercial Plan it replaces. The Essential Plan costs $1 less each month, but it no longer offers live CBS streaming.

New members who want to access live CBS streaming on Paramount Plus need to have the Premium Plan. Those who were still subscribed to the Limited-Commercial Plan when it was discontinued, however, can keep live CBS streaming as long as they don’t cancel their membership.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers access to classic and original programs from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS. The Premium Plan also adds access to your local CBS network.

The service will be home to brand-new movies, including Paramount’s upcoming theatrical releases 30 to 45 days after they debut on the big screen. This means you’ll be able to stream “A Quiet Place II” later this month while it’s still in theaters. “Snake Eyes,” “PAW Patrol: The Movie,” and “Mission: Impossible 7” are other major movies coming to the streaming service in 2021 and 2022.

Older films are also included. The service launched with movies from popular franchises like “Indiana Jones” and “Star Trek.” The streaming service will add more than 2,500 films by the end of summer 2021.

New Paramount Plus originals set for release over the next two years include “Halo,” a show based on the video game series of the same name, and “Y:1883,” a prequel to the popular show “Yellowstone.” If nautical nonsense is something you’re after, a new animated series “Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years” is available to stream now.

Originals that initially premiered on CBS All Access also remain available, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Stand.”

You can find a full breakdown of new Paramount Plus movies and shows here.

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How to watch UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor – 2 of UFC’s biggest stars face off in a trilogy fight tonight on ESPN+

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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off at the weigh-in for their UFC 257 fight in January 2021.

  • Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor will fight for the third time in the main event of UFC 264.
  • UFC 264 will be held tonight in Las Vegas with a capacity crowd of 20,000 fans.
  • The UFC 264 main card PPV costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription ($6/month) to watch.

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Six months after Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor with a second-round knockout at UFC 257, the pair will face off for a third time in the main event of UFC 264. You can watch the main card pay-per-view (PPV) event live tonight at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+. Preliminary matches start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+.

McGregor defeated Poirier in 2014 on his way to becoming UFC featherweight champion and one of the biggest stars in the sport. However, McGregor’s loss to Poirier at UFC 257 in January 2021 was just his third UFC fight since 2016. In that same time, Poirier has established himself at the top of UFC’s lightweight division, including a short reign as interim champion.

The winner of UFC 264’s main event will likely earn a chance to challenge current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who claimed the title vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov with a win over Michael Chandler in May.

UFC 264 will welcome a full crowd to Las Vegas for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The event will be held at the T-Mobile Arena with a capacity of 20,000 fans.

The UFC 264 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $6 a month or $60 a year. ESPN is also offering a bundle price of $89.98 for UFC 264 and one year of ESPN+; a 30% discount.

Here’s the fight card for UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor

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UFC PPV matches are exclusive to ESPN+.

Early Prelims – 6:15 p.m. ET, 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov versus Jerome Rivera [Flyweight]
  • Omari Akhmedov versus Brad Tavares [Middleweight]
  • Jennifer Maia versus Jessica Eye [Women’s flyweight]

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Trevin Giles versus Dricus Du Plessis [Middleweight]
  • Ryan Hall versus Ilia Topuria [Featherweight]
  • Niko Price versus Michael Pereira [Welterweight]
  • Carlos Condit versus Max Griffin [Welterweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70

  • Sean O’Malley versus Kris Moutinho [Bantamweight]
  • Irene Aldana versus Yana Kunitskaya [Women’s bantamweight]
  • Tai Tuivasa versus Greg Hardy [Heavyweight]
  • Gilbert Burns versus Stephen Thompson [Welterweight]
  • Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor [Lightweight]

How to watch UFC 264

To watch the UFC 264 main event, you’ll need to be an ESPN+ subscriber and pay the additional PPV fee. ESPN+ costs $6 a month or $60 a year. The UFC 264 PPV requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN+ subscription.

UFC 264 is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card. The main card of UFC 264 will be streamed live tonight on ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET. The early prelims start at 6:15 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel.

Once purchased, you can watch UFC 264 via the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 264 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 264, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 264 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will renew for the regular annual price of $60.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30%

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Wimbledon 2021 runs through July 11 – you can watch the tennis championships on ESPN

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Novak Djokovic hopes to defend his men’s singles title at Wimbledon 2021.

  • The 2021 Wimbledon Championships started June 28 and will end July 11.
  • You can watch Wimbledon’s final matches live on ESPN; select matches will also stream on ESPN+.
  • Sling is the cheapest live TV service with ESPN networks; you can get your first month for $10.

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Wimbledon, the third Grand Slam tennis tournament of 2021, kicked off its annual championship on June 28. It will hold its finals on July 10 and 11. This year’s event is the first Wimbledon tournament since 2019. The coronavirus forced the 2020 event to be canceled.

You can watch the final matches live on ESPN, and select games will also stream on ESPN+.

This year’s tournament sees Novak Djokovic hoping to defend his 2019 Wimbledon men’s singles title. Djokovic faces Matteo Berrettini on July 11 in Berrettini’s first-ever grand slam final. On the women’s side, 2019 French Open champion Ashleigh Barty will face Karolína Plíšková, a 2016 US Open finalist, on July 10.

Below, we’ve broken down the full schedule for Wimbledon 2021, along with details on where you can watch the remaining rounds.

2021 Wimbledon Championships schedule

The 2021 Wimbledon Championships began on June 28. The women’s singles final will be held on July 10 and the men’s singles final will fall on July 11.

Here’s a full schedule for the remaining live Wimbledon matches on ESPN and encore presentations on ABC:

Women’s singles final, men’s doubles final, and women’s doubles final

Date Time Channel
July 10 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET ESPN
July 10 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET ABC (encore of singles final)

Men’s singles final and mixed doubles final

Date Time Channel
July 11 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ET ESPN
July 11 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. ET ABC (encore of singles final)

Where to watch the 2021 Wimbledon Championships

You can watch most of the remaining 2021 Wimbledon Championship matches on ESPN. You can access the channel via cable/satellite and various live TV streaming services, including Sling TV, Hulu + Live TV, YouTube TV, Fubo TV, and AT&T TV.

In addition to the ESPN broadcasts, select matches will also be streamed via the ESPN+ and ESPN3 streaming services. With that said, ESPN+ will not carry live coverage of the women’s singles and doubles finals, the men’s singles and doubles finals, or the mixed doubles finals on July 10 and 11. All other finals will air on ESPN+.

Here’s a full breakdown of live TV streaming services with access to Wimbledon matches on ESPN.

Sling TV

The cheapest way to stream Wimbledon matches on ESPN is through Sling TV. Sling Orange ($35/month) offers live access to ESPN as well as ESPN2 and ESPN3. While Sling Blue ($35/month) includes access to other sports on Fox and FS1 channels, it does not have access to ESPN networks.

For a limited time, you can get your first month of Sling Orange for just $10. If you keep you plan after your first month is up, the price will go up to the regular $35 monthly rate.

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YouTube TV

You can also catch Wimbledon with YouTube TV. The live TV streaming service offers both ESPN and ESPN2 along with other sports channels including FS1, CBS Sports Network, the MLB Network, the NFL Network, and NBA TV. YouTube TV costs $55/month for your first three months, and then $65 a month after.

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Hulu + Live TV

For $65 a month, you can get a Hulu + Live TV plan that includes Wimbledon matches via ESPN. The service also features other sports networks like CBS Sports Network and NBC Sports Network, as well as access to Hulu’s on-demand library of shows and movies. You can also bundle the live TV service with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $73 a month.

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FuboTV

Another option to watch Wimbledon is with Fubo TV. The Starter Plan offers around 115 channels, including ESPN and ESPN2, for $65 a month. New subscribers can get a seven-day free trial.

The streaming service’s Elite Plan ($80/month) also includes access to a number of additional sports networks including FS1, NBCSN, NFL Network, BeinSports, CBS Sports Network, and more.

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AT&T TV

AT&T TV also carries Wimbledon on its live TV streaming service via ESPN. The cheapest plan starts at $70, however, so we don’t recommend this as the best option for people who are primarily looking for an affordable way to watch the tournament.

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How to watch UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor – 2 of UFC’s biggest stars face off in a trilogy fight this Saturday on ESPN+

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Dustin Poirier and Conor McGregor face off at the weigh-in for their UFC 257 fight in January 2021.

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Six months after Dustin Poirier defeated Conor McGregor with a second-round knockout at UFC 257, the pair will face off for a third time in the main event of UFC 264. The fight is scheduled for July 10 and the main event is set to begin at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN+.

McGregor defeated Poirier in 2014 on his way to becoming UFC featherweight champion and one of the biggest stars in the sport. However, McGregor’s loss to Poirier at UFC 257 in January 2021 was just his third UFC fight since 2016. In that same time, Poirier has established himself at the top of UFC’s lightweight division, including a short reign as interim champion.

The winner of UFC 264’s main event will likely earn a chance to challenge current UFC lightweight champion Charles Oliveira, who claimed the title vacated by Khabib Nurmagomedov with a win over Michael Chandler in May.

UFC 264 will welcome a full crowd to Las Vegas for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. The event will be held at the T-Mobile Arena with a capacity of 20,000 fans.

The UFC 264 main card costs $70 and requires an ESPN+ subscription for $6 a month or $60 a year. ESPN is also offering a bundle price of $89.98 for UFC 264 and one year of ESPN+; a 30% discount.

Here’s the fight card for UFC 264: Poirier vs. McGregor

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Early Prelims – 6:15 p.m. ET, 3:15 p.m. PT on UFC Fight Pass

  • Hu Yaozong versus Alen Amedovski [Middleweight]
  • Zhalgas Zhumagulov versus Jerome Rivera [Flyweight]
  • Omari Akhmedov versus Brad Tavares [Middleweight]
  • Jennifer Maia versus Jessica Eye [Women’s flyweight]

Prelims – 8 p.m. ET, 5 p.m. PT on ESPN+ and ESPN

  • Trevin Giles versus Dricus Du Plessis [Middleweight]
  • Ryan Hall versus Ilia Topuria [Featherweight]
  • Niko Price versus Michael Pereira [Welterweight]
  • Carlos Condit versus Max Griffin [Welterweight]

Main Card – 10 p.m. ET, 7 p.m. PT on ESPN+ for $70

  • Sean O’Malley versus Kris Moutinho [Bantamweight]
  • Irene Aldana versus Yana Kunitskaya [Women’s bantamweight]
  • Tai Tuivasa versus Greg Hardy [Heavyweight]
  • Gilbert Burns versus Stephen Thompson [Welterweight]
  • Dustin Poirier versus Conor McGregor [Lightweight]

How to watch UFC 264

The main event of UFC 264 will be streamed live via ESPN+ at 10 p.m. ET on July 10. The event is separated into three portions: the early prelims, the prelims, and the main card.

The early prelims start at 6:15 p.m. ET and are only available to UFC Fight Pass subscribers. The prelims will begin at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN+ and the ESPN cable channel. The main card is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET and is an ESPN+ exclusive pay-per-view event.

This means that you have to subscribe to the ESPN+ streaming service before you’re able to purchase the main card PPV. An ESPN+ membership costs $6 a month or $60 a year. The UFC 264 PPV event requires a one-time fee of $70 on top of your ESPN+ subscription.

You can access the ESPN+ app on all major mobile and streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple, Android, Chromecast, PS4, Xbox One, Roku, Samsung smart TVs, and more.

Ways to save on the UFC 264 pay-per-view price

If you plan on signing up for ESPN+ to watch UFC 264, you can take advantage of a special discounted package.

New subscribers can purchase a year-long ESPN+ membership with access to UFC 264 included for a total of $89.98. That’s over 30% off the regular combined price of an annual plan and a PPV match. Following your first year of service, ESPN+ will renew for the regular annual price of $60.

Bundle the next UFC PPV with an ESPN+ Annual Plan to save over 30%

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All the new kids’ shows you can watch on Disney Plus – from ‘Monsters at Work’ to ‘Mickey Mouse Clubhouse’

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Disney Plus has tons of kid-friendly shows.

  • The Disney Plus streaming service offers a big selection of children-friendly programming.
  • Annual subscriptions are $80 a year and monthly subscriptions are $8 a month.
  • Popular kids’ shows on Disney Plus include series like “Monsters at Work” and “Vampirina.”

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Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and DisneyXD are known for their popular kids’ shows, making them handy tools for any parent in need of kid-friendly entertainment for their little ones. And now, there’s an even more convenient and comprehensive destination for all of Disney’s family programming: Disney Plus.

Building upon the lineup found on Disney’s various networks, the Disney Plus streaming service offers on-demand access to tons of children-friendly programs, along with several exclusive kids’ shows. This selection helps make Disney Plus our pick for the best streaming service for kids.

What shows can my kids watch on Disney Plus?

With a Disney Plus subscription, you’ll get a huge selection of kid-friendly movies along with shows like Adventures of the Gummi Bears and “Vampirina.” Plus, there’s brand-new content created exclusively for Disney Plus, so your kids aren’t just watching reruns.

A big bonus for parents is that you can stream Disney Plus on a tablet or smartphone, so if you need to keep the kids busy while you’re at the checkout line at Target, you’ll be covered with hours of kid-friendly content.

A special “Kids Profile” feature can also be used for children. This option restricts Disney Plus streaming to titles that are rated TV-G, TV-Y, TV-Y7, and TV-Y7FV.

Here are all the kid-friendly shows on Disney Plus:

‘Monsters at Work’ – available now

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Fans of “Monsters, Inc.” and “Monsters University” will want to tune into “Monsters at Work” on Disney Plus. It takes place after “Monsters, Inc.” and follows Sulley and Mike Wazowski as the company transitions from scream power to laugh power. 

Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”) and Aisha Tyler (“CSI”) join Billy Crystal (as Mike Wazowski) and John Goodman (as Sulley) as part of the voice cast.

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‘Forky Asks a Question’ – available now

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Forky, the beloved spork from “Toy Story 4,” asks existential questions about time, love, and even cheese in this 10-episode animated shorts series. Tony Hale (“Veep”) provides the voice of Forky.

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‘Be Our Chef’ – available now

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In “Be Our Chef,” five families compete against one another with Disney-themed cooking challenges. Find out who can make the tastiest “Frozen” dessert. Will their seafood dinner inspired by “Moana” be edible? Kids get in on the cooking action in this original series from Disney Plus.

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All animated kids’ shows available now

Disney+ kids exclusive programming roundup

TV-G

  • “American Dragon: Jake Long” (2005)
  • “Fish Hooks” (2010)
  • “Kim Possible” (2002)
  • “Legend of the Three Caballeros” (2018)
  • “Lilo & Stitch: The Series” (2003)
  • “Phineas and Ferb” (2007)
  • “Schoolhouse Rock!” (1973)
  • “The Emperor’s New School” (2006)
  • “The Replacements” (2006)

TV-Y

  • “Dino Ranch” (2021)
  • “Doc McStuffins” (2012)
  • “Elena of Avalor” (2016)
  • “Fancy Nancy” (2018)
  • “Gigantosaurus” (2019)
  • “Goldie & Bear” (2015)
  • “Handy Manny” (2006)
  • “Henry Hugglemonster” (2013)
  • “Higglytown Heroes” (2004)
  • “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” (2011)
  • “Little Einsteins” (2005)
  • “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse” (2006)
  • “Mira: Royal Detective” (2020)
  • “Muppet Babies” (2018)
  • “My Friends Tigger & Pooh” (2007)
  • “PJ Masks” (2015)
  • “Puppy Dog Pals” (2017)
  • “Quack Pack” (1996)
  • “Special Agent Oso” (2009)
  • “The Book of Pooh” (2001)
  • “The Lion Guard” (2015)
  • “The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” (1988)
  • “The Rocketeer” (2019)
  • “Timon & Pumbaa” (1995)
  • “Vampirina” (2017)

TV-Y7

  • “101 Dalmatian Street” (2018)
  • “Adventures of the Gummi Bears” (1985)
  • “Avengers Assemble” (2013)
  • “Avengers: United They Stand” (1999)
  • “Big City Greens” (2019)
  • “Big Hero 6: The Series” (2017)
  • “Billy Dilley’s Super-Duper Subterranean Summer” (2017)
  • “Bluey” (2018)
  • “Bonkers” (1993)
  • “Chip ‘n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers” (1989)
  • “Darkwing Duck” (1991)
  • “Doug” (1996)
  • “DuckTales” (1987)
  • “DuckTales” (2017)
  • “Fantastic Four: World’s Greatest Heroes” (2006)
  • “Fantastic Four” (1994)
  • “Gargoyles” (1994)
  • “Goof Troop” (1992)
  • “Gravity Falls” (2012)
  • “Hercules – Series” (1998)
  • “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” (2013)
  • “Iron Man: Armored Adventures” (2008)
  • “Iron Man” (1994)
  • “Kick Buttowski” (2010)
  • “LEGO Star Wars: All-Stars” (2018)
  • “LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales” (2015)
  • “LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures” (2016)
  • “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles” (2014)
  • “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” (2015)
  • “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” (2012)
  • “Mighty Ducks: The Animated Series” (1996)
  • “Milo Murphy’s Law” (2016)
  • “Pickle and Peanut” (2015)
  • “Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja” (2012)
  • “Rapunzel’s Tangled Adventure” (2017)
  • “Recess” (1997)
  • “Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends” (1981)
  • “Spider-Man Unlimited” (1999)
  • “Spider-Man” (1981)
  • “Spider-Woman” (1979)
  • “Star vs. the Forces of Evil” (2015)
  • “Star Wars Resistance” (2018)
  • “Star Wars: Rebels” (2014)
  • “TaleSpin” (1990)
  • “The Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes” (2010)
  • “The Fury Files” (2013)
  • “The Incredible Hulk” (1996)
  • “The Little Mermaid – Series” (1992)
  • “The Owl House” (2020)
  • “The Silver Surfer” (1998)
  • “The Super Hero Squad Show” (2009)
  • “Wander Over Yonder” (2013)
  • “X-Men: The Series” (1992)

TV-Y7FV

  • “Amphibia” (2019)
  • “Future-Worm” (2016)
  • “Spider-Man” (1994)
  • “Wolverine and the X-Men” (2009)
  • “X-Men: Evolution” (2000)

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  • “A.N.T. Farm” (2011)
  • “Andi Mack” (2017)
  • “Austin & Ally” (2011)
  • “Best Friends Whenever” (2015)
  • “Coop & Cami Ask the World” (2018)
  • “Dog with a Blog” (2012)
  • “Even Stevens” (2000)
  • “Fast Layne” (2019)
  • “Gabby Duran & The Unsittables” (2019)
  • “Girl Meets World” (2016)
  • “Good Luck Charlie” (2010)
  • “Hannah Montana” (2006)
  • “I Didn’t Do It” (2014)
  • “Jonas” (2009)
  • “Liv and Maddie” (2013)
  • “Lizzie McGuire” (2001)
  • “Phil of the Future” (2004)
  • “Raven’s Home” (2017)
  • “Shake It Up” (2010)
  • “Smart Guy” (1997)
  • “Sonny With a Chance” (2009)
  • “The Suite Life of Zach & Cody” (2005)
  • “The Suite Life on Deck” (2008)
  • “Sydney to the Max” (2019)
  • “That’s So Raven” (2003)
  • “Wizards of Waverly Place” (2007)

TV-Y7

  • “Crash & Bernstein” (2012)
  • “Just Roll With It” (2019)
  • “Kickin’ It” (2011)
  • “Kirby Buckets” (2014)
  • “Lab Rats” (2012)
  • “MECH-X4” (2016)
  • “Mighty Med” (2013)
  • “Pair of Kings” (2010)
  • “Walk the Prank” (2016)

TV-Y7FV

  • “K.C. Undercover” (2015)

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What is Disney Plus and how much does it cost?

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For $8 a month or $80 a year, Disney Plus subscribers get ad-free access to thousands of movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox. You can also bundle it with ESPN+ and Hulu for $14 a month.

See which plan is right for you with our breakdown of the service here. For more detailed impressions, you can read our full review of Disney Plus here.

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New Sling TV subscribers can get $25 off their first month, or 2 months for free with select Verizon plans

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Dollar for dollar, Sling TV is one of the most affordable live TV streaming services on the market, offering a large selection of channels and on-demand content.

Like most streaming platforms, Sling TV provides various promotional deals and free trial offers on a regular basis. That said, the conditions of these trials and discounts often change. Right now, new subscribers can get $25 of their first month. Or, if you’re an eligible Verizon customer, you can two months of Sling for free.

Sling offers other bonuses for new subscribers as well, including free device bundles. Here’s a full rundown of all the Sling TV offers and deals available right now.

New Sling TV members can get $25 off their first month

For a limited time, Sling is offering a $25 discount on the first month of service for new members. This brings the price down to as low as $10 for your introductory month. The promotion also includes one month of Sling’s DVR Plus upgrade, which offers 200 hours of storage.

This deal often comes and goes every few months or so. Sling hasn’t announced when the current “$25 off” deal will expire, so we recommend new subscribers snag the promo now before it’s gone.

Subscribers can choose between Sling Orange, Sling Blue, or the Sling Orange/Blue combo plan to receive the $25 discount. With the deal, your first month of Sling Orange or Blue comes out to $10, while your first month of the Sling Orange/Blue combo comes out to $25.

You must provide an email address and credit card when you sign up. After your first month, your subscription will continue under the regular monthly price unless you cancel. If you want to keep the DVR Plus upgrade you need to pay an additional $5 a month.

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Verizon customers can get 2 months of Sling TV for free

Verizon is offering a limited-time promotion for Sling subscribers. New and existing Verizon customers who are new to Sling TV can get two months of Sling’s Orange or Blue plan for free.

The deal is good for Fios, wireless, and 5G Home internet customers. Existing Verizon members who activated their account before May 19 have until July 18 to redeem the offer. New and existing Verizon customers who signed up after that date can redeem the offer within 60 days of their Verizon activation. The promotion ends on February 19, 2022.

Sling’s International and Latino plans are also included in the deal. Verizon customers can choose between two free months of the International Plan or three free months of the Latino Plan.

Your subscription will automatically renew at Sling’s standard monthly price after your trial is over unless you cancel. This offer is not valid for customers in Maine or New Mexico. You can visit Verizon’s website for more information regarding this deal.

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Does Sling TV offer a regular free trial?

Sling’s website does not currently include a regular free trial option, but the site has offered a three-day trial in the past.

People who sign up for Sling through the Sling TV app on select devices, however, can still receive a three-day trial. The app is available on most smart TVs and media players, including Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and Chromecast.

You can get a free AirTV Mini or antenna if you prepay for 2 months of Sling

If you don’t want a discounted month or the Verizon deal, new members can opt for a free device instead.

You can get a free AirTV Mini when you prepay for two months of Sling. The AirTV Mini streaming device typically costs $80 and you can use it to watch Sling and other apps on your TV. The AirTV Mini can be paired with an AirTV 2 and an antenna to add local programming.

Subscribers who just want a simple solution to get local channels can instead get a free antenna ($45 retail value) when they prepay for two months. Though an antenna by itself won’t integrate with your Sling app, it will let you watch local channels that aren’t included with Sling, like ABC and CBS, through your TV.

Sling offers discounted AirTV 2 and AirTV Anywhere bundles if you pay for 3 months

In addition to the antenna and AirTV Mini offer, Sling currently has two other packages that’ll get you discounted devices if you prepay for three months at the regular price.

For $49, you can get an AirTV 2 ($100 retail value) and an antenna ($45 retail value). If you want to record local channels with a built-in DVR, you can opt for a $99 bundle featuring an AirTV Anywhere and an antenna ($245 total retail value).

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The Euro 2020 soccer championship will be broadcast this Sunday on ESPN – here’s where to stream the finals without cable

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Jorginho celebrates after scoring the winning penalty in Italy’s Euro 2020 semifinal against Spain.

  • The last match of the Euro 2020 soccer championship will be broadcast on July 11 at 3 p.m. ET.
  • Euro 2020 matches can be streamed without cable on ESPN+ ($6/month).
  • You can also stream the final on any live TV service that includes ESPN, like Sling and Hulu + Live.

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After being postponed for a year due to the coronavirus, the European Football Championship held by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) is about to come to an exciting conclusion. Due to the tournament only happening every four years, this installment is still called UEFA Euro 2020.

Italy secured their spot in the finals on July 6, beating Spain during an intense penalty shootout. England and Denmark face off in the semi-finals to see who will play against Italy for the championship. Neither England nor Denmark have made it to the UEFA Euro semi-finals since the ’90s, and if England wins the match, it will be their first time reaching the finals.

Viewers tuning in for the last rounds of Euro 2020 have two matches left to watch:

  • England vs. Denmark – July 7 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+
  • Italy vs. TBA – July 11 at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+

Soccer fans in the United States who are cable subscribers can watch both games live on ESPN. If you don’t have access to cable, there are multiple ways you can stream Euro 2020 matches as they happen.

Where to watch Euro 2020 finals without cable

You don’t need cable to experience the heart-pounding conclusion of the Euro 2020 tournament. Euro 2020 finals are available to watch live via ESPN+ ($6/month). The games are also available with a subscription to any live TV streaming service that includes ESPN: Sling TV, FuboTV, YouTube TV, and Hulu + Live TV.

ESPN+ is the most affordable streaming option to watch the Euro 2020 finals. The service costs $6 a month and includes all of the remaining matches. Even though ESPN+ does not offer the live ESPN channel, subscribers still get access to select live sports events, UFC matches, documentaries in the “30 for 30” series, and multiple original series.

For more information, take a look at our full breakdown of ESPN+.

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Sling TV is another affordable option for viewers that want access to the Euro 2020 finals without breaking the bank. You can watch Euro 2020 finals with the Sling Orange package that includes ESPN. The service is currently running a promotion where new subscribers get $25 off their first month, so your first month of Sling Orange will cost just $10. Following your first month, the service will renew for $35/month unless you cancel.

Check out our review of Sling TV here.

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FuboTV is another subscription streaming service with live TV plans that include ESPN. You can watch the Euro 2020 finals with the FuboTV Starter plan for $65 a month.

If you’re interested in trying FuboTV, check out our explainer on how to watch FuboTV and its many different packages.

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Hulu + Live TV also offers access to the Euro 2020 finals via ESPN. The service costs $65 a month for over 65 live channels, along with access to Hulu’s entire on-demand streaming catalog.

Read our explainer on Hulu + Live TV for additional information about available channels and packages.

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Finally, YouTube TV includes ESPN as well for live streaming access to the Euro 2020 finals. You can sign up for $65 a month. The service has over 85 channels, including additional sports stations like NFL, NBA, and MLB Network.

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New Apple Music subscribers can get 6 months free from Best Buy, no purchase necessary. Here’s how to get the deal.

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If you want ad-free access to over 75 million songs on Apple Music, now is the perfect time to sign up. Best Buy is offering new subscribers a free six-month subscription.

Apple Music is one of the best streaming services available and it offers hundreds of curated playlists, radio shows, and more. You can use it to download songs for offline listening, stream music across all of your devices, and even find occasional album exclusives. Though we found Spotify to be a better music streaming service for most, Apple Music beats it in terms of user interface and radio.

If you want to take advantage of this offer, one of the longest we’ve seen from the streaming service, here’s how you can start a plan today.

Here’s how to get 6 free months of Apple Music

  1. Go to Best Buy’s website and sign up for an account with the store.
  2. Add the “Free Apple Music for six months” digital download to your cart.
  3. Go to your cart and check out.
  4. Wait for a digital code to be sent to the email address linked to your Best Buy account.

Once your trial ends, your Apple Music subscription will auto-renew for $10 a month. It’s not clear how long Best Buy’s promotion will be available. It started back in May 2021, and is still running now.

It’s an easy and rare chance to snag an extended Apple Music trial, so don’t miss out.

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How to watch ‘Monsters at Work’ – John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprise their roles from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ in the new Disney Plus show

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  • Monsters at Work” is now available to stream exclusively on Disney Plus.
  • No longer scaring kids, the monsters want to elicit laughter in this workplace comedy.
  • Access to Disney Plus costs $8 a month or $80 a year.

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Monsters at Work,” the new animated series from Disney Plus, brings viewers back to the colorful world introduced in “Monsters, Inc.” and explores what happens when monsters are tasked with making children laugh instead of scream.

The show features John Goodman and Billy Crystal reprising their roles as Sulley and Mike, respectively. They are joined by a boisterous voice cast that includes Mindy Kaling (“The Office”), Ben Feldman (“Mad Men”), and Aisha Tyler (“CSI”). The series was created by Bobs Gannaway who worked on multiple Disney shows like “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse,” “101 Dalmatians,” and “Lilo & Stitch: The Series.”

The release date for “Monsters at Work” was originally slated for 2020, but the series was delayed until this summer. The show has received positive reviews so far, and currently holds a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 critic reviews.

Monsters at Work” joins a growing collection of kid-friendly shows on Disney Plus. The service’s large selection of family programs helps make it our pick for the best streaming service for parents and their kids.

How to watch ‘Monsters at Work’

The first two episodes of “Monsters at Work” premiered exclusively on Disney Plus on July 7. Season one will feature 10 episodes, and one new espiode will be released every Wednesday.

A monthly subscription to Disney Plus costs $8. You can save over 16% by getting a yearly subscription for $80. For even more movies, shows, and sports, you can take advantage of Disney’s bundle deal that includes a subscription to Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu Basic for $14 a month. Compared to combining separate subscriptions, the Disney bundle saves you $6 a month.

The streaming service is available on many smart devices and media players, including Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, most smart TVs, mobile devices, and tablets. For more information about supported devices, visit the Disney Plus website.

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What other movies and shorts from ‘Monsters, Inc.’ can I watch on Disney Plus?

Even though “Monsters at Work” is the first series to come from the franchise, Disney Plus subscribers have access to the full library of “Monsters, Inc.” movies and shorts.

This includes the original Pixar movie, “Monsters, Inc.,” as well as the prequel “Monsters University.”

If you’re looking for something quick to watch, animated shorts based on Mike and Sulley’s relationship, like “Mike’s New Car” and “Party Central,” are available for streaming on Disney Plus as well.

Disney Plus also gives subscribers access to the entire Pixar library of movies. For a full list of current and upcoming original series, check out our guide to Disney Plus shows.

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