Disney Plus offers gift subscriptions for new members – here’s how to buy one before the $10 price increase on Friday

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Disney’s on-demand streaming service, Disney Plus, offers ad-free access to a growing library of movies and shows from all of the studio’s major brands and franchises. If that special Disney fan in your life hasn’t subscribed yet, you can help them tune in with a Disney Plus gift subscription.

A Disney Plus gift subscription costs $70 and is sent as an email code on a date of your choosing. Disney will be raising its yearly price to $80 on March 26, so this week is the last chance you have to purchase a gift subscription for the lower price.

Here’s how to gift a Disney Plus annual subscription:

  1. Visit this page to purchase the gift.
  2. You’ll enter your information, your recipient’s name and email, and what date you’d like the code to be delivered.
  3. The $70 fee will be charged to your account as soon as you make the purchase.
  4. Your recipient will visit DisneyPlus.com/redeememail, select the offer, and manually enter the code printed on the email.
  5. Once redeemed, the recipient will be credited a one year subscription to Disney Plus.
  6. If the recipient doesn’t see the gift confirmation email in their inbox on the delivery date, Disney recommends that they check their spam folder.
  7. If the email still can’t be located, you can contact Disney Plus customer service to have the code resent.

Restrictions of the Disney Plus gift subscription:

  1. The gift subscription can only be redeemed by new Disney Plus subscribers.
  2. The redemption code is one-time use only and non-transferable.

Once they’ve activated the subscription, your recipient will get:

  • Unlimited, ad-free access to thousands of movies and series from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.
  • Unlimited downloads they can watch anywhere, anytime.
  • The ability to stream on up to four devices simultaneously and add up to seven profiles.
  • A GroupWatch feature that allows them to sync and watch streams with friends and family virtually.

Can Disney Plus gift subscriptions be used for the bundle with ESPN+ and Hulu?

Disney Plus gift vouchers are only available for an annual subscription to Disney Plus, but recipients can still upgrade to the streaming bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for a discounted price. Here’s how to upgrade and save:

  1. Redeem your Disney Plus gift subscription voucher and create a Disney Plus account.
  2. Visit the Disney Plus Billing Details page and choose the option to switch to the Disney bundle.
  3. You will now be upgraded to the $13 a month bundle plan with Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.
  4. A $5.83 monthly credit (the value of your gift subscription) will then be applied to the monthly bill for your bundle.
  5. This will bring the bundle price down to $7.16 per month for the duration of you gift subscription period.
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Pixar’s ‘Soul’ had a huge debut weekend on Disney Plus, according to new Nielsen viewership data

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  • Viewers spent nearly 1.7 billion minutes watching “Soul” on Disney Plus in the US in its first weekend, according to Nielsen.
  • The movie topped Nielsen’s latest list of most watched streaming titles for the week of December 21 to December 27.
  • It bodes well for Disney, which plans to release more movies directly to Disney Plus.
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Pixar’s “Soul” had a huge opening weekend on Disney Plus last month.

Viewers in the US spent 1.67 billion minutes watching the movie the week of December 21 to December 27 (it premiered on the streaming service on Friday, December 25), according to Nielsen. It topped the research company’s latest list of top streaming titles released on Friday, which accounts for Netflix, Hulu, Disney Plus, and Amazon Prime Video.

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The movie’s viewership is impressive considering that Nielsen measures minutes watched in the US, which gives TV shows, especially long-running ones like “The Office,” an advantage. Even more impressive is that the data only accounts for the movie’s first weekend of release, meaning that plenty of Disney Plus’ 87 million subscribers watched it when it premiered.

Disney did not immediately return a request for comment.

“The Office,” which has nearly 200 episodes, landed at No. 2 on Nielsen’s latest list with 1.4 billion minutes watched. The list accounted for the popular sitcom’s final full week on Netflix before it left for NBCUniversal’s Peacock at the end of 2020.

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“Soul’s” performance bodes well for Disney Plus as the coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt the theatrical industry.

Disney decided to forgo a theatrical release in favor of making it available on Disney Plus at no additional fee to subscribers, unlike last year’s “Mulan” remake, which Disney charged an additional $30 fee for when it first debuted on the service. Disney has plans to release more movies directly to Disney Plus, such as the animated “Raya and the Last Dragon.”

Questions still linger over what Disney will do with its major tentpole releases, particularly “Black Widow,” which is currently dated for theatrical release in May. Other studios have already started to delay (again) several major movies this week, including the James Bond movie “No Time to Die.”

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Disney surges 9% after forecasting it will triple Disney Plus subscribers by 2024

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“The Mandalorian”

  • Disney shares jumped as much as 9% in pre-market trading on Friday.
  • The media giant plans to hike the domestic price of Disney Plus in March, and expects to triple its streaming service subscribers to between 230 million and 260 million by 2024.
  • Disney also expects to double its annual content investment to about $15 billion over the next four years as it rolls out dozens of movies and TV shows from its studio and its Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar subsidiaries.
  • Most of Disney’s business has been hit hard by the pandemic, but millions of people have signed up to Disney Plus to keep themselves entertained during lockdowns.
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Disney stock surged as much as 9% in pre-market trading on Friday after the entertainment titan laid out a bullish growth plan for its video-streaming business during its virtual investor day on Thursday.

The company intends to raise the monthly cost of Disney Plus in the US by a dollar to $7.99 in March, marking the platform’s first price increase since launching in November 2019. It expects to reach a total of 230 million to 260 million global subscribers by 2024, roughly triple its 87 million subscribers as of December 2.

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Disney is raising prices and projecting strong growth because it intends to double its yearly spending on content to about $15 billion over the next four years. It expects to add more than 100 new titles to Disney Plus annually, drawing from its Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar subsidiaries and expanding on its own studio’s properties such as “Zootopia” and “Moana.”

As a result, Disney expects its streaming losses to peak next year, and hopes to break even in 2024.

Disney Plus is a bright spot in a brutal year

A key element of Disney’s strategy is taking a smash hit in one of its divisions, such as “The Mandalorian” show on Disney Plus, and cashing in on it across its business. It already sells “Baby Yoda” toys and clothing in its Disney Stores, and will undoubtedly seek to deploy the beloved character in movies, TV shows, video games, and attractions in its theme parks and on its cruises.

Disney’s approach backfired this year, as its sprawling operations left it massively exposed to the pandemic. The company was forced to close theme parks and resorts, halt cruises, shutter Disney Stores, delay movie releases due to production shutdowns and cinema closures, and even host the rest of the NBA season at Disney World to help its ESPN subsidiary weather the suspension of many live sports.

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The disruptions meant Disney posted a net loss of $2.8 billion for the year to October 3 – a sharp swing from $10.4 billion in net income in the previous financial year.

Given it will be months before Disney’s business can rebound, it’s not surprising that the company is doubling down on Disney Plus, which has seen a spike in signups this year as people spend more time at home.

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