‘The Bad Batch,’ the new ‘Star Wars’ animated series, hits Disney Plus on May 4

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“Star Wars: The Bad Batch” is a new animated series debuting on Disney Plus on May 4, which is a date also known as “Star Wars Day.” The premiere will be an extended episode running 70 minutes, and new episodes will arrive every Friday starting May 7.

“The Bad Batch” refers to a specialized crew of soldiers introduced in another animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” While most of the Republic’s clone soldiers are identical, the five members of Clone Force 99 have unique abilities that make them an elite team. The miniseries takes place as the Republic army becomes the villainous Galactic Empire from the original “Star Wars” film, and the members of The Bad Batch are forced to choose sides.

Disney Plus is the streaming home for the entire “Star Wars” franchise, including more original series. “The Mandalorian” completed season two in fall 2020, and Disney has announced a full lineup of upcoming “Star Wars” movies and shows.

How to watch ‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ on Disney Plus

To watch “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” you’ll need a Disney Plus subscription. The service costs $8 a month or $80 a year. The series premieres on May 4, and new episodes will debut every Friday starting May 7.

You can find the Disney Plus app on iOS, Android, PlayStation, Xbox, and most smart TV and streaming player brands. You can also access the service through the Disney Plus website to watch online.

Disney Plus has some of the best quality options of any streaming service, with support for up to 4K HDR video with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos. You can also download movies and shows to watch offline later.

If you’re looking for more “Star Wars” series and films to stream, be sure to check out our full breakdown of all the “Star Wars” offerings on Disney Plus, and our list of the top “Star Wars” video games.

What other movies and shows can I watch on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus is an on-demand subscription service that gives you access to thousands of hours worth of “Star Wars,” Marvel, and Disney movies and shows for $8 a month or $80 per year.

In addition to a huge library that includes almost every “Star Wars” program, Disney Plus also offers a collection of exclusive series like the “The Right Stuff,” and Marvel shows like “WandaVision” and “The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.”

You can check out a detailed roundup of all the Disney Plus exclusive shows here, and a full breakdown of all the exclusive Disney Plus movies here.

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Disney Plus offers gift subscriptions for new subscribers – here’s how to have one sent in time for Mother’s Day

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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 $80 and is sent as an email code on a date of your choosing. This makes it easy to schedule delivery for holidays and special occasions, including Mother’s Day on May 9.

You can find detailed instructions on how to order a gift subscription below.

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 $80 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 $14 a month bundle plan with Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN+.
  4. A monthly credit equal to the value of your gift subscription will then be applied to the monthly bill for your bundle.

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The 5 most anticipated new TV shows premiering in May, including Netflix’s ‘Jupiter’s Legacy’ and a new ‘Star Wars’ series

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  • Every month, Insider looks at the most anticipated new TV shows using data from the app TV Time.
  • It’s derived from US users who use the app to track and react to what they’re watching.
  • Disney+’s new animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” spinoff series, “The Bad Batch,” premieres this month on May 4 (“Star Wars” Day).
  • A new Netflix superhero series from comic creator Mark Millar, “Jupiter’s Legacy,” also debuts.
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5. “Girls5eva” – Peacock, May 6


Description: “When a one-hit-wonder girl group from the 90’s gets sampled by a young rapper, its members reunite to give their pop star dreams one more shot. They may be grown women balancing spouses, kids, jobs, debt, aging parents, and shoulder pain, but can’t they also be Girls5eva? “

4. “The Underground Railroad” – Amazon Prime Video, May 14

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Description: “‘Nothing was given, all was earned. Hold on to what belongs to you.’ From Academy Award winner Barry Jenkins and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Colson Whitehead comes the Amazon Original limited series ‘The Underground Railroad.'” 

3. “Jupiter’s Legacy” – Netflix, May 6

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“Jupiter’s Legacy”

Description: “They’re the first generation of superheroes. But as they pass the torch to their children, tensions are rising — and the old rules no longer apply.”

2. “M.O.D.O.K.” – Hulu, May 21

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Description: “An egomaniacal super villain struggles to maintain control of his evil organization after it is bought by a multinational tech company, all while juggling the needs of his demanding family.”

1. “Star Wars: The Bad Batch” – Disney+, May 4

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Description: “‘Star Wars: The Bad Batch’ follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in ‘The Clone Wars’) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch—a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill that makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew.”

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The top 9 shows on Netflix this week, from ‘Shadow and Bone’ to ‘Life in Color’

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  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of the TV shows that have been most prominent on Netflix‘s daily top-10 lists.

  • Netflix’s new fantasy epic “Shadow and Bone,” based on the book series by author Leigh Bardugo, was its most popular series this week.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
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9. “PJ Masks” (Disney Junior, 2015-present)

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Description: “Three 6-year-old kids who live normal lives during the day become superheroes at night, fighting crime as a team known as PJ Masks.”

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8. “Ginny and Georgia” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Free-spirited Georgia and her two kids, Ginny and Austin, move north in search of a fresh start but find that the road to new beginnings can be bumpy.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: “The body of the series is a bantery young-adult soap, the head a woman-on-the-edge thriller, and the tail a race melodrama. The creator, Sarah Lampert, must have looked upon her handiwork with proud amusement.” — New Yorker (season one)

7. “The Serpent” (Netflix original, 2021)

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Description: “In the 1970s, merciless killer Charles Sobhraj preys on travelers exploring the “hippie trail” of South Asia. Based on shocking true events.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 68%

What critics said: “The Serpent ends up being an infuriating blueprint for how bad storytelling choices, bad accents and an opaque central performance can thwart even the most inherently gripping of yarns.” — Hollywood Reporter

6. “Nicky, Ricky, Dicky and Dawn” (Nickelodeon, 2014-2018)

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Description: “Just because they’re quadruplets, that doesn’t mean these 10-year-olds always get along. But for all the bickering, they’re loyal to the last.”

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5. “Cocomelon” (YouTube, 2019-present)

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Description: “Learn letters, numbers, animal sounds and more with J.J. in this musical series that brings fun times with nursery rhymes for the whole family!”

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4. “The Circle” (Netflix original, 2020-present)

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Michelle Buteau hosts “The Circle.”

Description: “Status and strategy collide in this social experiment and competition show where online players flirt, befriend and catfish their way toward $100,000.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 81%

What critics said: “In a world where social media is an ever-present utility, we all make similar decisions daily, just without the promise of $100,000. The Circle may be a game show, but it’s also a microcosm of society as a whole.” — The Spool (season two)

3. “Life in Color with David Attenborough” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

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Description: “Using innovative technology, this docuseries explores nature from a fresh perspective as animals use color to survive and thrive in the wild.”

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What critics said: “Informative and visually stunning.” — Decider (season one)

2. “The Baker and the Beauty” (ABC, 2020)

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Description: “A Miami baker and a fashionista try to make romance work despite the heat they face from jealous exes, prying family members and invasive paparazzi.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 88%

What critics said: “The Baker and the Beauty, ABC’s adaptation of the hit Israeli comedy Beauty and the Baker, is a punchy pastelito of goodness that would satisfy the sweet tooth of any rom-com fan.” — TV Guide (season one)

1. “Shadow and Bone” (Netflix original, 2021-present)

Ben Barnes as General Kirigan, aka the “Darkling,” in Netflix’s new TV show “Shadow and Bone.”

Description: “Dark forces conspire against orphan mapmaker Alina Starkov when she unleashes an extraordinary power that could change the fate of her war-torn world.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 86%

What critics said: “If Shadow and Bone doesn’t provide quite the level of characterizing nuance and challenging chronological complexity of The Witcher — and it does not — it does go down easier, and seems expressly intended to make long weekend afternoons pass more quickly.” — NPR (season one)

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The top 9 movies on Netflix this week, from ‘Stowaway’ to ‘Thunder Force’

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Anna Kendrick in “Stowaway.”

  • Every week, the streaming search engine Reelgood compiles for Insider a list of which movies have been most prominent on Netflix’s daily top-10 lists that week.
  • Netflix counts a view if an account watches a movie or TV show for at least two minutes.
  • “Stowaway,” a new sci-fi movie starring Anna Kendrick, was Netflix’s most popular movie this week.
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9. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998)

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Description: “Eight U.S. Army Rangers penetrate German-held territory during World War II to find and bring home a soldier whose three brothers have been killed.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 93%

What critics said: “[Saving Private Ryan] accomplishes something I had been taught was most difficult — making an action-filled anti-war film or, at least, one that doesn’t in some way glorify or lie about combat.” — Chicago Tribune

8. “Barbie and Chelsea: The Lost Birthday” (2021)

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Description: “When Barbie’s sister Chelsea thinks her birthday has been skipped, she hunts for a magic gem on a jungle island that will grant her wish to get it back.”

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7. “The Zookeeper’s Wife” (2017)

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Description: “When the Nazis invade Poland, Warsaw Zoo caretakers work with the underground resistance to save Jews from the horrors of the Third Reich.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 64%

What critics said: “Jessica Chastain is relaxed with some actual lion cubs, and there’s a bunny that should win an Oscar. But when the film pivots to the scared human beings down below, you get a hint of the weirder, tougher drama it might have been.” — Time Out

6. “The Secret Life of Pets 2” (2019)

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Description: “On a farm outside New York, Max aims to boost his confidence while in the city, Snowball attempts to rescue a tiger cub and Gidget pretends to be a cat.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 60%

What critics said: “It’s never a great sign when the biggest laughs a movie gets are during the end credits.” — New York Post

5. “The Little Rascals” (1994)

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Description: “As Alfalfa tries to charm Darla, a group of pint-sized mischief-makers land in all sorts of antics. Inspired by Hal Roach’s ‘Our Gang’ series.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 23%

What critics said: “Spheeris appears caught between her desire to make a film for little children and amuse their parents, resulting in a mess that will do anything for a cheap laugh.” — Blu-ray.com

4. “Synchronic” (2020)


Description: “Two paramedics begin to question their realities after coming across several bizarre deaths linked to a new narcotic with mind-bending effects.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 79%

What critics said: “A smart indie sci-fi which has much to say and some great ideas, all wrapped up in a designer-drug-based premise that makes it sound less interesting than it actually is.” — Empire Magazine

3. “Thunder Force” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “Two childhood best friends reunite as an unlikely crime-fighting superhero duo when one invents a formula that gives ordinary people superpowers.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 22%

What critics said: “Thunder Force might help illustrate why there are so few pure superhero comedy movies … It’s almost as if being a superhero is hard, but being funny is much harder.”  — Polygon

2. “American Me” (1992)

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Description: “Three friends born in poverty create their own capitalist dream as powerful gang members. Time in prison makes one of them consider a fresh beginning.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 78%

What critics said: “Throughout, Olmos dominates the film with an impassive, yet inwardly tormented performance as he wears the implacable mask of power.” — Hartford Courant

1. “Stowaway” (2021, Netflix original)

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Description: “A three-person crew on a mission to Mars faces an impossible choice when an unplanned passenger jeopardizes the lives of everyone on board.”

Rotten Tomatoes critic score: 75%

What critics said: “Just about every confusing plot point is overcome by a powerful human moment.” — Vulture

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How much is Netflix? A breakdown of the monthly prices and offerings for every subscription plan

How much Netflix costs will depend on which plan you choose.

  • A Netflix monthly subscription costs $8.99 for the Basic plan, $13.99 for Standard, and $17.99 for Premium.
  • The Standard DVD and Blu-ray plan starts at $7.99 monthly, and the Premier plan starts at $11.99.
  • Depending on the Netflix plan you choose, you’ll have access to Ultra HD video, and the ability to stream on multiple screens at once.
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With a vast library of TV shows, movies, and original programming, most people would agree that Netflix is an essential part of the entertainment landscape.

Like its competitors, Netflix offers a variety of subscription tiers, which differ in price and features. In the US, Netflix even still offers the ability to order DVD and Blu-ray discs in the mail.

Here’s a guide to what Netflix charges for each of its plans.

How much Netflix costs per month

Netflix offers three streaming plans: Basic, Standard, and Premium, starting at $9 per month and ending at $18 per month. Here’s what you get with each plan, and how much each one costs.

Subscription plan Monthly price Streaming quality Simultaneous streams Access to content
Basic $8.99 Standard Definition (not HD) One Every Netflix title
Standard $13.99 High Definition (HD) Two Every Netflix title
Premium $17.99 HD and 4K Ultra HD Four Every Netflix title

Additionally, each Netflix plan lets you download movies and shows onto your device to watch when you don’t have internet. The Basic plan lets you download onto one device at once, the Standard plan allows you two devices, and the Premium plan gives you four.

How much Netflix’s DVD and Blu-ray plans cost per month

In the US, Netflix continues to offer discs by mail at dvd.netflix.com.

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With both pricing plans, Netflix sends you discs that you can keep for as long as you want. As soon as you return that disc, Netflix immediately sends you the next disc listed in your queue. There’s no limit to how many discs you can watch over time, though – the only limitation is how quickly you can watch and return discs.

You can order a massive variety of shows and movies by disc, even including some that streaming Netflix doesn’t have.

Here are the pricing plans. Note that they’ll differ depending on whether you want just DVDs, or both DVDs and Blu-rays.

Subscription plan Monthly price How many discs you can have at once How many discs can you rent per month Late fees
Standard $7.99 for DVDs, $9.99 for DVDs and Blu-rays One disc Unlimited None
Premier $11.99 for DVDs, $14.99 for DVDs and Blu-rays Two discs Unlimited None

Once you order a DVD from dvd.netflix.com, it’ll arrive in about one to three business days. When you’re done with it, just place it back in the red envelope provided and put it in the mail.

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How to watch the first three episodes of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Season 4 on Hulu

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” season four.

  • The Handmaid’s Tale” is a TV adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s classic novel.
  • The fourth season premiered on April 28 exclusively through Hulu.
  • A Hulu subscription costs $6 a month with ads, or $12 a month for ad-free streaming.

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The critically acclaimed Hulu original series, “The Handmaid’s Tale,” has returned with an all-new season.

Based on Margaret Atwood’s classic book, the show has been a hit on the streaming service through the first three seasons. “The Handmaid’s Tale” is set in a dystopian alternate reality where women are subjugated under a totalitarian government. The new season features June (Elisabeth Moss) taking on the role of a “fierce rebel leader” against the Republic of Gilead, according to Hulu’s synopsis.

“The Handmaid’s Tale” has received numerous awards, including an Emmy for outstanding drama series in 2017, and a Golden Globe for best drama series in 2018. The show holds an “88% Fresh” rating on review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.

How to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ on Hulu

The fourth season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” premiered on Hulu with three new episodes on April 28. Hulu will then release one new episode every Wednesday between May 5 and June 16.

If you want to catch up on past seasons before the premiere, you can stream all 36 episodes from the first, second, and third seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale” right now on Hulu.

Hulu’s basic, ad-supported plan costs $6 a month or $60 a year. We recommend you get the annual version for the most savings, as it comes out to $12 less per year. For ad-free streaming, you can opt for Hulu’s premium plan at $12 a month. No matter what on-demand plan you choose, new members get a free 30-day trial.

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You can also package Hulu Basic with Disney Plus and ESPN+ for $14 a month. The bundle will supplement Hulu’s library with live sports from ESPN+ and tons of hit movies and shows from Disney Plus. Other versions of Hulu are also available with the bundle for an extra fee. You can find a detailed breakdown of Hulu bundle options here.

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“The Handmaid’s Tale” is available to watch on Hulu through a range of streaming devices including Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation, and most smart TVs. You can also access Hulu through a web browser.

How to watch ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ without Hulu

If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can buy individual episodes or full seasons of “The Handmaid’s Tale” from digital retailers like Amazon, iTunes, and Vudu. Episodes are priced at $3 each in HD video quality.

That said, only the first three seasons are available to buy from other platforms. As such, we recommend Hulu as a better option since Hulu will grant you access to the fourth season as soon as it premieres.

It’s not clear when other platforms will add season four, but it usually takes several months for new seasons to receive a home video release after they air on Hulu.

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Netflix’s new ‘Play Something’ feature will remove the stress of picking something to watch by choosing a show or movie for you

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  • Netflix is adding a new shuffle-play button called “Play Something.”
  • Play Something will pick a series or movie on your behalf based on your interests.
  • The feature is rolling out on TVs globally on Wednesday and is coming to Android devices soon.
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After a year of staying at home, trying to decide on something to stream can be a daunting task. Thanks to a new Netflix feature, that agony may be coming to an end.

Netflix on Wednesday launched a new feature called “Play Something.” The new tool, which acts like a shuffle button, will choose a series or movie on your behalf based on other things you’ve watched in the past. If you don’t like what it serves up, you can hit “Play Something Else” and it will supply either a new movie or show, or one you’re already watching, didn’t finish, or have already added to your list.

Play Something will show up multiple times in the app, including underneath your profile name, on your Netflix homepage, and in the navigation menu on the left side.

The feature is rolling out on TVs worldwide on Wednesday and will be coming to Android devices soon, Netflix says.

Read more: Netflix has kept churn low despite price hikes and intensifying competition, and it could be a key to success during a tough 2021

Netflix has been testing a shuffle-play feature since last summer and announced during its fourth-quarter earnings report in January that the feature would be rolling out in the first half of 2021. Greg Peters, Netflix’s COO and chief product officer, said at the time that the feature was “really working for us” and that the company had found that sometimes, users just want to “skip browsing entirely” and have Netflix choose a title for them.

Reed Hastings, co-CEO of Netflix, jokingly asked at the time whether Netflix was going to name the feature “I’m feeling lucky,” a reference to an early Google feature that let you head directly to the top search result for your query rather than browsing through pages of websites.

Netflix has also tested other similar features, including the option on Android to play a random episode of a TV show like “The Office” or “Arrested Development.” Hulu has done the same, adding a shuffle button for “Seinfeld” in 2019.

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Hulu Basic is one of the most affordable streaming services on the market – here’s what you get for $6 a month

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As streaming services surge in interest following a year spent mostly indoors, cable subscriptions and cinema outings are fading away in favor of at-home binge-watching sessions and indoor movie nights. In fact, a survey of American households suggests the average home now has four streaming subscriptions.

Many people are looking for the best value to help build their repertoire of digital platforms. Hulu Basic is one of the cheapest options at just $6 a month ($60 a year). The plan gets you access to an extensive library of shows, movies, and Hulu Originals.

What is Hulu Basic?

Hulu Basic is the company’s simplest and most affordable streaming option. For $6 a month you get access to Hulu’s entire catalog, but you will have to watch some ads as you stream. New subscribers can receive a free 30-day trial when they sign up.

Hulu plays host to a wide variety of content, including comedies like “Letterkenny,” cartoons like “Animaniacs,” dramas like “Fargo,” gems from the ’90s like “Seinfeld,” Hulu originals like “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and even Oscar-winning films like “Nomadland.”

You can also use Hulu to keep up with select network shows as they air – or the day after they air – like “Saturday Night Live,” “The Bachelor,” and many more. This is a huge advantage over Netflix where you have to wait up to a year or more for an entire season to show up.

What’s the difference between Hulu Basic and Hulu Premium?

Hulu Basic costs just $6 a month, while Hulu premium is $12 a month. Both offer access to Hulu’s entire on-demand catalog, but Basic has ads while Premium is ad-free.

Students can get Hulu Basic for $2 a month with a verified college enrollment – a savings of $48 a year compared to the regular price.

In exchange for a cheaper monthly rate, Hulu Basic serves you unskippable ads before and during your stream. Hulu will typically air five minutes of ads for 30-minute programs and 10 minutes of ads for hour-long programs. It’s a small price to pay for halving the cost of your subscription, and it’s still less overall ad time than you’d find on cable.

You can also sign up for Hulu Basic as part of a bundle with Disney Plus and ESPN+. This bundle costs $14 a month, which is about $6 cheaper than the price of paying for all three services separately. The plan is $20 a month for Disney Plus, ESPN+, and Hulu Premium.

How can I stream Hulu?

Most smart TVs have Hulu already built in, so all you’ll have to do is launch the app and sign in to start watching. You can explore our guide for the best affordable smart TVs if you want a new display on a budget.

Aside from streaming on your laptop or phone, you can also use a streaming stick or box. These devices connect to your TV, offering access to apps like Hulu. We recommend the Roku Ultra as our top streaming option, but there are tons of other devices across price ranges.

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Every new movie you can watch on Disney Plus – from ‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ to Oscar winner ‘Soul’

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The Disney Plus streaming library features an extensive collection of movies, including many Disney and Pixar classics, virtually every film from the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, and tons more.

There are even brand-new feature films made exclusively for Disney Plus, like a live-action “Lady and the Tramp” and the holiday comedy “Noelle.” Disney Plus also features exclusive musicals, like “Hamilton” and “Black Is King.” Subscribers can also gain early streaming access to select movies, like “Raya and the Last Dragon,” for an extra fee.

Additional original movies are also in the works, with new titles set to be released throughout the year and beyond.

What movies are available on Disney Plus?

Disney Plus features classic movies like “Snow White,” recent Pixar releases like “Soul,” nearly everything from the Star Wars and Marvel franchises, and even more obscure fare like “The Computer Wore Sneakers.”

Disney Plus is also home to a growing collection of original movies produced exclusively for the streaming service. Some original titles available right now include the live-action version of “Lady and the Tramp,” the holiday comedy “Noelle,” the coming-of-age film “Stargirl,” and the fantasy movie “Artemis Fowl.”

Other notable Disney Plus exclusives include the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and Beyoncé’s visual album “Black is King.”

Over the coming months and years, Disney Plus will release even more exclusive movies, with offerings generally geared toward families. Below, we’ve compiled a complete list of all the new Disney Plus movies announced so far.

Here are all the new films to stream on Disney Plus:

‘Raya and the Last Dragon’ – Premier Access available now

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Raya and the Last Dragon” is an animated fantasy adventure. The movie focuses on Raya, a warrior who goes on a quest to stop an evil force plaguing her world. In order to save the land, Raya must find the last dragon. The film stars the vocal talents of Kelly Marie Tran and Awkwafina.

You can unlock the movie while it’s still playing in theaters via Disney Plus Premier Access for a one-time free of $30 in addition to your monthly subscription. The film will be available to all subscribers without an extra fee starting June 4.

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‘Mulan’ – available now

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Mulan” is a new live-action retelling of the classic Chinese folk story. The movie stars Yifei Liu as the titular hero. The story was previously adapted into an animated Disney movie in 1998.

The movie debuted as a “Premier Access” title for an additional $30 fee, but the film is now available to all Disney Plus subscribers at no extra cost. 

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‘Soul’ – available now

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“Soul” is a jazz-influenced animated film from Pixar. The movie stars the vocal talents of Jamie Foxx as Joe Gardner, a middle school band director who has an out-of-body experience. Tina Fey also stars in a supporting role. “Soul” won the 2021 Academy Award for best animated film.

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‘Hamilton’ – available now

“Hamilton” arrived on Disney Plus on July 3.

Based on the Broadway musical, “Hamilton” focuses on the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Lin-Manuel Miranda plays the title character and is also the composer of the musical’s soundtrack.  The movie version of “Hamilton” was filmed at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016, and stars the original cast of the Broadway show. 

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‘Black Is King’ – available now

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Black Is King” is a new feature-length visual album from Beyoncé Knowles-Carter. The special incorporates the lessons of Disney’s “The Lion King” into a new visual narrative that features images of the Black diaspora. The movie is directed by Emmanuel Adjei, Blitz Bazawule, and Beyoncé.

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions’ – available now

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Taylor Swift’s “Folklore: The Long Pond Studio Sessions” was released on Disney Plus in November 2020.

This intimate concert film reunites Taylor Swift with Jack Antonoff and Aaron Dessner, who collectively created Swift’s album “Folklore.” The trio perform songs from the record and discuss the origin of different songs. Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon also makes an appearance. 

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‘Artemis Fowl’ – available now

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Based on the young adult book by Eoin Colfer, “Artemis Fowl” follows a 12-year-old criminal genius named Artemis who embarks on an adventure to find his missing father. While searching for his dad, Artemis encounters a dangerous group of fairies.

The movie comes from director Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”, “Cinderella”), and stars Ferdia Shaw, Josh Gad, Judi Dench, and Colin Farrell. 

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‘Lady and the Tramp’ – available now

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As recent years have demonstrated, Disney loves a live-action remake.

This live-action retelling of the 1955 Disney classic “Lady and the Tramp” stars Tessa Thompson (“Westworld,” “Thor: Ragnarok”) as the voice of Lady, and Justin Theroux (“The Leftovers,” “Maniac”) as the voice of Tramp. 

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‘Noelle’ – available now


In the holiday comedy “Noelle,” Bill Hader is Nick Kringle, the heir apparent to Santa Claus who runs away from home to escape his fate. Anna Kendrick, who plays his sister Noelle, heads out into the real world to bring him back.

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‘Togo’ – available now


“Togo” is centered around the true story of the 1925 serum run to Nome, or what was known as the Great Race of Mercy, when dog sled teams braved the elements and harsh terrain to deliver medical serum to stave off an epidemic.

In the historical adventure drama, William Defoe stars as sled dog owner Leonhard Seppala alongside his rambunctious husky Togo. 

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‘Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made’ – available now

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Based on the novel “Timmy Failure: Mistakes Were Made” by New York Times best-selling cartoonist Stephan Pastis, the movie follows the adventures of 11-year-old Timmy Failure (Winslow Fegley), who’s under the impression that he’s the town’s greatest detective.

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‘Stargirl’ – available now

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America’s Got Talent” winner, singer, and ukulele player Grace VanderWaal stars as Stargirl Caraway in the teen drama “Stargirl” inspired by the book of the same name by Jerry Spinelli.

The homeschooled Stargirl, a quirky and unconventional character, enrolls in a public high school in Arizona and meets Leo Borlock (Graham Verchere), who falls for her unique charms.  

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Other Disney Plus movies available now

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‘Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe’

Disney Channel’s “Phineas and Ferb” may have ended in 2015 after an eight-year run, but its fan base is as strong as ever.

This is the second feature-length film based on the series. In this new installment of the Phineas and Ferb story, the brothers travel across the galaxy to save their sister Candace who has been abducted by aliens.

‘Secret Society of Second-Born Royals’

Fresh from her title role on the Disney Channel’s “Andi Mack,” Payton Elizabeth Lee stars in the contemporary princess tale “Secret Society of Second Born Royals.”

Lee’s character is in the midst of a teenage rebellion against her royal upbringing, where she is second in line to the thrown. Things take a turn when she discovers she has superpowers and becomes part of a secret society of royal heirs. 

‘Magic Camp’

Adam Devine of “Pitch Perfect” fame stars as Andy, a young man who returns to camp as a counselor in hopes of helping his career. The comedy is based on a story by comedian and one-time magician, Steve Martin. 

‘Flora & Ulysses’ 

“Flora & Ulysses” is based on the Newberry Award-winning children’s book by Kate DiCamillo. The story centers on a 10-year-old girl named Flora. After she saves a squirrel, the animal wreaks havoc on her life. The cast includes Matilda Lawler, Ben Schwartz, Alyson Hannigan, and Kate Micucci.


The fantasy film focuses on a fairy godmother-in-training who attempts to help a woman who is in need of some magic in her life. Sharon Maguire (“Bridget Jones’s Diary”) directs from a script written by Kari Granlund and Melissa Stack. Jillian Bell and Isla Fisher lead the cast, which also includes Jane Curtin and Mary Elizabeth Ellis. 


“Safety” is an uplifting drama based on the true story of Ray McElrathbey. The film focuses on a young man who has to raise his 11-year-old brother while juggling his own life and playing football at Clemson University. The movie is directed by Academy Award nominee Reginald Hudlin (“Marshall”). 

‘Black Beauty’

This new adaptation of the classic novel by Anna Sewell focuses on a horse who is taken from the wild and brought to a stable where she meets a young girl. The two form a powerful friendship. The movie stars Kate Winslet, Mackenzie Foy, and Iain Glen. 

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Disney Plus FAQs

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Disney Plus launched in November 2019 in the United States.

What is Disney Plus and how much does it cost?

Disney Plus is a streaming service with a huge array of movies and shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic, and 20th Century Fox.

An annual subscription costs $80 a year while a monthly subscription costs $8 a month. A bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ is available for $14 a month.

Here’s everything you need to know about the service along with plan breakdowns. You can also read our full review of Disney Plus here.

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