Verizon customers to get a year of Disney+ for free – AppleTV 4 Jailbreak (appletv4jailbreak.com)
Edward C. Baig, USA TODAY Published 9:00 a.m. ET Oct. 22, 2019 | Updated 12:45 p.m. ET Oct. 22, 2019
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Verizon announced Tuesday that it is teaming up with Disney to give new and existing 4G LTE and 5G wireless “unlimited” customers a free year of the new Disney+ streaming service. The exclusive promotion coincides with the Disney+ launch on Nov. 12. New Verizon FIOS and 5G Home Internet customers will also qualify for a year of Disney+.
The new streaming service becomes the home for Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic content and promises viewers access to Disney’s vast TV and movie library, as well as more than 25 original series and 10 original films and documentaries.
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Verizon will be bundling a free year of Disney+ to wireless and FIOS subscribers. (Photo: Disney)
On Nov. 12, Verizon customers can activate their Disney+ subscription and start streaming on a wide selection of mobile and connected TV devices, including gaming consoles, streaming media players, and smart TVs.
Eligible unlimited plans start at $70 per month (plus taxes and fees) for a single line or $35 per line for a family of four.
As part of the deal, Verizon customers will be able to watch up to four concurrent streams, download content for offline viewing, and create up to seven profiles. Though details haven’t been fully spelled out, customers who want to hold onto Disney after the 12 free months will presumably have to pay regular subscription fees, currently $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year.
Verizon and Disney are teaming up on a Disney+ bundle promotion. (Photo: Verizon)
Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg indicated that beyond Disney+, Verizon would bring its 5G Ultra Wideband technology to the Disney Innovation Studios, as well as to the Disney theme parks.
The Disney+ launch will come nearly two weeks after Apple’s own Apple+ streaming service kicks off on Nov. 1. For its part, Apple is giving customers who buy a new iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV box a full year of that service for free.
Wireless carriers have traditionally teamed up with TV and content partners to offer various incentives to attract and keep customers. AT&T has run various promotions with its DirecTV and HBO properties. T-Mobile customers have gotten a year of Netflix. Sprint has offered Hulu.
Ronan Dunne, who leads Verizon’s consumer group, said in an interview that Verizon is trying to break down the one-size-fits all model and curate more experiences for customers, something the carrier has done for example with a six-month free Apple Music offering.
“This whole idea of blurring the lines between home and mobility is…
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