Verizon announced last month that it would offer its customers a free year of Disney’s streaming service, Disney Plus, which launched on Tuesday.
The offer is available to new and existing Verizon Wireless Unlimited customers, as well as new Fios Home Internet and new 5G Home Internet customers. Those interested can sign up for updates here.
Verizon said that those who preordered Disney Plus will also be eligible. Their preordered subscription will be “paused” and resume after the free year.
Setting up your free subscription could be a tad confusing, though. First, log in to your Verizon account on the My Verizon app. Go to your Account under the drop-down menu and then click “Add-Ons.” Then select the “Entertainment” tab. You’ll be able to connect your Disney Plus account to your Verizon account from here after Verizon applies a promo code to your Disney Plus account.
To find out if it worked, go to your account in the Disney Plus app. Click “Billing Details” and, if your free year is active, your type of subscription will say “Verizon subscription.”
Disney also offered a deal in August to new and existing members of its official fan club, D23, of a three-year Disney Plus subscription for $47 a year ($141 for three years), which was 33% off the yearly price and amounted to less than $4 a month. High demand for the deal caused the D23 website to crash.
It’s a sign of how the streaming war is heating up. Disney Plus is $6.99 per month and $69.99 per year, while Apple’s competitor, Apple TV Plus, is $4.99 a month. Those who buy a new Apple product receive a free year of the service.
Disney Plus includes content across its popular properties, from Marvel to Pixar, as well as original movies and TV shows — including “The Mandalorian,” the first live-action “Star Wars” series — at launch. Disney is investing heavily in the service and is projecting a 2020 original-programming budget “short of $1 billion,”The Hollywood Reporter said.