How to stream Beyoncé's Black Is King on Disney Plus for free or at a discount
If you've got Verizon Unlimited, Fios and 5G Home, you can get a free year of Disney Plus. US Mobile customers are also eligible. Here are the best options for getting Disney's streaming service on the cheap.
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Disney Plus, the popular new streaming service from Disney, is giving Netflix a run for its money. The filmed version of the Broadway smash hit Hamilton streamed exclusively on Disney Plus earlier in July, and on Friday, Beyoncé's visual album Black Is King started streaming exclusively on the platform, too. The new visual album, a companion to her Lion King-inspired album The Gift, celebrates Black excellence and Black culture.
Unfortunately, Disney Plus no longer offers a seven-day free trial for new subscribers. But if you've been slow to sign up, don't worry -- you can still take advantage of free trials from US Mobile and Verizon, or other bundle deals.
US Mobile is offering a free Disney Plus subcription to customers with three or more lines of service as part of a package deal that includes other free subscriptions to various entertainment services, including Netflix, Apple TV Plus and Spotify. And new and existing Verizon Unlimited, Fios or 5G Home plan subscribers can still get a free year of Disney Plus.
Here's how to save some money with a Disney Plus subscription.
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How to get in on the Verizon deal
If you're already a Verizon Unlimited customer:
1. Head to Verizon's Disney Plus sign up page and click or tap Get Started. 2. Under the heading Already have Unlimited? click or tap Get Disney+, then sign in with your username and password. 3. On the next page, beneath 1st year on us $6.99/month after, click or tap the Get Disney+ button. 4. Check the box to accept Terms and Conditions then click or tap the Enroll in Disney+ button.
If you're a Verizon wireless customer but aren't enrolled in a qualifying Unlimited plan:
Verizon offers five eligible Unlimited wireless plans, ranging in price from $35 per line (with a minimum four lines) to $90 for a single line. Verizon also has three Fios Home Internet plans ranging from $40 to $80, depending on data allowance and availability.
Stack the Verizon offer with other deals
If you've already taken advantage of another offer, like the three-years-for-the-price-of-two deal Disney Plus offered earlier this year, you can still get a free year as a Verizon customer. Just sign up for the free year of Disney Plus through the Verizon website as you normally would.
When you're redirected to the Disney Plus website, sign in with the username you used when you bought your subscription and Disney Plus will apply the free year to your account. That means you could get as many as four years for the price of two, depending on the package you already purchased. Note that the Verizon deal will count toward your first year and your purchased package for the remainder.
How to get in on the US Mobile deal
US Mobile offers a bundle of "perks" to customers who sign up for multiple lines. With two lines of service, customers are eligible to select from a free subscription to either Apple TV Plus, Pandora Plus or Slacker Plus LiveXLive. With three lines of service, customers can choose one option from that list and one of either a Disney Plus-Hulu-ESPN Plus bundle, Netflix, Audible, Spotify Family or Apple Music Family subscription. Add a total of four lines and you can add yet another free service on top of those two, choosing from either Xbox Live Gold or PlayStation Plus.
The US Mobile deal is a bit different, in that you subscribe to the aforementioned services and US Mobile deducts the cost of those subscriptions from your cellular bill, so you pay for everything separately.
At $7 a month, Disney Plus is already priced between the $5 a month Apple TV Plus service, and Netflix's $9-a-month basic tier. To sweeten the deal, Disney is bundling Disney Plus with Hulu (with ads) and ESPN Plus and offering a $5 discount if you subscribe to all three of its streaming options, totaling $13 a month. Disney has hinted it may consider raising the price of Disney Plus in the future as the service expands and picks up more movies and shows.
Disney Plus subscribers are also eligible for a one-week free trial followed by three months of Starz for $5 per month, after which the price increases to $9 per month. To take advantage of this deal, all you have to do is accept the offer when it's presented to you during your Disney Plus enrollment.