This coming June, Disney is set to make a major change to its streaming service offering in Latin America, when on June 26th 2024, Star+ will merge into Disney+, bringing all of Disney’s general entertainment content from studios like FX, ABC and 20th Century Studios, plus sports content from ESPN, into one single app.

As you might expect, the merger is going to result in a price increase for Disney+ users, as the addition of Star+ content will double the amount of content available. 

Disney+ will offer two plans, Standard and Premium, from June 26th, 2024. This will bring Latin America in line with many countries around the world, with the exception of an option to have a cheaper ad-supported tier, which will no doubt follow at a later date!.

The Standard Tier will be priced at R$43.90 a month or R$368.90 for an annual subscription. It will allow users to watch content in HD and watch it on two devices simultaneously.  This is an increase from R$33.90 a month for Disney+, but it does work out slightly cheaper than than Combo+ bundle of Star+ and Disney+, which is currently priced at R$55.90 a month.

Meanwhile, the Premium Tier will be priced at R$62.90 a month, or R$527.90 for an annual subscription.  Users will have access to watch content in 4K UHD & HDR, with the ability to watch on four devices simultaneously.

These new prices will take effect for new subscribers from June 26th 2024, while existing Disney+ subscribers will see the prices adjust from July 26th 2024, for monthly subscriptions and for any annual renewals after that date.

Users of the Combo+ bundle, which includes Star+ and Disney+, will also be moved to the new pricing structure and will continue to have access to everything via the Disney+ app, as a Star and ESPN hub will be added to Disney+.

The Star+ app will be available for existing subscribers until July 24th 2024, giving users a month to get used to the new Disney+ app.

Roger’s Take:  Merging two apps together is never going to be easy, but at least in this case, it doesn’t impact account details, but it’s always going to be an awkward period for users.  It shouldn’t be a surprise to see the core Disney+ product is going to have a price rise, since it’s getting a huge upgrade of new content.  Disney+ subscribers in many countries around the world had a similar situation when Star initially launched in 2021, but at least the new cost of Disney+ is cheaper than the Combo bundle.  It’s likely the launch of the ESPN hub in Latin America will eventually follow in many other regions around the world, as Disney is finally looking to consolidate the many different platforms it offers.

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Roger Palmer

Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom. Email: Twitter: Facebook:

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