Streaming Deals for 2021: Disney Plus, Hulu, and More
Want to save a few bucks on streaming TV? We’ve got your number(s).
One of the bigger selling points of live TV streaming is that it’s usually less expensive than cable or satellite . . . OK, it’s the biggest selling point. We’re not cheap; we’re “dollar-conscious.”
But there’s always a new way to save a few bucks, even in the streamverse. We’ve done the research and found five sweet deals for streaming TV services that you can take advantage of right now.
Sure, they’re mostly temporary deals, but aren’t all the best things in life fleeting? Love, contentment, Taco Tuesday—don’t dwell. Just enjoy them while they’re here.
Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+
Everybody loves Disney+, the $7.99-a-month streaming service that gives you access to a gazillion Disney movies and shows (and Baby Yoda), but what if that’s still not enough content for your eyeballs? Get this: you can bundle Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+.
For $13.99 a month, you can combine Disney+ with Hulu (basic version with ads, regularly $5.99 a month) and ESPN+ (regularly $5.99 a month). That’s a monthly savings of $6, or $72 annually. You could upgrade your internet speed with the extra green. With all that streaming, you might need it.
There are even variations on this bundle that can save you money on ad-free Hulu or Hulu + Live TV—check out our Hulu Bundles guide for all the deets.
Verizon with Disney+ or Hulu
Don’t want Hulu and ESPN+? How about six months of just Disney+ for free? Verizon is offering a half year of gratis Disney+ to new 5G Unlimited wireless customers.
Also, new Verizon Fios Home Internet or 5G Home Internet customers can get in on a free year of Disney+. That’s a savings of $84 over 12 months.
You can also get six months of ad-supported Hulu for free upon signing up for Verizon’s Fios 400 Home Internet plan (a $36 savings) or a year free when you sign up for Fios Home Internet Gigabit Connection (a $72 savings).
Free Apple TV+
Apple lovers rarely need an excuse to visit an Apple Store, but not all of them are convinced that they should drop $4.99 a month on its fast-growing Apple TV+ streaming service. Conundrum solved: purchase a new iPhone, MacBook, iPad, or Apple TV, and Apple will throw in 12 months of Apple TV+ at zero cost. Ultimately, that’s an annual savings of $59.88.
With it, you can check out Apple TV+ original series like Ted Lasso, Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, and The Morning Show. When does Apple give away anything for free? Get in on this one, iFans.
Sling TV with free and discounted devices
Sling TV is one of the loudest voices in livestreaming TV. But it doesn’t just advertise hard—it’s also willing to give you free stuff to cut that cable (or satellite beam).
If you just want an HD antenna for picking up local channels that Sling TV doesn’t carry, there’s the Basic Locals Bundle: prepay for two months of Sling TV and get an antenna for free.
Sign up and prepay for two months of Sling TV service and you can get an AirTV Mini device (regularly $79.99) for free. The AirTV Mini is a streaming device similar to a Google Chromecast dongle (it actually has Chromecast features built in), and it comes with a remote.
Or you can prepay for three months of Sling TV and get an AirTV Anywhere device and an HD antenna for $99.00 (combo regularly $244.98). The AirTV Anywhere device integrates over-the-air channels like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC into Sling’s screen guide, and it also features a 1 TB DVR for recording those channels.
AT&T TV with free HBO Max
AT&T TV, the live TV streaming service that replaced AT&T TV NOW, has an advantage over other brands: it’s part of AT&T, which also owns premium networks HBO® and HBO Max.
New customers who sign up for AT&T TV’s CHOICE (90+ channels for $84.99 a month) or ULTIMATE (130+ channels for $94.99 a month) plans can get HBO Max (regularly $14.99 a month) included free for 12 months—a savings of $179.88 for the year.