On Thursday, Disney+ launched its first-ever ad-supported plan, “Disney+ Primary,” within the U.S. at $7.99 monthly, which is similar worth because the earlier ad-free plan earlier than Disney raised the value to $10.99/month. Nevertheless, Roku customers wanting to modify to the brand new plan are out of luck — at the least for now.
In keeping with Disney Plus’s help web site, the ad-supported tier is “not presently accessible on Roku units.” It’s additionally not accessible on the Microsoft Home windows desktop app, the location informs. So, in the mean time, U.S. subscribers with Disney+ Primary or Disney Bundles like Disney Bundle Duo Primary (Disney+ Primary and Hulu’s advert plan) or Trio Primary (Disney+ Primary, Hulu’s advert plan and ESPN+) are unable to stream on Roku or Home windows.
Disney instructed TechCrunch that it’s nonetheless in talks with Roku about reaching an settlement that fits each events. It’s our guess that the dispute is over an ad-share settlement as, by default, channels should enter an advert income cut up with Roku. Disney, nevertheless, declined to supply specifics. Roku additionally declined to touch upon the negotiations.
Roku has cemented itself as the highest sensible TV platform in the USA. So, it’s a serious drawback for Disney+ to not have its new ad-supported tier accessible on Roku units at launch.
Netflix bumped into the same drawback when it launched its ad-supported plan a month in the past.
On the time, Netflix instructed TechCrunch that, at launch, help for its “Primary with Adverts” plan wasn’t accessible on tvOS units however can be coming quickly. In keeping with Netflix’s help web site, it’s nonetheless unavailable on Apple TV in addition to PlayStation 3 consoles.