Verizon is offering 12 months of Disney+ to all of its new and existing 4G LTE and 5G Unlimited wireless customers. New Verizon Fios Home Internet and 5G Home Internet customers will get 12 months of the new streaming service as well. This offer starts on November 12th, which is the same day that Disney+ launches.
So this makes Verizon the exclusive Disney+ carrier, at least for now, and it may help Disney+ compete with the likes of Apple TV+, which itself launches on November 1st. Apple announced recently that anyone who buys an iPhone, iPad, Apple TV or Mac will get a free one-year subscription to the service. Of course, Disney doesn’t have its own hardware to bundle subscriptions with, but the partnership with Verizon might be just what they need to get more people in the door. And that is what it’s all about.
Obviously this isn’t going to please everyone though. The Verizon-Disney+ deal could frustrate customers who signed up for a three-year Disney+ discount bundle and may have also been eligible for a free year through Verizon. Sadly, this kind of thing happens. With less than a month until launch, we don’t know if Disney+ can come up with any more deals.