Disney+ launching cheaper, ad-supported version later this year

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Streaming service Disney+ is launching a cheaper version with commercials late this year in the US, followed by other countries in 2023, as Walt Disney Co. tries to improve its chances of hitting its subscriber goals. The Burbank-based company announced the coming ad-supported tier at the start of March, but did not disclose the price or a precise launch date. The ad-free Disney+ costs $8 a month in the US, already less expensive than its biggest rivals, including Netflix ($15.50 a month for its standard plan) and HBO Max ($15 a month). “More consumers will be able to access our amazing conten…

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