You Don’t Have to Pay Full Price to Watch Beyonce’s ‘Black Is King’ on Disney+

Photo of Beyonce to accompany article on her new visual album, "Black is King," and how to pay less to watch it on Disney+ Disney / Travis Matthews
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If you’re excited to watch Beyoncé’s “Black Is King,” released on Friday, you’re far from the only one.

Her latest visual album just debuted on streaming service Disney+—and her fans are loving every second.

To join in on the fun, though, you’ll need to have a subscription to Disney+. We know that saving money wherever you can right now is a priority for so many, and the typical free trial hack won’t work in this case, since Disney+ no longer offers a trial period

So we’ve rounded up some of the best ways to save money on a Disney+ subscription.

The Cost of Disney+

Memberships for the Disney+ service start at a flat rate of $6.99 per month. It includes access to movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic.

For comparison, a regular Netflix subscription is $8.99, and Hulu is $5.99.

How to Save on Disney+

One way to save on Disney+ is to buy in a bundle. If you and your family are avid TV watchers, it might be worth looking into the Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ bundle. It will cost you $12.99 per month, bringing down the cost of each service to $4.33 per month.

Buying a yearly membership will reduce your per-month cost as well. A yearly membership subscription costs $69.99, which nets outs to about $5.83 per month.

A free account with Rakuten, a popular digital coupon service, will also save you. Right now, you can get up to $15 cash back on streaming platforms when you purchase through Rakuten.

Here’s a bit more how the offer breaks down:

  • Disney+ annual subscription: $15 cash back (total price: $54.99 per year, or about $4.58 per month)
  • Disney+ monthly subscription: $1 cash back (total price: $5.99 per month)
  • Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ Bundle subscription: $10 cash back (total price: $59.99 per year, or about $6.16 per month)
  • Gift subscription on a 1-year gifted membership: $5 cash back (total price: $59.99 per year, or about $5 per month)

Another option: If you have The Platinum Card® from American Express, you’re eligible to get an up to $20 monthly streaming credit through December 2020. It’s a perk of the card, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and covers popular services such as Disney+, Hulu and ESPN, as well as Apple Music, Spotify and Netflix. By taking advantage of this perk, you can offset the cost of either your $6.99 monthly Disney+ subscription or the $12.99 monthly bundle.

How to Watch ‘Black Is King’ for Free on Disney+

The best discount we’ve found is this one. If you have an eligible Verizon plan, you can get 12 months of Disney+ service for free, equivalent to $6.99 per month in savings. To do so, log in to your Verizon account, and find “Add-Ons.” Within the “Entertainment” tab, connect your Disney+ account.