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Disney today announced that streaming service Disney+ has hit 86.8 million subscribers, a milestone that it has reached 13 months after launching. Disney+ has gained well over 10 million subscribers since November, when the service had 73.7 million subscribers.

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Disney shared the new subscriber metric during Disney Investor Day, which is also expected to see the company unveil new franchises and content related to Marvel and Star Wars. Disney today also announced plans for a new bundle that will include Disney+ alongside the Hulu ad-free subscription service.

At launch, Disney projected that it would hit 60 to 90 million subscribers by 2024, a goal that the company has met and will soon exceed. Disney+ has been more successful than Apple TV+, which launched right around the same time, but Apple does not provide Apple TV+ subscriber numbers so there's no direct comparison to make. If Apple TV+ were hitting the subscriber numbers that Disney+ has reached, Apple executives likely would have mentioned it.

‌Apple TV+‌ has struggled to compete with Disney+ because Disney has an established catalog of content along with popular Star Wars and Marvel content. Apple has been working to build up new original TV shows and movies, but it still trails behind Disney.

Article Link: Disney+ Hits 86.8 Million Subscribers 13 Months After Launching
 
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trim

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Disney+ has so much more content, a very strong media brand, and a pandemic on their side where they can just use their back catalogue. Unsurprising that it is doing so well in its first year.

It will be interesting to see if Disney can provide strong, mature shows long-term outside of Star Wars and Marvel, because it feels like they are coasting on those and its back catalogue atm.
 

The Chosen One

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I wonder how many people took a year subscription because it was cheaper and wont sign up for longer. I was one of those. Not dissapointed or anything but think i'd rather wait another 6 months and then maybe sign up for 1-2 months and cancel again.
 
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chinito77

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I finally decided to install it on my Apple TV. Went to sign up and told it's not available in my country (Japan). :(
 

richpjr

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I get Disney for free from Verizon and had Apple TV for free with a laptop purchase and now have it with the Apple One bundle. There is just so little I am interested in on Apple TV that I never watch it. I watch stuff on Disney all the time.

It's all about the content and Apple is WAY behind in that race.
 

anson42

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I wonder how many people took a year subscription because it was cheaper and wont sign up for longer. I was one of those. Not dissapointed or anything but think i'd rather wait another 6 months and then maybe sign up for 1-2 months and cancel again.
I lucked into the approx $4/month for 3 years deal. So far, it's been a steal at that price. I only see Disney+ getting better, too, over time, so I don't see any issues continuing at full price after that.
 

star-affinity

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Credit where credit is due, their launch went well and I've never had streaming issues despite their massive volume of subscribers. For a brand new service, that's impressive.
Agree. I'm also impressed by the video stream quality. Was pleasantly surprised to see even an old Pluto cartoon from the 1947 looked great and probably have been remastered in some way. Seems there's people with an eye for quality control behind the service. :)

By the way, I'd also like to give Apple credit for the video stream quality of tv+ which I find great too! 👍
 

entropyfl

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I think it’s great but I will most likely cancel because I already owned our fav Disney films through iTunes. I bought it for my 6 year old but she never uses it! She’s more obsessed with you tube which is depressing me!
 

tedwill

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Sadly cable was replaced with streaming services which all together cost as much as cable with premium channels. the difference is that we can watch what we want when we want. Disney+ is doing well because of the Avengers + Star Wars (Mandalorian). The Apple + content is very good, but not nearly the catalog as Netflix and Disney+. I agree with Contactos about HBO Max, but that will change when all WB Movies will stream on that platform the same day as the theatrical release, especially Wonder Woman 84. I have free HBO Max because of AT&T, free Apple + because I buy Apple products, so I think we have a lot of great competition and content. Apple will catch up either through acquisition or consistently releasing lots of good content.
 

Unity451

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It will be interesting to see if Disney can provide strong, mature shows long-term outside of Star Wars and Marvel, because it feels like they are coasting on those and its back catalogue atm.
If you mean mature as in "mature-rated" shows, then I hope you're wrong. I'm sick of all the great show concepts that get ruined by language, nudity, violence, etc.. Believe it or not, there are still lots of people out there who would rather enjoy a great movie or show without all the filth that is so common in hollywood these days.
 
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