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Disney+ now has more than 103 million global paid subscribers, Disney said today in its Q2 earnings report [PDF]. The streaming service has gained more than three million subscribers since March, which was the last time subscriber details were shared.

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In April 2020, Disney+ had just 33 million subscribers, so the service's growth has been astronomical, exceeding all expectations in the year and a half since launch. When Disney+ first debuted, Disney said that it wanted to hit 60 to 90 million subscribers by 2024, a milestone it reached before the end of 2020.

Disney now expects to have 230 to 260 million subscribers worldwide by 2024, which will see Disney+ surpassing Netflix. At the current time, Netflix has 207 million subscribers and Hulu has 41.6 million subscribers.

Disney+ launched at the same time as Apple TV+, but it has grown much more rapidly given the available back catalog of Disney, Marvel, and Star Wars content, along with new TV shows like "The Mandalorian," "WandaVision," and "The Falcon and the Winter Soldier."

Going forward, Disney has set a target of 100+ new titles per year across Disney Animation, Disney Live Action, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

Apple has never provided details on Apple TV+ subscribers so there's no direct comparison to be made, but Apple's subscriber numbers are nowhere near Disney's because Apple still has many people who are on free trials that have been continually extended. Apple is also reimbursing Apple TV+ subscribers because of the free trial offerings, and plans to do so until July.

Apple is working hard to bolster its selection of original movies and TV shows, but it will be several years yet before Apple TV+ has a catalog that can compete with other streaming services.

Article Link: Disney+ Now Has 103.6 Million Subscribers
 

tongxinshe

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When I first heard that Disney+ monthly cost is expected to be as low as $6.99, I knew it would register a huge number of users extremely quickly.

The biggest problem with Disney+ is that it offers almost no other languages. Come on, at least with a list of different subtitles first!!

On the other hand, AppleTV+ did well at language availability, but it has almost NONE catalogs AT ALL, if it wants to stay relevant, it needs to add new titles at a faster pace than Netflix and Disney+.
 

EugW

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I just wish those movies weren't $35 up here in Canada.

I won't pay $35 for Black Widow, and didn't pay $35 for Mulan or Raya either. Disney+ is tempting me with Shang-Chi in September, but that's almost twice what I was paying for movies at the 4K laser IMAX theatre pre-Covid.
 

jimbobb24

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Disney has a great back catalog but their rate of new content is glacial. We are now on the one month of the year plan. Just not worth it for us otherwise.
 
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sw1tcher

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I'm still on my free subscription, as probably are tens of millions of others. In fact, I suspect the majority of those 100+ million subscribers haven't paid a cent.
Huh?

From Disney's earnings release:

The following table presents the number of paid subscribers (in millions) for Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu as of April 3, 2021:

Disney+ : 103.6 million
ESPN+ : 13.8 million
Hulu :
. . . SVOD Only : 37.8 million
. . . Live TV + SVOD : 3.8 million
 

nerdo

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The only good thing I can say about Apple TV is that the shows I have watched turned out to be really good. (watched 3) Netflix is mostly soaps with a lot of boobs and blood, Amazon Prime has a few good series, Disney+ ... Mandalorian was really enjoyable, nice oldschool vibe, Wandavision was cool but Falcon and broody comrad was just terrible, another violent soap. Mulan was terribly boring, but I did enjoy Futurama.

So far nones of the streaming services are really good, most of them have a few good shows and a lot of fluff. Overal Prime wins out on quality and originality, just a shame Amazon seems to be a modern slave master.
 

lazyrighteye

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Those are staggering numbers - of which, 98% are likely parents.
As a parent, D+ was a no-brainer at launch. A year later, I kind of regret renewing my 1-yr subscription (yeah, I jumped in the deep end day one) as we’ve watched all of the content of (our) interest, a couple of times, and there is content on other streamers that I’m interested to check and our budget, and usage habits, neither affords, nor warrants, paying for all of the streaming options every month. Which is totally fine. Not like I’m looking to watch more TV.
So, pending TV strategy going forward?
Month to month only. And only (maybe) a select channel at a time. Ex: rock only Netflix for a month or two, then swap out for HBO. Get up to speed on their catalog for a month or two, then over to Hulu. Or back to Netflix. Sort of depends on their content map. Bounce around.
So yeah… Content is king. Obviously.
 
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lkrupp

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So how many times can you watch Star Wars, Marvel, Bambi, and Dumbo and still be a paying subscriber?
 
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sw1tcher

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Overall, pretty damn good.


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This isn't good though

The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for Disney+ decreased from $5.63 to $3.99 due to the launch of Disney+ Hotstar.


and

Results at Disney+ were comparable to the prior-year quarter as an increase in subscribers was largely offset by higher programming and production, marketing and technology costs. The increases in subscribers and costs reflected the ongoing expansion of Disney+ including launches in additional markets.

Going to have to raise prices again down the road to offset and recoup those higher programming, production, marketing, and tech costs.
 

nerdo

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Those are staggering numbers - of which, 98% are likely parents.
As a parent, D+ was a no-brainer at launch. A year later in, I kind of regret renewing my 1-yr subscription (yeah, I jumped in the deep end day one) as we’ve watched all of the content of (our) interest, a couple of times, and there is content on other streamers that I’m interested to check and our budget, and usage habits, neither affords, nor warrants, paying for all of the streaming options every month. Which is totally fine. Not like I’m looking to watch more TV.
So, pending TV strategy going forward?
Month to month only. And only (maybe) a select channel at a time. Ex: rock only Netflix for a month or two, then swap out for HBO. Get up to speed on their catalog for a month or two, then over to Hulu. Or back to Netflix. sort of depends on their content map. Bounce around.
So yeah… Content is king. Obviously.
Pretty good strategy, the only thing that kept me on D+ was watching all futurama, other than that, seen most of it and actually started watching Apple Tv. Discovered a whole season off Mythic Quest and binged it just before the dropped season two. Nerdy fun. HBO The Nevers is ok if you're into that sort of stuff.
 
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