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Apr 12, 2001

Disney's streaming television and movie service Disney+ boasts 57.5 million paid subscribers worldwide as of June 27, up three million from the 54.5 million subscribers it had in May 2020.


By early 2020, Disney+ had already hit 50 million subscribers, marking impressive growth since it launched in November. When Disney+ launched, Disney estimated that it would see 60 to 90 million subscribers worldwide by the end of 2024, but the company is already well on its way to hitting the lower end of that target in 2020.

Disney+ launched right around the same time that Apple introduced Apple TV+, but because Apple does not provide subscriber numbers for the service, there's no direct comparison to make.

Apple has been offering a free year of Apple TV+ service to those who purchase a new Apple device and has been doing so since late 2019, so it will still be some time before those free accounts convert into paid subscriptions.

Disney+ has an edge over Apple TV+ because Disney has an established catalog of content along with popular Star Wars and Marvel content. Apple TV+ has been working to build up new content offerings and has added many TV shows and movies, but it still trails Disney in terms of sheer content.

Most recently, Apple picked up Tom Hanks WWII movie "Greyhound," which reportedly saw large numbers of people watching. The movie allegedly had the largest opening weekend release ever on Apple TV+, with a viewing audience commensurate with a summer box office hit.

Across all of its services, including Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN, Disney said that it has more than 100 million paying subscribers worldwide. Disney today also said that it plans to bring Mulan to Disney+ on September 4, but it will cost an additional $29.99.

Article Link: Disney+ Now Has 57.5 Million Paid Subscribers
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Editor emeritus
Jul 10, 2003
Falls Church, VA

Disney+ launched right around the same time that Apple introduced Apple TV+, but because Apple does not provide subscriber numbers for the service, there's no direct comparison to make.

I don't need to see AppleTV+'s numbers to know that Disney+ has a TON more paid subscribers. I'm guessing in the neighborhood of double.


macrumors 65816
Jul 11, 2008
Just echoing others here. Easily the best streaming service I subscribe to. One of the things they did right? Quality. The quality of the video stream is TOP notch. Most of the movies are in 4k, HDR, and the BIG kicker: all of the main Disney movies have Dolby Atmos soundtracks. For that alone, they would get my dollar... but as others have mentioned the value goes well beyond even the quality.


macrumors P6
Mar 21, 2011
Australia, Perth
This is what you do though... It's no surprise AppleTV+ is getting attention thanks to celebrities to attempt to make it more popular.

Apple probably knows this and wanting to play 'catch-up' ..Trouble is, they didn't bet on users would rather turn to where the content is.
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Sep 15, 2016
Berlin, Germany
I got it for free with Telekom in Germany for half a year and since I have not been working since the end of March due to the pandemic I have spending my time watching all the classic movies by release date (including Pixar). I am now up to Wall-E


macrumors member
Oct 27, 2010
Content is king. Disney and Apple don’t have any overlap between the services, so they should work well. The Apple catalog will continue to grow as they invest in it.

Netflix would do well to have an option for just their content only for a lower price. Licensing all the other stuff keeps driving the price upwards.
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