Disney+ Now Has 95 Million Subscribers

During its earnings report covering the fourth quarter of 2020, Disney today announced that it has surpassed 94.9 million subscribers (via CNBC).

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When Disney+ launched, Disney set a goal of hitting 60 million to 90 million subscribers by 2024, a milestone that it reached before the end of 2020. Disney has since re-forecasted and now expects to have 230 to 260 million subscribers by 2024.

With that kind of subscriber growth, Disney+ will likely surpass Netflix. Netflix in January said that it had more than 200 million subscribers worldwide.

Disney+ launched at the same time as Apple TV+, but Disney has seen incredibly rapid growth, reaching 10 million subscribers on the first day and 50 million subscribers at the five month mark. In December, Disney+ was at 86.8 million subscribers, so it has gained eight million subscribers in a month.

Apple does not provide ‌Apple TV+‌ subscriber numbers so there's no direct comparison to make, but if Apple had Disney+ numbers, Apple executives likely would have mentioned it. ‌Apple TV+‌ has not been able to compete with Disney+ because of Disney's established catalog of content along with popular Star Wars and Marvel original shows.

Apple has been ramping up its selection of movies and TV shows, but it will be years before the company has a catalog that can compete with most other streaming services.

Top Rated Comments

nutmac Avatar
8 months ago

I have it free because of Verizon. :p
Verizon is merely passing Disney+ subscription as part of your Verizon plan. Probably not full $6.99/month, but a good percentage of it. It's certainly not free.
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sviato Avatar
8 months ago

I think Apple is more than capable of buying Disney.
Disney's market cap is ~$346 billion. That's much bigger than the largest acquisition that's ever happened and Apple would have to pay a hefty premium over that. It would likely be close to $500 billion, not a drop in the bucket for Apple.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
FasterQuieter Avatar
8 months ago
Once I had finished The Mandalorian, which was nowhere near as good as I had heard, I couldn't find anything else to watch. So I cancelled.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
contacos Avatar
8 months ago

AppleTV+ is confusing. I got the free trial when I bought an iPhone 12 and finding shows to watch has been challenging. I'll find something that looks interesting and it says I need to rent or buy it. I don't see why there isn't an option to just see what you can actually watch with the subscription without renting or buying.
yes its really stupid cuz apple just throws everything into one pot. The easiest way is to look for the „TV+ Channel“
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
LeeW Avatar
8 months ago
How many are actually paying though?
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jarule Avatar
8 months ago

How many are actually paying though?
I have it free because of Verizon. :p
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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