Disney+ Now Has More Than 100 Million Subscribers

Disney+ has surpassed 100 million global paid subscribers, Disney announced today during a shareholders meeting. The streaming service has gained five million subscribers since Mid-February, which was the last time subscriber info was shared.

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"The enormous success of Disney+ --which has now surpassed 100 million subscribers--has inspired us to be even more ambitious, and to significantly increase our investment in the development of high-quality content," said Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

Disney has set a target of 100+ new titles per year across Disney Animation, Disney Live Action, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic, with Chapek calling the company's direct to consumer business a "top priority."

Disney+ reached the 100 million subscriber milestone 16 months after launch, exceeding all of the original subscriber targets that Disney set. When the service launched, Disney said that it hoped to hit 60 to 90 million subscribers by 2024, which it hit before the end of 2020.

Disney now believes that it will have 230 to 260 million subscribers worldwide by 2024, which will see Disney+ surpassing Netflix. In January, Netflix had more than 200 million subscribers worldwide.

While Disney+ launched at the same time as Apple TV+, Disney's streaming service has grown much more rapidly. By five months after launch, Disney+ already had over 50 million subscribers thanks to Disney's wealth of existing content and original shows like "The Mandalorian" and "WandaVision."

Apple has not provided details on ‌Apple TV+‌ subscribers so there's no direct comparison available, but Apple's subscriber numbers are not likely to be anywhere near Disney's as Apple still has many people who are on free trials, which have been extended multiple times. Apple is also reimbursing ‌Apple TV+‌ costs for subscribers at the current time and will do so until July.

Apple has been ramping up its selection of original movies and TV shows and has invested heavily in new content, but it will be years before ‌Apple TV+‌ has a catalog that can compete with other streaming services.

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bigcat318 Avatar
42 months ago
Looks like the strategy of 'buying all the media companies' is working for them.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hagar Avatar
42 months ago
I wonder when Apple will announce it reached 100.000 paying ATV+ customers ?

Seriously though, ATV+ has some great content but no way I’m becoming a paying customer. Unless it is included in a bundle I’m getting anyway. The Disney library is on another level.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jony Quest Avatar
42 months ago
Easily the best deal out there, as far as streaming services go!

I used the D23 code at launch to prepay 3 years of the service, locked in at ≈ $3/month- making it a particularly amazing value, but even at the new price… it’s fabulous.
Access to movies while still in theaters, an insane back catalogue of shows & movies, plus the biggest ramp up of top tier original content since the advent of streaming… not surprisingly it is a juggernaut!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
iapplelove Avatar
42 months ago

Looks like the strategy of 'buying all the media companies' is working for them.
Call it what you want, still a far better entertainment source than Apple TV
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Rojaaemon Avatar
42 months ago
Disney market cap: $355 billion. Why not make them an offer, Apple?
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wigby Avatar
42 months ago

Disney market cap: $355 billion. Why not make them an offer, Apple?
Disney and Apple have partnered for years and that's the way Apple wants it. Disney brings too much baggage and a different corporate culture. Disney is now one of the few companies playing in the tech/streaming space that is actually older than Apple. Apple only wants their name on Apple originals but what would happen when a new animated feature from Disney premieres on Apple TV+? Half of the audience would call it a Disney production and the other half would call it Apple. Like Disney (who bought Pixar to avoid this very thing) Apple needs total control over their branding and and marketing in order to be Apple.
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