Disney+ Now Has 103.6 Million Subscribers

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.

disney plus
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.

Top Rated Comments

Howard Ellacott Avatar
21 months ago

Will ATV+ go down in history as 's greatest blunder?
MobileMe has entered the chat!
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Unregistered 4U Avatar
21 months ago

MobileMe has entered the chat!
Puck mouse joins the fray!
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BigMovieGeek Avatar
21 months ago

Puck mouse joins the fray!
Ha! Good one. I’m going to post that on my iTunes Ping account.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
sw1tcher Avatar
21 months ago

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
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lazyrighteye Avatar
21 months ago
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.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nyGiants Avatar
21 months ago

So how many times can you watch Star Wars, Marvel, Bambi, and Dumbo and still be a paying subscriber?
If you have kids hundreds of times. My kids constantly rewatch Disney movies. Plus I don't have to worry too much about what they watch. Unlike Amazon Prime, Netflix and, Youtube Kids.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

Apple Arcade disney melee mania

Apple Highlights 'Disney Melee Mania' Apple Arcade Exclusive, Shares 'Fraggle Rock: Back to the Rock' Teaser

Monday November 15, 2021 8:56 am PST by
Apple today announced that "Disney Melee Mania," a new game featuring iconic Disney and Pixar characters, will soon be coming exclusively to Apple Arcade. Developed by Mighty Bear Games, Disney Melee Mania brings a large number of Disney and Pixar characters together to battle in a virtual arena. Characters from "Wreck-It Ralph," "Frozen," "The Incredibles," "Toy Story," and more battle...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Expected to Reach 36 Million Subscribers By 2026, Far Short of Rivals

Wednesday October 13, 2021 4:56 am PDT by
Apple's TV+ digital streaming service is expected to have a total of 36 million subscribers by the end of 2026, according to research firm Digital TV Research (via The Hollywood Reporter). According to the research, Disney's wildly successful streaming service will overtake Netflix and reach 284.2 million subscribers by 2026. Netflix by comparison is expected to hit 270.7 million subscribers ...
disney plus

Disney Launching Cheaper, Ad-Supported Version of Disney+ Starting in Late 2022 [Updated]

Thursday March 3, 2022 1:51 pm PST by
Update March 4: Disney has officially announced that it will be introducing an ad-supported Disney+ subscription starting in the U.S. in late 2022 and expanding internationally in 2023. Pricing has yet to be announced. Disney is considering launching a cheaper, ad-supported version of the Disney+ streaming service in the United States, reports The Information. A more affordable...
disney plus

Disney+ Won't Offer a Cheaper Ad-Supported Plan Anytime Soon

Wednesday June 16, 2021 1:23 am PDT by
With the popularity of Disney+ showing no signs of abating, Disney is satisfied with its paid subscriber model and has no plans to introduce a cheaper ad-supported tier anytime soon. That was the take-home message from Disney CEO Bob Chapek when asked about the possibility of a cheaper plan offering for its video streaming service, according to The Verge. Speaking at the Credit Suisse 23rd...
hulu logo 2019

Hulu Raising Prices for On-Demand Plans to Push Subscribers to Bundle

Tuesday September 7, 2021 10:17 am PDT by
Hulu today informed customers that it is planning to raise the price of its ad-supported and ad-free on-demand plans by $1, an increase that will impact both new and existing subscribers. The ad-supported plan, which costs $5.99, is going up to $6.99 per month, while the ad-free plan will be priced at $12.99, up from $11.99. The pricing changes are set to go into effect on October 8....
AppleTVplus philips

Apple TV App Comes to Philips MediaSuite Hotel Room TVs

Friday March 25, 2022 3:45 am PDT by
Apple's official TV app is now available to hotel guests whose rooms come with a Philips MediaSuite hospitality television set. PPDS, the global provider of Philips TV products for the hospitality market, has partnered with Apple to bring the TV app to Philips MediaSuite installed hotels, where guests can now gain access to their Apple TV+ subscription when away from home. With the Apple ...
apple tv plus banner

Apple TV+ Subscribers Who Join for Major Releases Like 'Greyhound' Don't Stick Around

Monday January 31, 2022 1:26 pm PST by
The release of popular Tom Hanks movie "Greyhound" saw a major jump in Apple TV+ subscribers when it launched, but most of those subscribers did not stick around, according to data compiled by subscriber measurement service Antenna and shared by The Wall Street Journal. Apple TV+ saw around 60,000 sign-ups when Greyhound was released on July 10, 2020, with that number not counting those who...
disney plus holiday

Deals: Get One Month of Disney+ for $1.99 This Weekend Only (New and Returning Subscribers)

Friday November 12, 2021 11:40 am PST by
Disney today kicked off its own "Disney+ Day" in an effort to promote new content coming to the streaming platform. Headlining the event is a discount to $1.99 for one month of Disney+ for new or returning subscribers. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with Disney+. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep the site running. This...

Popular Stories

maxresdefault

Can't Get an iPhone 14 Pro? Here's Why You Should Wait for the iPhone 15 Ultra

Monday December 5, 2022 11:44 am PST by
Due to production issues at Apple supplier factories in China, the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max are backordered and basically out of stock at every store. If you were planning to gift or receive an iPhone 14 Pro model for the holidays and didn't already get one, you're basically out of luck because they're gone until late December. Subscribe to the MacRumors YouTube channel for more ...
General iOS 16 Feature Yellow

iOS 16.2 for iPhone Launching This Month With These 8 New Features

Thursday December 1, 2022 8:44 am PST by
Apple plans to publicly release iOS 16.2 for the iPhone in mid-December, according to Bloomberg's Mark Gurman. The update remains in beta testing for now, with at least eight new features and changes already uncovered so far. iOS 16.2 introduces a number of new features, including Apple's new whiteboard app Freeform, two new Lock Screen widgets for Sleep and Medications, the ability to hide...
Apple car wheel icon feature yellow

Apple to Charge Under $100,000 for Apple Car, Launch Planned for 2026

Tuesday December 6, 2022 2:31 pm PST by
Apple is aiming to launch an Apple-branded consumer-oriented vehicle by 2026, and its goal is to hit a price point under $100,000 to make the car appeal to a wider range of customers, reports Bloomberg. Apple initially planned to design a car that might look similar to Canoo's Lifestyle Vehicle, where passengers could face one another in a limousine-style car with no steering wheel or...
iPhone Measure Height

Newer iPhones Allow You to Measure Someone's Height Instantly — Here's How

Saturday December 3, 2022 10:23 am PST by
iPhone 12 Pro and Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max, and iPhone 14 Pro and Pro Max models feature a LiDAR Scanner next to the rear camera that can be used to measure a person's height instantly in Apple's preinstalled Measure app. To measure a person's height, simply open the Measure app, point your iPhone at the person you want to measure, and make sure they are visible on the screen from...
introducing apple music sing

Apple Music Adding a Karaoke Experience With Apple Music Sing

Tuesday December 6, 2022 7:09 am PST by
Apple today announced Apple Music Sing, a new feature in Apple Music that lets users sing their favorite songs with adjustable vocals and more. Apple Music Sing will utilize Apple Music's real-time lyrics to allow users to sing to their favorite songs using adjustable vocals, background vocals, and duet view to allow more than one singer.Apple Music Sing includes: Adjustable vocals: Users...
14 vs 16 inch mbp m2 pro and max feature 1

Major RAM Upgrade Coming to Next-Generation MacBook Pro

Friday December 2, 2022 2:03 am PST by
The next-generation MacBook Pro models could feature faster RAM, according to a recent report from a reliable source. MacRumors Forums member "Amethyst," who accurately revealed details about the Mac Studio and Studio Display before those products were announced, recently provided information about Apple's upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pro models. The new machines are expected to feature...
nothing phone 2

Nothing Plans to Launch Smartphone in US to Take on Apple's iPhone

Monday December 5, 2022 12:38 am PST by
UK-based tech company Nothing plans to launch a smartphone in the US to directly compete with Apple's iPhone, according to a new report out today. In an interview with CNBC, Nothing CEO Carl Pei said the startup is in "early conversations" with American cellular carriers about launching a new phone in the US, but he stopped short of naming any of the carriers or the phone model. Nothing...
apple ar headset concept 1

Kuo: Apple Headset Shipments Potentially Delayed Until Second Half of 2023

Sunday December 4, 2022 7:38 am PST by
Mass shipments of Apple's long-rumored AR/VR headset may be delayed until the second half of 2023 due to unspecified "software-related issues," according to the latest information shared today by tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo. Apple headset render by Ian Zelbo Kuo said mass shipments of components for the headset are still likely to begin in the first half of 2023, but he believes that mass...
iOS 16

When Will iOS 16.2 Launch?

Friday December 2, 2022 2:13 pm PST by
Apple in late October began testing iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 updates, providing betas to both developers and public beta testers. As of now, we've had four total betas, with the fourth beta having been released earlier this week. iOS 16.2 and iPadOS 16.2 are expected before the end of the year, and we thought we'd try to narrow down the launch timeline. With only four betas released since...