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.

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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.

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Howard Ellacott Avatar
40 months ago

Will ATV+ go down in history as 's greatest blunder?
MobileMe has entered the chat!
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40 months ago

MobileMe has entered the chat!
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BigMovieGeek Avatar
40 months ago

Puck mouse joins the fray!
Ha! Good one. I’m going to post that on my iTunes Ping account.
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sw1tcher Avatar
40 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
40 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
40 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)