Disney’s recent financial earnings call revealed that Disney Plus, its new streaming service, has already netted 28.6 million subscribers. This comes off the back of the news that Disney Plus was America’s most downloaded app in late-2019.
In a report released alongside the earnings call, it was noted that Disney Plus hit 26.5 million subscribers by the end of 2019. During the call itself, Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed that the number had since grown to 28.6 million. Disney's other streaming services, ESPN+ and Hulu, both also saw growth - ESPN+ is up to 6.6 million subscribers while Hulu has now reached 30.4 million customers, with 3.2 million of those directly subscribing to Live TV.
Those numbers are particularly impressive when you consider that Disney Plus is only available in a few markets worldwide. Disney Plus launched back in November 2019, appearing first in the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands. The service has since expanded to several new markets including Australia, but it has yet to launch in key markets like the United Kingdom. While Disney Plus is still lagging far behind Netflix’s 167 million worldwide subscribers at the moment, we can expect to see that gap tighten as Disney continues to roll out the service to new countries.
Rise of the subscribers
US subscriber numbers look like they’re only going to keep on climbing too, as Iger confirmed that season two of The Mandalorian will hit Disney Plus in October. The Mandalorian is a Disney Plus exclusive series set in the Star Wars universe, and the first season has been met with acclaim from fans and critics alike (have you seen Baby Yoda, he's freaking adorable). The Mandalorian will be joined later this year by two new shows set in the Marvel cinematic universe: Falcon and the Winter Soldier and Wandavision.
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