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Disney Plus hits 50 million subscribers in just 5 months

Disney Plus hits 50 million subscribers in just 5 months
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It looks like things are on the up for Disney, as its streaming service Disney Plus has hit 50 million subscribers just five months after it launched in the US. It’s not hard to see why Disney Plus has catapulted itself into the best TV streaming services conversation though when you look at its catalog: All the Star Wars movies, the Marvel MCU, Frozen, Toy Story, The Madalorian... The list goes on.

In an official press release, Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International.had this to say: “We’re truly humbled that Disney+ is resonating with millions around the globe, and believe this bodes well for our continued expansion throughout Western Europe and into Japan and all of Latin America later this year,”

For context, we reported back in early February that Disney Plus had hit 28.6 million subscribers, so the service has managed to almost double its customer base in just two months. That’s an impressive growth trajectory and if the numbers keep climbing at anywhere near this rate then Netflix might finally have a contender to its crown as king of the streaming castle.

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So will Disney Plus keep it’s ludicrous growth up? We don’t think so. It’s important to note that Disney Plus had only launched in the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands back in February, while it is now available in 17 countries worldwide, including recent launches in the UK, Germany, France, and India. These global launches have catapulted Disney Plus’s subscriber count up, but Disney is running out of major markets to launch in, which means we should see a decline in growth going forwards. These are still mighty impressive numbers for the house of mouse though.

If you’re thinking about signing up to Disney Plus and don’t have a suitable device to watch it on, we’d recommend checking out our best laptops and best tablets guides. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect portable screen to watch The Emperor’s New Groove on. Yes, that’s the best Disney film. No, we aren’t arguing about it.

Ian Stokes is the Tech Editor here at Top Ten Reviews. He has extensive experience in tech and games journalism, with work published on IGN, Kotaku UK, Waypoint, GamesRadar, Trusted Reviews, and many more. You'll find him covering everything from smartphones and home computers to 3D printers and headphones. He's also our resident cocktail expert.