- Disney+ now has more than 50 million subscribers across the world.
- This compares to 26.5 million Disney+ subscribers as of February of this year.
- As a point of comparison, Netflix has 61 million subscribers based in the US alone.
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We had a feeling Disney+ was going to be huge, but few people could have anticipated the extent to which Disney’s nascent streaming service took the US by storm. Bolstered by The Mandalorian and an incredibly strong library of existing content — a catalog which includes every season of The Simpsons — Disney+ got off to a rousing start and hasn’t slowed down since.
To put the 50 million figure into context, keep in mind that Disney+ had around 26.5 million subscribers as of February of this year. In short,
“We’re truly humbled that
So how does Disney+ stack up to Netflix these days? Well, the streaming juggernaut revealed in its most recent earnings conference call that it now has 167 million subscribers worldwide and 61 million based in the United States. Netflix is clearly still the 800 pound gorilla in the room, but
Incidentally, Netflix doesn’t seem to be too worried about Disney+ to the extent that the company believes there’s enough money to go around for everyone.
As the company noted last April:
Recently, Apple and
Disneyeach unveiled their direct-to-consumer subscription video services. We don’t anticipate that these new entrants will materially affect our growth because the transition from linear to on demand entertainment is so massive and because of the differing nature of our content offerings.
The latter point is especially on the nose insofar that Netflix and Disney+ serve up entirely different types of content. To wit, some of the most popular content on Netflix — with Tiger King and Money Heist being just two examples — would never appear on a service like Disney+.