February feels so long ago now. Back then Disney’s former CEO, Bob Iger, was confirming that its fledgling streaming service, Disney+, had surpassed 28 million subscribers. Now, just two months later and those numbers took tiny in comparison.
Variety is reporting on Wednesday that Disney has confirmed its streaming service has now reached 50 million subscribers. That’s across the globe, mind you, and within the last two weeks Disney+ has launched in eight different countries spread across Western Europe, including Ireland, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, and others. So it would make sense that its subscriber numbers have jumped.
Especially when you consider that, after launching in India that region accounts for 8 million of the total 50 million Disney+ now entertains. And Disney+ will continue to expand to additional regions in the near future, which of course will only bring in more viewers and subscribers.
We’re truly humbled that Disney Plus is resonating with millions around the globe, and believe this bodes well for our continued expansion” in other territories, Mayer said in a statement Wednesday. He added, “Great storytelling inspires and uplifts, and we are in the fortunate position of being able to deliver a vast array of great entertainment rooted in joy and optimism on Disney Plus.
That’s pretty impressive! Especially when you think about the fact that Disney+ only launched in late 2019, and analysts were expecting the service to reach 20 million paid subscribers before the end of 2020. Here we are just four months into the year and Disney has crushed those numbers.
So, what about Apple TV+, which launched around the same time as Disney+?
Well, even now, we don’t have any official numbers from Apple on the matter.
However, market statistics covering the streaming industry in the United States suggested back in January that Apple’s video streaming service could have 33 million subscribers. That would certainly be a win for Apple, and it’s likely that those numbers have climbed since then.
Do you subscribe to Disney+? If so, what do you think of the service?