Today, the Walt Disney Company has released its latest quarterly results and that means we get an updated look at how many subscribers Disney+, Hulu and ESPN+ have.
This gives us a clear indication of how the apps are doing, especially with growth or decline in subscriber numbers.
Disney+ – 118.1 Million Subscribers (Global)
ESPN+ – 17.1 Million Subscribers (US Only)
Hulu – 43.8 Million Subscribers (US Only)
Disney+ added only 2.1 million more subscribers since its last report in August. However, in this period, there were no major new launches internationally (Japan had a relaunch with the addition of Star at the very end of October). The good news is that compared to the same time last year, Disney+ had 73.7 million subscribers, so is up over 44 million subscribers from the same time period in 2020.
Also during the last quarter, Disney+ hasn’t had many major new originals added, with the exception of “What If?” Marvel animated series, which wouldn’t have drawn in as many subscribers as a live-action series.
Disney+ is scheduled to launch in many more countries around the world in the next year. With many countries across Eastern Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa still yet to get a Disney+ launch window. Later this week, Disney+ launches in Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong, which will no doubt give a boost to subscribers in the next quarter. Also with the rollout of new shows like “Hawkeye” and “The Book Of Boba Fett”, that will bring in many lapsed adult subscribers.
In a statement, Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek said:
“This has been a very productive year for The Walt Disney Company, as we’ve made great strides in reopening our businesses while taking meaningful and innovative steps in Direct-to-Consumer and at our Parks, particularly with our popular new Disney Genie and Magic Key offerings,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “As we celebrate the two-year anniversary of Disney+, we’re extremely pleased with the success of our streaming business, with 179 million total subscriptions across our DTC portfolio at the end of fiscal 2021 and 60% subscriber growth year-over-year for Disney+. We continue to manage our DTC business for the long-term, and are confident that our high-quality entertainment and expansion into additional markets worldwide will enable us to further grow our streaming platforms globally.”
Disney’s ownership of Hulu is still an issue, since Comcast holds a 33% stake in the streaming service and recently told Wall Street that they were planning on holding onto their share until 2024, when Disney can force Comcast to sell. Leaving Disney in a situation where they can’t boost Disney+ with general entertainment content like they’ve done in many countries, nor want to spend too much money investing in original programming for Hulu.
Recently, Disney CEO Bob Chapek warned Wall Street that this months subscriber numbers were going to be weaker than expected.
What do you think of Disney+ subscriber numbers?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.