You can’t blame Disney for proudly acclaiming its new streaming service Disney Plus has quickly reached the milestone of 50 million paid subscribers. With its theme parks and resorts shuttered and movie theaters closed, the Mouse House justifiably needs some good news.
Disney+ rolled out to eight Western European countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria, and Switzerland over the last two weeks. Plus add in all the families who are suddenly stuck at home thanks to the global health emergency and you have a captive audience, as they say.
The service rolled out to consumers just a scant 5 months ago and offers content from Disney, Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, plus animation from Pixar. Disney Plus also produces original feature-length films, documentaries, live-action, and animated series and short-form content.
“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,” said Kevin Mayer, Chairman of Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer & International. “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+.”
Additionally, Disney+ became available last week in India, where it is offered in conjunction with the existing Hotstar service, and already accounts for approximately eight million of Disney+’s 50 million paid subscribers. That’s some quick growth.
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While Disney+ still has a long way to go to catch Netflix’s reported 170+ million subscribers, 50 million is a great start.
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