The Walt Disney Company just announced that their streaming service Disney + has over 50 million subscribers.
The service started less than five months ago and appears to have 28.6 million subscribers on February 3.
These "paid subscriber" numbers include subscribers who earn revenue for Disney but do not pay for the service themselves. (TechCrunch's parent company, Verizon, offers free Disney + to some customers for a year.) It also includes 8 million subscribers in India, where Disney + was launched last week as part of Hotstar, a popular streaming service that Disney thanks the acquisition of Fox.
While Disney released relatively slow scripted streaming originals after the first appearance of "The Mandalorian", it brought its films like "Frozen 2", "Onward" and the upcoming "Artemis Fowl" into service at an accelerated pace as Response to the COVID-1
The service has also been expanded internationally and launched in eight Western European countries – the UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Austria and Switzerland – in the past two weeks.
“We are really humble that Disney + is being received by millions of people around the world and we believe that this is a good sign of our continued expansion across the country later this year to Europe and Japan and all of Latin America Kevin Mayer, chairman of Disney's direct customer and international business, said in a statement.
In its latest earnings report, Netflix (which is far away) (currently more global than Disney +) has 167 million paid memberships worldwide.