According to reports, Disney+ has accumulated around 24 million U.S. subscribers by the end of November, 1 million of which may have come from Netflix. According to a report from Cowen & Co. via Variety, 1 million of the United States’ Netflix subscribes canceled their plan in favor of Disney+. Although it also reports that around 19.4 million consumers are subscribed to both services (an 80 percent overlap), going from 1 million users a day after its launch in November to over 20 million app downloads and 24 million subscribers a month later is extremely noteworthy.
The Disney+ service shook the market with a strong back catalog offering, as well as with original content like Star Wars‘ The Mandalorian. Meanwhile, Netflix has had a mixed year, losing Disney-branded titles like Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and other Marvel projects. But it has also amassed a multi-year deal with the likes of Nickelodeon to produce original content.
The report also points out that although Disney+ subscriber number looks good, many aren’t actually paying for the service utilizing Verizon’s free year promotion, similar to new and upcoming services like Apple TV+ and HBO Max.
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Netflix shares went up after the company gave more details on its growth internationally. But this data may not be enough to stave off new competitors, as @WSJHeard reports. #WSJWhatsNow https://t.co/g70hE4Y7Ot pic.twitter.com/mtvWi7TWYi
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) December 18, 2019
Disney has done a “masterful job” in convincing Wall Street that it has created a potent rival to Netflix, say analysts. But it’s not the only major challenger to Netflix in 2020 https://t.co/rumfHQgY8F
— Variety (@Variety) December 17, 2019