Disney+ Hits More Than 10 Million Subscribers On US Launch Day
Disney+ has welcomed more than 10 million sign-ups on the very first day of its launch, the company has said.
The brand-new streaming platform has proven to be an even bigger hit than the company predicted and has seen people rushing to sign up to the service, which costs $7 (£5.45) a month or $70 (£54.50) if you take out a year-long plan following a 7-day free trial.
In fact, it proved to be so popular that the service was hit with some technical difficulties as the company battled to keep up with demand.
The demand for #DisneyPlus has exceeded our highest expectations. We are so pleased you're excited to watch all your favorites and are working quickly to resolve any current issues. We appreciate your patience.
- Disney+ (@disneyplus) November 12, 2019
Some cautious analysts had predicted it would take Disney+ the best part of a year to pick up 10 million subscribers, so that's showed them.
For context, Netflix currently has around 60 million subscribers in the US (with 162 million worldwide). So, Disney+ really hasn't done too badly for day one, eh?
Speaking in April, Disney+ announced it was hoping to hit 60 to 90 million subscribers worldwide by 2024 - well, if today is anything to go by, that shouldn't be a problem.
It's fairly easy to see why the new platform got off to a flyer, offering viewers a nostalgia trip alongside some exciting new shows.
As well as the back catalogue of traditional Disney and Pixar content, including classics like Aladdin, Toy Story, Snow White and Duck Tales; Disney+ also has Marvel titles, such as the Avengers flicks and Iron Man, along with the Star Wars movies.
In the future, Disney CEO Bob Iger has promised that the streaming service will have 'the entire Disney motion picture library' - that's a lot of princesses and cartoon mice.
Disney+ has also announced a number of new exclusive shows, with the Star Wars spin-off The Mandalorian launching today and Marvel spin-offs centred on Loki and Hawkeye in the works, too.
In the future, fans will also be able to view the entire 30 seasons of The Simpsons, thanks to the fairly recent takeover of Fox by Disney - which is worth $7 a month alone, if you ask me.
Although it launched in the US today, fans on this side of the pond will have to wait until next year to subscribe, with a launch date of 31 March 2020 planned.
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