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Disney+ has already scored 28.6 million subscribers since launch

Feb 4, 2020, 4:41 PM | Updated: Feb 8, 2020, 9:20 am
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In 3 months, Disney+ has already scored 26.5 million subscribers the company reported in its first fiscal quarter (Photo credit: Lucasfilm 04 Feb 20).
Originally Published: 04 FEB 20 16:12 ET

(CNN) — Disney+ has brought in nearly 30 million subscribers since its launch in November, the company reported on Tuesday.

The company’s new streaming service nabbed 26.5 million subscribers last quarter, the company said in its earnings report on Tuesday, exceeding analyst expectations.

Disney+’s growth has continued this year, and the service has 28.6 million subscribers as of Monday, Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, said in an earnings call.

Disney+, which launched on November 12, is the company’s first foray into the streaming world. The service, which includes Disney’s deep content vault and an affordable price of $6.99 per month, is a major endeavor for the company and a shift in focus for its business overall. Disney has projected that Disney+ will have 60 million to 90 million global subscribers by 2025.

“We had a strong first quarter, highlighted by the launch of Disney+, which has exceeded even our greatest expectations,” Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, said in a statement on Tuesday. “Thanks to our incredible collection of brands, outstanding content from our creative engines and state-of-the-art technology, we believe our direct-to-consumer services, including Disney+, ESPN+, and Hulu, position us well for continued growth in today’s dynamic media environment.”

Disney also reported that revenue at the company rose to $20.8 billion, a 36% increase compared to a year earlier. The number matched Wall Street’s expectations.

Disney saw positive revenue across the board. The company’s movie studio had a strong quarter with $3.7 billion in revenue, which was up more than 100% over the year prior. The company’s streaming unit also saw revenue go up more than 100% from last year, bringing in $3.9 billion.

Disney also gave details about Hulu and ESPN+, its other streaming services. ESPN+ has 7.6 million subscribers and Hulu has 30.7 million subscribers as of Monday.

Both ESPN+ and Hulu likely saw a bump thanks to being a part of a streaming bundle alongside Disney+ for $12.99 a month.

Disney+ includes many of the company’s major brands including Marvel films, Disney animated classics and an original series set in the Star Wars galaxy, “The Mandalorian.”

The other major topic of discussion on Disney’s post-earnings call was how the company’s businesses could be impacted by the coronavirus going forward.

The company told investors that Disney could take a $175 million hit due to its China theme parks being closed because of the virus, assuming the parks are closed for two months.

Disney shares were mostly flat in after-hours trading.

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Disney+ has already scored 28.6 million subscribers since launch