While Disney+ has been super successful over the last two weeks, it doesn’t seem to be slowing down other streaming services.
Apptopia reported that in the two weeks following the platform’s launch, it had over 15 million downloads. Disney+ has ranked No. 1 in the U.S. iOS and Google Play app stores, and it has generated $5 million through in-app purchases.
As of now, Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO all seem to be doing just fine according to Apptopia. Hulu and ESPN were even positively impacted due to Disney offering Disney+ package deals with both apps. Disney+, Hulu and ESPN can be obtained for $12.99 per month, so the apps saw an increase of over 50% in downloads within the past two weeks.
Despite technical glitches early on, Disney+ is gaining large amounts of subscribers by the day. Grit Daily reported that around 10 million people had subscribed to the streaming service on the first day it was made available to the world. While that’s quite a large number, you also have to factor in the Verizon deal that allows new customers to get the streaming service for free for an entire year.
As of now, there is also no way to tell how many actual people are using the service. App downloads don’t equate to the number of users so, we’ll have to wait until more data can be gathered on that.
So things are still looking good for competing streaming services, but will it last? At this rate, Disney might exceed its initial 5-year estimate of between 60 and 90 million global subscribers. The growing platform could eventually cause some harm for other streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Prime.
There’s More Content Coming
Disney+ isn’t slowing down in the wake of success. If the thousands of hours worth of content wasn’t enough for you, then you’re in luck. The streaming service debuted with almost 500 films and 7,500 TV episodes, but it just announced that its dropping some new stuff beginning next month.
A variety of new content is on its way. Newsweek reports that more episodes of “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series” and “The Mandalorian” are coming. There will also be more Marvel Comic film’s including “Thor: Ragnarok.” Disney Junior shows “Miles from Tomorrowland” and “Henry Hugglemonster” will also be made available.
See the full schedule here.