A Massive New Streaming Service
Disney+ launched on Tuesday, bringing fans over 500 movies and 7,500 television shows all under one umbrella. Looking to rewatch all your favorite Disney Channel movies? They're there. Want to marathon the original Star Wars films before The Rise Of Skywalker hits theaters? Go for it! Want to binge watch Gargoyles and TaleSpin? Yep, they're available, too.
By rounding up Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, Marvel, and National Geographic properties onto one platform, Disney+ entered the streaming service race in a huge way. With more content, both classic and original, on the way, there is no slowing down this train.
A Few Glitches On The Roll Out
Disney+ has been a massive success so far, but that doesn't mean that there weren't some glitches on the rollout. Users reported difficulty accessing the service, and Disney issued a statement on Twitter addressing the issue.
"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."
They Have HOW MANY Subscribers?!
Despite all of these issues, Disney+ has been wildly successful in its early days. According to reports, Disney+ has gotten more than 10 million subscribers since it launched on Tuesday, drawing people in with a mix of nostalgia and new content.
By comparison, Netflix has 150 million subscribers and Hulu has 60 million, and Disney+ is cheaper than both options at just $6.99 a month.
Even with all of these early subscribers, this isn't an accurate portrayal of how many people are actually using the service, because it doesn't take into account password sharing. Disney+ is choosing to have a rather lax approach to the increasingly common practice, allowing for 7 profiles and 4 concurrent streams.
Huge Numbers Despite Password Sharing
Michael Paull, president of Disney Streaming Services, explained that password sharing was definitely an issue that requires a lot of thought, but that it isn't particularly pressing for them at this time.
"Password sharing is definitely something we think about. We believe that consumers will see that value, and they're going to act accordingly. They're going to use those accounts for their family, for their household. That being said, we do recognize password sharing exists and will continue to exist.
We have created some technology that's in the backend that we will use to understand behavior, and when we see behavior that doesn't make sense, we have mechanisms that we've put in place that will deal with it."