In today’s quarter 3 earnings call, Disney reported subscriber numbers for its three streaming services. Disney+ has reached 57.5 million, Hulu came in at 32.1 million with 3.4 million subscribing to Hulu with Live, and ESPN+ reached 8.5 million subscribers to close out the quarter.
“Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, we’ve continued to build on the incredible success of Disney+ as we grow our global direct-to-consumer businesses,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company. “The global reach of our full portfolio of direct-to-consumer services now exceeds an astounding 100 million paid subscriptions – a significant milestone and a reaffirmation of our DTC strategy, which we view as key to the future growth of our company.”
Disney noted that ESPN+ growth was primarily driven by subscriber gains and higher income from UFC pay per view events, and noted that all areas were again affected by COVID-19.
“We have experienced disruptions in the production and availability of content, including the deferral or cancellation of certain sports events and suspension of production of most film and television content,” the company said in today’s earnings report.
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Jess Barnes attended Edinboro University and spent years working in nonprofit before taking up freelance writing in 2012. Jess has been working for Cord Cutters News since 2017.