Despite a few technical issues as a result of “extraordinary demand”, it’s safe to say that yesterday’s (12th November) launch of Disney+ in the US, Canada and Holland was an overall success. Who am I kidding? It was a f*cking win for the House of Mouse. To help put the numbers into context, you should know that Netflix currently has 60 million US subscribers and 158 million subscribers globally – that’s a lot, but of course, Netlfix launched their streaming service in 2007.
Not one f*cking day ago.
Reportedly, some analysts predicted it would take Disney at least a year to reach 10 million subscribers and yet, here we are on day two and they’ve already sh*t on that theory. That being said, it’s not certain where all of these subscribers have come from, nor how many of them have been given the service for free. Verizon unlimited wireless customers, for example, have all been given free one-year subscriptions to the new streaming service as part of their current package.
As a result of the success of Disney+, Disney shares skyrocketed on Wednesday (13th November). The company was up 4.8% to $145.22 on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday afternoon.
The brand-new streaming service costs $6.99 a month or $69.99 a year after a 7-day free trial. I’m not going to embarrass myself by attempting the maths of yesterday’s win, but it’s safe to say that I wish I was on Disney CEO’s Bob Iger’s Christmas shopping list this year. Sigh.
Disney bosses have predicted that Disney+ will have somewhere between 60 million and 90 million subscribers worldwide by the year 2024.
Unless you can find a sea witch to make a cheeky deal with at some point over the next few months, the date is firmly fixed as 31st March 2020. In case my boss is reading this: you might as well already put that day through as holiday – I will not be in the office. I will also be taking a break from all phones and social media accounts. This Disney gay needs his well-deserved content fix.
America, Canada and Holland can all access the platform now and as of 19th November, Australia and New Zealand will be added to that list.
The UK, Italy, Spain, France and Germany will have to wait until 31st March 2020 – if we’ve survived the cold, lonely, content-free months, that is. Further release dates are expected to be announced by the House of Mouse very soon.
Think up any Disney movie you’ve ever watched, or any show you ever binged on Disney Channel as a kid – it’s on Disney+. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg; the streaming service features brand new shows, every Star Wars movie, every Marvel movie, National Geographic content and 20th Century Fox content. Yes, that means every episode of The Simpsons.
Disney is single-handedly working round the clock to ensure that no one ever leaves their homes again.
I’m kind of angry at you right now, Disney, but props for your use of ‘spill the tea’ in this tweet, hons.
Images via Disney and Getty
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow