Apple TV Plus Has Reportedly Garnered 33.6 Million Subscribers, More Than Hulu and Disney Plus
Since Apple TV+ and Disney+ launched back in November, the focus has primarily been on Disney+’s exponential growth. The streaming service garnered 10 million viewers merely 24 hours after its launch, with “The Mandalorian” becoming one of 2019’s biggest shows and their library content luring customers with nostalgia.
However, it seems Apple TV+ has also been quietly amassing subscribers. 9to5Mac pointed out that a report in The Wall Street Journal said the streamer has garnered 33.6 million subscribers since launching. This means that Apple TV+ has surpassed Hulu, which was last reported at 29 million and Disney+, which is reportedly at 23.2 million.
Most of the Apple TV+ subscribers are likely to be consumers who are taking advantage of the one-year free trial Apple offered with the purchase of a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV, 9to5Mac noted.
Apple TV+ launched on Nov. 1 and is priced at $4.99. In addition to the offer mentioned above, the company also gave away Apple TV+ to Apple Music subscribers on the student plan — which is also $4.99 — at no additional charge. Reports came out late last year stating the company was looking into bundling its digital offerings — Apple TV+, Apple Music and Apple News+ — in 2020.
The service launched with 11 originals, including “The Morning Show,” which Jennifer Aniston recently received a SAG Award for.