Disney Plus targeted 118.1 million subscribers, but membership growth slowed.

Disney Plus has emerged as the most successful new service in the so-called “Streaming Wars”.

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Disney Plus had 118.1 million subscribers as of October 2, Disney said on Wednesday. That’s a 60% jump from a year ago, but it also means that Disney Plus added just 2.1 million new members in its three-month financial quarter, a rapid slowdown. This is consistent with the programming dry spell on Disney Plus, when the service premiered programs such as Star Wars and Marvel’s animated shows and a Billie Eilish special but was lighter at the breakout, like The Mandalorian or Loki earlier this year. Must watch programs.

By comparison, Netflix, the world’s largest subscription video service, had approximately 214 million global members at the end of September. Netflix, though, has accumulated more than a decade since it started streaming. Disney Plus was launched less than two years ago.

On Wednesday, Disney also noted that Hulu’s subscriber base grew to 43.8 million and ESPN Plus’s membership grew to 17.1 million.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.


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