Will streaming services continue to succeed after the COVID-19 pandemic?

Walt Disney’s staggering figures for its Disney + streaming business show how streaming has become commonplace in households hostage to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Disney + had an incredible 94.9 million subscribers globally, Hulu had 39.4 million subscribers, and ESPN Plus 12.1 million, announced in the first quarter on January 2, 2021. At the beginning of the quarter, the company told investors that Disney + had a target of 90 million subscribers by 2024, which has since been revised to between 230 and 260 million.

“Disney + has been a huge success and is a testament to Disney’s brand equality and storytelling expertise,” said eMarketer analyst Eric Haggstrom. Reuters. “This is one of the most successful consumer product launches lately.”

Quarterly revenue fell 22 percent, to $ 16.25 billion from $ 20.88 billion a year earlier, and Walt Disney theme parks lost an estimated $ 2.6 billion due to closure or operation due to significantly reduced capacity due to a pandemic. The cruise was also closed.

“We believe that the strategic actions we take to transform our company will drive our growth and increase shareholder value, as demonstrated by the incredible steps we have taken in direct-to-consumer business, reaching more than 146 million subscriptions on all our streaming services quarters, ”said Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

“We are confident that, with our robust channel of exceptional, high-quality content and the upcoming launch of our new international general entertainment offering with the Star brand, we are in a good position to achieve even greater success in the future.”

Disney + announces Paradise and the last dragon as a paid Premier Access title on March 5th. New Marvel shows Falcon and winter soldier i Loki should be published in March and May, respectively. The company recently announced new shows Marvel, Star Wars and Disney, and the films are planned for a streaming platform in the next few years.

His rival Netflix reported last month that it has more than 200 million paid members worldwide, and 37 million people signed up for its service last year – 8.51 million in the past three months alone.

AT&T’s HBO Max revealed it has nearly 40 million U.S. subscribers in its earnings report for the first quarter of 2021. Combined with traditional HBO subscribers, the platform has exceeded 41 million subscriber steps that the company said it did not expect to perform for another two years. AT&T globally says HBO now has more than 60 million subscribers.

“Edition The Wonderful Woman 1984 it has helped us increase the number of domestic subscribers to HBO Max and HBO to more than 41 million, a full two years faster than our initial forecast, ”AT&T CEO John Stankey said in a statement. It should be noted that 20.5 million people did not activate their accounts.

ViacomCBS’s CBS All Access will be renamed Paramount + in the US on March 4th. The NFL Super Bowl Sunday provided a record day in terms of new subscriber registrations, unique devices, streams and time spent on the streaming service.

Amazon Prime has exceeded 150 million global subscribers since January 2020, said Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The company last announced a certain figure on paid memberships in April 2018, with just over 100 million subscribers.

Apple has not publicly disclosed the subscription numbers for its Apple TV +. However, it has twice extended the free one-year free trial period given to anyone who has purchased a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV or Mac. It now expires in July and means that customers who took advantage of the annual free deal when Apple TV + was launched will get an additional nine months of access to Apple’s original shows and movies.

Apple TV + users estimated that there were 40 million by the end of 2020 Statistician.

The amount of money spent on the success of subscriber television is reflected in the nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Award, to be held on February 28 (March 1 in the US). Netflix secured the most nominations with 42, with 20 from its TV shows The Queen’s gambit,, Ozark,, Crown i Unorthodox. The rest came from the movies Man i The Chicago Trial 7.

Disney + won a nomination for Best Drama Series for Mandalorian, while Amazon received nominations for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm i A small ax.