Disney+ Hotstar now has approximately 28 million paying users, bringing the total number of Disney+ global users to 94.9 million. Disney’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer, Christine McCarthy, revealed these numbers during the entertainment giant’s quarterly earnings call on Thursday. Disney+ and Disney+ Hotstar added 21.2 million subscribers in the last quarter (from October to December), and the latter’s contribution to these 94.9 million users rose from 25% to 30%. In terms of Disney + Hotstar alone, the quarterly growth is about 10 million.
“At the end of the first quarter, there were 94.9 million paying users , Compared with the fourth quarter, the global net increase of Disney+ was 21.2 million ”, McCarthy told analysts. The increase in Disney + Hotstar users continues to maintain a strong growth momentum, and Disney + Hotstar users account for approximately 30% of our global user base. […] Disney+’s overall ARPU this quarter was US$4.03 (approximately Rs 293). However, excluding Disney + Hotstar, its price is $5.37 (approximately Rs 391). “
These are likely to be the final official figures we obtained Disney + Hotstar, McCarthy pointed out that Disney does not “plan to update.” [its] Number of subscribers as of our revenue date [given] We have passed the Disney+ release year. “Disney’s streaming service was launched in November 2019, so it has celebrated its one-year anniversary in the past quarter. From now on, Disney will only provide us with subscribers when it crosses certain milestones (e.g. 100 million) Quantity. In other words, it will continue to post quarterly growth, just like its main competitor, Netflix.
In less than a year, Disney + Hotstar has achieved tremendous growth. When Disney revealed Hotstar (which was only available in India at the time) in April last year, we got the first official number, when there were 8 million paying users. Disney said in November that Hotstar subscribers accounted for “more than a quarter” of its global base, with more than 18.5 million paying subscribers. The 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season has been postponed due to the pandemic, which has helped this growth. Given that IPL ended in November, there is no doubt that IPL also contributed to the most recent quarter.
Hotstar is currently available in three markets: India and Indonesia (as Disney + Hotstar) and Singapore.
According to research and consulting company Omdia (the parent company of IHS Markit), by 2020, Netflix will have 3.08 million paying users in India, of which Amazon Prime will have 5.83 million paying users. Of course, we cannot guarantee that everyone who pays for Prime can watch Prime Video. Considering that Hotstar is currently in three markets, this is not an apple-to-apple comparison.