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Disney+ UK Launch Date Confirmed

Neil Jones Founding member Central (West) Midlands Today
Results just out. Disney+ has 73M subscribers globally which is impressive over 12 months.

Wonder how much of those were driven by the various Covid measures? Ie if we hadn't had to stay at home/shield/binge watch Netflix all day every day for weeks on end and we could all go to the pub/park/library/McDonalds instead, would the end result still be 73M? Probably not.

I seem to recall reading Disney+ was planned to almost certainly be a loss leader and take a while to attract a decent userbase for probably the best part of the initial 18/24/36 months. Could it be argued they "benefited" (for want of a better term) from the pandemic by launching in Europe just as we shut everything down?
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
Indeed all VoD services have undoubtedly benefitted from the 2020 perils and impositions. This nevertheless is stunning in it's scope. Apparently the ARPU is already running at $4 per month which is fine. So takings of $330M per month (just short of $4BN per annum less churn) is superb.
DVB Cornwall West Country (West) Spotlight
.... and to continue the 'Mulan' saga, It is now available on Apple Services for the normal £13.99 fee. It's availablity on Disney+ has been suspended before it arrives as part of the service in general on 4th December 2020.

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