Disney + Hotstar now has approximately 28 million paid subscribers, bringing the Disney + global subscriber base to 94.9 million. Disney’s senior executive vice president and chief financial officer Christine McCarthy revealed those figures on Thursday during the entertainment giant’s quarterly results. Disney + and Disney + Hotstar added 21.2 million subscribers in the quarter – that’s October through December – with the latter’s contributions to that figure increasing from 25 to 30 percent from 94.9 million. For Disney + Hotstar alone, quarterly growth was about 10 million.
“With 94.9 million paid subscribers at the end of the first quarter  Disney + ‘s Global net additions were 21.2 million compared to Q4 , McCarthy told analysts.Disney + Hotstar Subscriber numbers continued their strong growth trend, with Disney + Hotstar subscribers making up approximately 30 percent of our global subscriber base. […] Disney + total ARPU for the quarter was $ 4.03 (approximately Rs. 293). However, without Disney + Hotstar, it was $ 5.37 (about Rs. 391). “
These will most likely be the last official numbers we get for Disney + Hotstar, and McCarthy notes that Disney does not intend to update [its] subscriber numbers as of our entry dates [given] that we are past the launch year of Disney +. Disney’s streaming service launched in November 2019 and therefore celebrated its first anniversary this quarter. From now on, Disney will only give us subscriber numbers if it exceeds certain milestones (say 100 million). That said, it will, like its major rival, continue to show quarterly growth Netflix is doing.
Disney + Hotstar has grown tremendously in less than a year. We got the first official numbers in April last year, when Disney revealed that Hotstar (then only available in India) had 8 million paid subscribers. And then in November Disney said that Hotstar subscribers made up “just over a quarter” of its global base, which amounted to more than 18.5 million paid subscribers. That growth was helped by the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season that started delayed due to the pandemic. Since it ended in November, IPL undoubtedly contributed to the last quarter as well.
Hotstar is currently available in three markets: India and Indonesia (as Disney + Hotstar) and Singapore.
According to research and consultancy Omdia (the parent company of IHS Markit), Netflix ended 2020 with 3.08 million paid subscribers in India, with Amazon Prime at 5.83 million paid subscribers. There is, of course, no guarantee that everyone will pay for Prime watches Prime VideoNor is it a comparison between apples and apples as Hotstar is now active in three markets.