Why Disney+ Proves the Streaming Bundle Works

ESPN+ reported in the first quarter since the Disney+ launch that paid subscribers more than doubled

Possibly more impressive than the 28.6 million subscribers Disney+ has reeled in since its November launch has been the service’s ability to boost the company’s other streaming platforms — ESPN+ and Hulu — through bundling the services together.

On Tuesday, Disney announced that in addition to the nearly 29 million Disney+ subscribers — which surpassed analysts’ expectations for 25 million subscribers — Hulu saw paid subscribers increase more than 30% to 30.7 million. ESPN+ more than doubled its paid subscriber count year-over-year, posting 7.6 million subscribers, up from 1.4 million during the same fiscal first-quarter period a year ago.

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Trey Williams

Film Reporter covering the biz • trey.williams@thewrap.com • Twitter: @trey3williams