Coronavirus puts Disney+ on track to being the second-biggest streaming service

Disney+ projected to reach 200+ million subscribers in five years, according to Digital TV Research

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Disney+ is likely to reach 202 million subscribers by 2025, according to a revised forecast by Digital TV Research – a business intelligence company for the television industry.

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Previous estimates were 101 million subscribers for the streaming service’s initial launch in November and then 126 million after a first revision in February.

"We have completely revised our forecasts for 138 countries in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic," wrote analyst Simon Murray in Digital TV’s forecast, which was released Monday. "A major impact of lockdown has been a steep rise in SVOD subscriptions.”

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Before the coronavirus became a global pandemic, Amazon Prime Video was ranked higher than Disney+ in terms of 2025 subscriber trajectory, according to Digital TV’s prior estimates. The e-ommerce-aligned streaming service is currently estimated to reach 141 million subscribers, which is up from 134 million in its last forecast.

This change is subscribership estimates stems from Disney+ having reached 50 million subscribers in April.

Netflix, which still ranks number one, is likely to reach anywhere between 238 million and 258 million by 2025, according to the forecast.

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Streaming newcomers Apple TV+ and HBO Max (launching May 27) are projected to reach more than 12 million subscribers in the same timeframe. Digital TV’s up-to-date estimates for the two streaming services are 14 million and 25 million, respectively, which are downgraded from 26 million and 30 million.

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DISWALT DISNEY COMPANY153.24-0.37-0.24%
NFLXNETFLIX INC.497.52-5.86-1.16%
AMZNAMAZON.COM INC.3,186.73-16.80-0.52%
TAT&T INC.29.23+0.14+0.48%
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The top five streaming services will account for 640 million paid subscribers if Digital TV’s estimates are correct for 2025.

Globally, there is a projected 1.16 billion subscribers across streaming platforms overall, the current forecast states.

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