Disney didn't say how numerous 10 million subscribers came in through the free offer, although the company has said it is getting paid a wholesale rate for that business by Verizon. Disney+ launched with dozens of Disney's older live-action and animated TV shows and movies; many Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel Cinematic Universe titles; 30 seasons of The Simpsons; and original offerings like The Mandalorian and Lady and the Tramp. If you are a Verizon Unlimited customer or switch to Fios Home Internet or 5G Home Internet, the telecom company offers its customers a full year of Disney+ free of charge. Hulu, meanwhile, announced in May it had over 28 million subscribers in the US. Amazon Prime video has over 100 million subscribers, while Netflix has amassed over 150 million subscribers. Netflix has actually been making moves to be more transparent with their ratings, but Disney isn't going to follow their lead.
Windsor said the market is fluid now with the entry of new players but that deep-pocketed players such as Disney, Apple and Amazon "will end up acquiring numerous weaker players" and cut into Netflix's large user base.
Disney Plus is also including warnings about tobacco use in "Pinocchio", "Aladdin" and other films.
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Israeli strike on Damascus kills Palestinian figure's son
Israeli authorities said schools across southern Israel and the Tel Aviv region were closed after rockets reached the area. In the separate strike, Islamic Jihad confirmed one of its officials, Akram Ajouri, was targeted in Damascus.
In its first day, Disney reportedly signed up 10 million subscribers to Disney+. That means we'll get the next update in February 2020.
As far as competition from Netflix and other streaming sources, Disney's CEO is confident the company will reach its targets. To get started, simply create a Disney+ account, select either a monthly plan ($6.99/month) or an annual subscription ($69.99/year), and enter your payment information.
Before the streaming service launched, Disney was faced with how to present almost a century of family entertainment history, while also recognizing that many parents don't want their young children to encounter racist depictions or culturally insensitive films without context.