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Everything we learned about Disney Plus from Disney's Q1 earnings call

Disney+ is killing it

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What you need to know

• Disney announced that Disney+ had reached 28.6 million subscribers.

• ESPN+ is at 7.6 million paid subscribers and Hulu is at 30.7 million paid subscribers.

• Disney+ will launch in India via Hotstar on March 29.

• Disney+ "has exceeded even our greatest expectations," CEO Robert Iger said in the quarterly report.

Today was Disney's Q1 2020 earnings call , which gives up our first major update on Disney+ since it launched in November. We know that there were 10 million subscribers on Day One, and from November 12 to December 28, 2019, Disney+ swelled to 25.6 million paid subscribers — now up to 28.6 million today — but we're not sure how many of those are solo Disney+ subscriptions and how many are Disney+ bundle subscriptions with ESPN+ and Hulu.

Also announced today, we also now know that Disney+ will finally launch in India on March 29 with Hotstar, in a launch that coincides with the start of the cricket season. We don't yet know the pricing or bundle options for Disney+ in India yet, but hopefully that will be coming soon.

On the content side, we now have more concrete launch windows for upcoming originals on Disney+:

  • Falcon and the Winter Soldier: August 2020
  • The Mandalorian Season 2: October 2020
  • WandaVision: December 2020

As if Disney wasn't pushing Disney+ and specifically the Disney+ bundle hard enough before the launch, two announcements in January sweetened the pot for current Hulu subscribers as well as Verizon customers. First, Disney allowed Verizon's Disney+ on Us subscribers to get the Disney+ bundle for $6 a month , which is an insane deal, and the news that you can now get the Disney+ Bundle with Live Hulu and Hulu (No Ads) . We'll have to wait until Q2 to see the impact these new incentives have, as well as what the subscriber count swells to after the Disney+ launch in Western Europe on March 24 .