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  • Comparing Streaming Service Library Sizes
  • Comparing Streaming Service Value
  • Comparing Streaming Service Subscriber Totals
  • Comparing Streaming Service ARPU
  • Comparing Streaming Service YouTube Subscribers
  • Comparing Streaming Service Features
  • The Temperature of Streaming

Comparing Streaming Service Value (Cost to Content Ratio)

PRICE (Lowest to Highest*)TITLES (Most to Fewest)VALUE (Best to Worst)
1. 🟫 Prime Video ($8.99)1. 🟫 Prime Video (10,613)1. 🟫 Prime Video ($0.07 per title / month) Β πŸ‘
2. πŸŸ₯ Netflix (9.99)2. πŸŸ₯ Netflix (6,083)2. πŸŸ₯ Netflix ($0.16 per title / month)πŸ‘
3. 🦚 Peacock ($9.99)3. 🦚 Peacock (3,534)3. 🦚 Peacock ($0.28 per title / month)
4. πŸ—» Paramount+ ($9.99)4. πŸ—» Paramount+ (3,074)4. πŸ—» Paramount+ ($0.32 per title / month)
5. 🟦 Disney+ ($10.99)5. πŸŸͺ HBO Max (3,034)5. πŸŸͺ HBO Max ($0.53 per title / month)
6. 🟩 Hulu ($14.99)6. 🟩 Hulu (2,614)6. 🟩 Hulu ($0.57 per title / month) πŸ‘Ž
7. πŸŸͺ HBO Max ($15.99)7. 🟦 Disney+ (1,870)7. 🟦 Disney+ ($0.59 per title / month) πŸ‘Ž
*for lowest ad-free tier || Data current as of January 31, 2023

Conclusion: Disney+ is by far the worst value. Hulu 2nd worst. Disney+ USA is a really, really, bad service with very little variety, no next-day episodes, the least features, and the worst UI. Disney Streaming in general is shameful for the grossly overpriced offerings they try to pass off as “good value.”

Prior to the price increase Disney+ was still a bad value, #5 out of 7 at $0.44.

HBO Max dropped ⏬0.5 value in 1 month because WBD is horrendously run itself. WBD and Disney are their own worst enemies.

What About The Disney Bundle? Good deal?

In the interest of kindness, we’re going to tell you the value per title / month if Disney combined the Disney Bundle. ESPN+ is estimated to have 1,000 titles. Add the 3 services together and it’s 5,475 titles which would put it in 3rd place on title count. The cost for the no-ads Bundle is a hefty $19.99 a month. 19.99 / 5475 = $0.37. Even now, Disney+ Ultimate would be overpriced! That’s because an appropriate ad-free bundle cost for all 3 services combined should be 12.99 – 14.99.

Conclusion: Not the good deal people think it is. If you’re not a sports fan it’s really lame. This is because Disney overprices all 3 services.

What If Disney Combined All 3 Services? What If They Combined Hulu an Disney+?

If Disney did this, they’d be 3rd behind Netflix on value chart AND title count. Since Prime Video barely counts, that’s where they should be. Effectively a hypothetical Disney+ Ultimate would be the 2nd best service and if they properly added next day episodes of their brands ABC, FX, Freeform, Disney Channel, and and local ABC feeds, Netflix’s additional titles and value would be meaningless. Disney+ would be beyond amazing, the greatest streaming service imaginable, and we would praise them endlessly instead of making a living off calling Disney Streaming buffoons.

Sell off ESPN and still combine Disney+ and Hulu? Now we’re looking at $0.33 for a hypothetical 14.99 priced service with 4,475 titles. That’s still excellent and we’d rank it as the 2nd best streaming service with it only overtaking Netflix when the UI improves and next day episodes become the standard. Thanks for coming to my TED talk.


Comparing Streaming Service Library Sizes

#Streaming ServiceTitles (As of December 8)Monthly Price Tiers
1🟫 Prime Video10,6138.99
2πŸŸ₯ Netflix 6,0836.99 / 9.99 / 15.49 / 19.99
3🦚 Peacock3,534Free / 9.99 / 14.99
4πŸ—» Paramount+ ⬆️3,0744.99 / 9.99
5πŸŸͺ HBO Max ⬇️3,0349.99 / 15.99
6🟩 Hulu2,6147.99 / 14.99
7🌍 Discovery+2,1704.99 / 6.99
8πŸ›Ή MGM+ (fka Epix)2,0565.99
9🟦 Disney+1,8707.99 / 10.99
10😱 AMC+1,771 8.99
11⭐ Starz8208.99
12πŸ•‘ Showtime60010.99
13πŸƒ Hallmark Movies Now3975.99
14⬛ BET+2079.99
15🍎 Apple TV+1646.99
16πŸͺƒ Boomerang1595.99
Source: JustWatch and APIs || Data current as of January 31, 2023

Overall Disney Bundle Library: ~5,500

ESPN+ is believed to have about 1,000 titles, no concrete data available. Weirdly enough, JustWatch does not track it. A combined service would place 3rd behind Netflix and Prime Video and would likely remain in that position for the long-term as Disney does not add its ~3,000 missing library titles at a reasonable pace.


Comparing Streaming Service Subscriber Totals

Streamer (In Order of Launch)Subscribers (m)Reported
πŸŸ₯ Netflix223.1October 19
🟩 Hulu47.2November 8
🟦 Disney+ (& Star+ & Disney+ Hotstar & Hotstar)164.2November 8
πŸŸͺ HBO Max (& Discovery+ & HBO)94.9November 3
🦚 Peacock15October 27
πŸ—» Paramount+46November 2
Prime Video has ~200m, but does not count because it’s just a perk for 2-day shipping to most people.

Comparing Streaming Service ARPU

⬇️ Streamer / Year ➑️202020212022
🟦 Disney+4.524.123.91
🟩 Hulu 12.5912.7512.23
πŸŸͺ HBO Max11.7211.1511.33
🦚 Peacock49.59.75
πŸ—» Paramount+599.25
πŸŸ₯ Netflix10.9111.67
Data current as of December 25, 2022

Disney+ is just an embarrassment. Iger really needs to fix this!! I get that his initial strategy was for Disney+ to be a niche add-on type service and Hulu to be their Netflix-killer with a worldwide launch after 2024, but his poor business model and lack of foresight really screwed them over once Disney+ subscribers started to surge worldwide and it became clear Disney+ could dethrone Netflix.


Comparing Streaming Service YouTube Subscribers

Most Popular Streaming Service (by YouTube Subscribers)

RankingStreaming ServiceCurrent YouTube SubscribersSubscribers Quarter 4 2022Subscribers Quarter 3 2022
1Netflix25.6 Million24.7 Million24 Million
2Hulu2.2 Million2.17 Million2.1 Million
3HBO Max1.73 Million⬆️1.61 Million1.44 Million
4Prime Video1.71 Million⬇️1.61 Million1.47 Million
5Apple TV+1.29 Million1.22 Million1.14 Million
6Disney+1.18 Million1.11 Million1 Million
7Showtime1 Million965,000944,000
8Peacock780,000⬆️665,000537,000
9Starz735,000⬇️707,000693,000
10Paramount+676,000553,000475,000
11Boomerang271,000268,000266,000
12Discovery+173,000162,000139,000
13AMC+122,00105,00091,100
14MGM+54,70051,400Hidden
Data current as of January 16, 2023

Most Popular Streaming Service (by YouTube Subscribers) Line Graph

Streaming Service YouTube Success (By Channel Launch Date)

OrderYouTube Channel LaunchStreaming ServiceYouTube Subscribers
1November 16, 2005Starz735,000
2June 21, 2006Showtime1 Million
3February 6, 2014Prime Video1.71 Million
4August 13, 2012Netflix25.6 Million
5March 12, 2008Hulu2.2 Million
6April 15, 2009MGM+54,700
7January 24, 2017Boomerang271,000
8November 12, 2018*
*Launched as CBS All Access
Paramount+676.000
9May 4, 2020Peacock780,000
10March 25, 2019Apple TV+1.29 Million
11June 26, 2019AMC+122,000
12August 23, 2019Disney+1.18 Million
13April 21, 2020HBO Max1.73 Million
14December 21 2020Discovery+173,000
Data current as of January 16, 2023

Our Take

Netflix has so much of a lead that it seems impossible any other service will ever catch up. Disney+ is growing slower than HBO Max, Prime, Hulu, and Netflix. It surprises us that Prime and Hulu are outpacing them… but then we remember it’s still seen as a babysitter. The drama surrounding HBO Max this quarter didn’t slow its YouTube sub growth.

Combining Hulu and Disney+‘s totals to 3 million is more along what we would expect from a powerhouse like Disney and a preview of what may be when / if Disney combines their apps.


Comparing Streaming Service Features

Discovery+
Data current as of December 25, 2022

The Temperature of Streaming (Quarter 4 2022)

We judge and rate based on multiple things including: hype for upcoming titles, recent successes, feature and UI progress, and personal biases as to what makes a “good streaming service.” Q1 2023 update will be in February!

πŸŸ₯ Netflix = 9/10

🟫 Prime Video = 8/10

πŸ—» Paramount+= 8/10

🦚 Peacock = 7/10

🟦 Disney+ = 5/10

πŸŸͺ HBO Max = 5/10

🟩 Hulu = 3/10