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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 (10,805)||1. 🟫 Prime Video ($0.08 per title / month) 👍|
|2. 🟥 Netflix (9.99)||2. 🟥 Netflix (6,123)||2. 🟥 Netflix ($0.16 per title / month)👍|
|3. 🦚 Peacock ($9.99)||3. 🗻 Paramount+ (3,880)||3. 🦚 Peacock ($0.27 per title / month)|
|4. 🟦 Disney+ ($10.99)||4. 🦚 Peacock (3,706)||4. 🗻 Paramount+ ($0.31 per title / month)|
|5. 🗻 Paramount+ with Showtime ($11.99)||5. 🟩 Hulu (3,111)||5. 🟩 Hulu ($0.48 per title / month) 👎|
|6. 🟩 Hulu ($14.99)||6. 🟪 HBO Max (3,084)||6. 🟪 HBO Max ($0.52 per title / month) 👎|
|7. 🟪 HBO Max ($15.99)||7. 🟦 Disney+ (1,919)||7. 🟦 Disney+ ($0.57 per title / month) 👎|
Note: As of March 2023, we now include the Showtime and Paramount+ Library combined and use the new tier since it will be fully integrated shortly.
Prior to the price increase Disney+ was still a bad value, #5 out of 7 at $0.44. Now it’s just highway robbery.
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 500 titles. Add the 3 services together and it’s 5,530 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 / 5530 = $0.36. Even now, Disney+ Ultimate would be overpriced compared to the industry leaders, Prime and Netflix! 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.
Comparing Streaming Service Library Sizes
|#||Streaming Service||Titles (As of December 8)||Monthly Price Tiers|
|1||🟫 Prime Video||10,805||8.99|
|2||🟥 Netflix||6,123||6.99 / 9.99 / 15.49 / 19.99|
|3||🗻 Paramount+ with Showtime⬆️||3,880||4.99 / 11.99|
|4||🦚 Peacock ⬇️ *||3,706||9.99 / 14.99|
|5||🟩 Hulu ⬆️**||3,111||7.99 / 14.99|
|6||🟪 HBO Max ⬇️||3,084||9.99 / 15.99|
|7||🛹 MGM+ ⬆️||2,098||5.99|
|8||🌍 Discovery+ ⬇️||2,014||4.99 / 6.99|
|9||😱 AMC+ ⬆️||1,969||8.99|
|10||🟦 Disney+ ⬇️||1,919||7.99 / 10.99|
|12||🃏 Hallmark Movies Now||612||5.99|
|13|| Lifetime Movie Club||269||4.99|
|15||🍎 Apple TV+||180||6.99|
Overall Disney Bundle Library: ~5,500
*Despite a huge gain for Peacock, including the Showtime catalog with Paramount+’s resulted in Paramount+ gaining even more and overtaking them.
**Hulu’s gains are because JustWatch inexplicably does not recognize the presence of the Hotstar hub. We have now calculated them in.
Comparing Streaming Service Subscriber Totals
|Streamer (In Order of Launch)||Subscribers (m)||Reported|
|🟥 Netflix||223.1||October 19|
|🟩 Hulu||47.2||November 8|
|🟦 Disney+ (& Star+ & Disney+ Hotstar & Hotstar)||164.2||November 8|
|🟪 HBO Max (& Discovery+ & HBO)||94.9||November 3|
|🦚 Peacock||15||October 27|
|🗻 Paramount+||46||November 2|
Comparing Streaming Service ARPU
|⬇️ Streamer / Year ➡️||2020||2021||2022|
|🟪 HBO Max||11.72||11.15||11.33|
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)
|Ranking||Streaming Service||Current YouTube Subscribers||Subscribers Quarter 4 2022||Subscribers Quarter 3 2022|
|1||Netflix||25.6 Million||24.7 Million||24 Million|
|2||Hulu||2.2 Million||2.17 Million||2.1 Million|
|3||HBO Max||1.73 Million⬆️||1.61 Million||1.44 Million|
|4||Prime Video||1.71 Million⬇️||1.61 Million||1.47 Million|
|5||Apple TV+||1.29 Million||1.22 Million||1.14 Million|
|6||Disney+||1.18 Million||1.11 Million||1 Million|
Most Popular Streaming Service (by YouTube Subscribers) Line Graph
Streaming Service YouTube Success (By Channel Launch Date)
|Order||YouTube Channel Launch||Streaming Service||YouTube Subscribers|
|1||November 16, 2005||Starz||735,000|
|2||June 21, 2006||Showtime||1 Million|
|3||February 6, 2014||Prime Video||1.71 Million|
|4||August 13, 2012||Netflix||25.6 Million|
|5||March 12, 2008||Hulu||2.2 Million|
|6||April 15, 2009||MGM+||54,700|
|7||January 24, 2017||Boomerang||271,000|
|8||November 12, 2018*|
*Launched as CBS All Access
|9||May 4, 2020||Peacock||780,000|
|10||March 25, 2019||Apple TV+||1.29 Million|
|11||June 26, 2019||AMC+||122,000|
|12||August 23, 2019||Disney+||1.18 Million|
|13||April 21, 2020||HBO Max||1.73 Million|
|14||December 21 2020||Discovery+||173,000|
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
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!
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