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Disney beat Netflix in number of streaming subscribers, hike price

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The Walt Disney Co. added 14.4 million Disney+ streaming subscribers in the latest quarter, whereas in July, the streamer had just over 152 million paid subscribers.

In total, Disney streaming services, comprised of Disney+, Hotstar, Hulu and ESPN+, now have more than 221 million subscribers worldwide.

The recent gains propelled the company past rival Netflix, which at the end of the second quarter had just under 221 million subscribers.

“We had an excellent quarter, with our world-class creative and business teams powering outstanding performance at our domestic theme parks, big increases in live-sports viewership and significant subscriber growth at our streaming services,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek said in prepared remarks.

Most of the new Disney+ subscribers came from outside the U.S. and Canada.

Of the 14.4 million new customers, only 100,000 came from North America.

The company also announced price hikes for its streaming services.

An ad-free subscription to Disney+ will cost $10.99 a month or $109.99 a year in the U.S. beginning in December, up from its current cost of $7.99 a month. A new Disney+ option with ads will cost $7.99 a month.

Disney-owned Hulu subscribers will also pay $1 to $2 more to stream its content, depending on the plan.

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