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ESPN Plus Now Has More Than 25 Million Subscribers


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ESPN Plus now has more than 25 million subscribers. Well, that’s how many it had at the close of the last calendar quarter, Disney’s fiscal second quarter 2023.

While ESPN Plus is yet to become a direct replacement for the linear ESPN channel, it has been expanding the quantity and quality of content it offers. At the same time, the price has also been increasing. The last increase arrived in August of last year, taking the cost of a monthly subscription up from $6.99 to $9.99.

In spite of the price increases, ESPN Plus has continued to see its subscriber base grow. According to Disney’s latest quarterly results, ESPN Plus had 25.3 million subscribers as of April 1, 2023. This is an increase of around 400,00 when compared to the previous quarter which ended with 24.9 million subscribers.

It also marks the first time that the sports-focused subscription service has reached 25 million subscribers.

When looking at the year-over-year change, Disney reported 22.3 million ESPN Plus subscribers at the end of the first calendar quarter of 2022. In other words, ESPN Plus managed to add three million subscribers over the past 12 months.

ESPN also saw an increase in average monthly revenue per paid subscriber, up from $5.53 at the end of 2022 to $5.64 on April 1, 2023.

For those that have yet to give ESPN Plus a try, in addition to the standalone monthly subscription option, there is also the option to pay for an annual plan and save on the cost. Alternatively, ESPN Plus can also be bundled with Disney Plus and basic Hulu to save on the overall cost of all three subscriptions.

John Finn


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