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Disney Plus gets 10 million subscribers in first day

(WSIL) — Disney Plus says it hit more than 10 million sign-ups on its first day of launch, far exceeding expectations.

Disney’s mix of Marvel and Star Wars movies and shows, classic animated films and new series appears to be a hit out of the gate after its launch on Tuesday.

Disney has invested billions in its streaming service, which costs $7 a month or $70 a year after a 7-day free trial. Customers of some Verizon wireless and home-internet plans were offered a year free.

Disney didn’t break down where the subscriptions came from or if they were free or paid monthly or yearly. Some analysts thought it would take Disney a year to reach 10 million subscribers.

The extreme popularity on launch day could be the cause of some technical difficulties around 6 a.m. E.T. on Tuesday.

According to downdetector.com, more than 8,000 people reported difficulties, mostly with video streaming. Others reported problems logging in.

Netflix has garnered 158 million subscribers since launching its streaming platform in 2007.

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