Disney+ subscribers up 11.8 million in 4Q 2021Wednesday, February 9th, 2022
BURBANK, Calif. — The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS) today reported earnings for its first fiscal quarter ended January 1, 2022.
“We’ve had a very strong start to the fiscal year, with a significant rise in earnings per share, record revenue and operating income at our domestic parks and resorts, the launch of a new franchise with Encanto, and a significant increase in total subscriptions across our streaming portfolio to 196.4 million, including 11.8 million Disney+ subscribers added in the first quarter,” said Bob Chapek, Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.
Direct-to-Consumer revenues for the quarter increased 34% to $4.7 billion and operating loss increased 27% to $0.6 billion. The increase in operating loss was due to higher losses at Disney+, and to a lesser extent, ESPN+, partially offset by improved results at Hulu.
Lower results at Disney+ reflected higher programming and production, marketing and technology costs, partially offset by an increase in subscription revenue. Higher subscription revenue was due to subscriber growth and increases in retail pricing. The increases in costs and subscribers reflected growth in existing markets and to a lesser extent, expansion to new markets.
Lower results at ESPN+ were driven by higher sports programming costs, partially offset by subscription revenue growth and higher income from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pay-per-view events. The increase in subscription revenue was due to subscriber growth and, to a lesser extent, an increase in retail pricing. The increase in income from UFC pay-per-view events was due to higher revenue per event, partially offset by the impact of one less event in the current quarter compared to the prior-year quarter.
The increase at Hulu was due to subscription revenue growth, partially offset by higher programming and production costs. Subscription revenue growth was due to an increase in subscribers and higher rates driven by increases in retail pricing for the Hulu Live TV + SVOD service. The increase in programming and production costs was primarily due to higher subscriber-based fees for programming the Live TV service due to rate increases and the carriage of more networks.
The following tables present additional information about our Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) product offerings.
Paid subscribers as of:
January 1, January 2, (in millions) 2022 2021 Change ---------- ---------- ------ Disney+ Domestic (U.S. and Canada) 42.9 36.3 18% International (excluding Disney+ Hotstar) 41.1 29.4 40% Disney+ (excluding Disney+ Hotstar) 84.0 65.7 28% Disney+ Hotstar 45.9 29.2 57% Total Disney+ 129.8 94.9 37% ESPN+ 21.3 12.1 76% Hulu SVOD Only 40.9 35.4 16% Live TV + SVOD 4.3 4.0 8% Total Hulu(4) 45.3 39.4 15%
Average Monthly Revenue Per Paid Subscriber for the quarter ended:
January 1, January 2, 2022 2021 Change ---------- ---------- ------ Disney+ Domestic (U.S. and Canada) $6.68 $5.80 15% International (excluding Disney+ Hotstar)(3) $5.96 $4.73 26% Disney+ (excluding Disney+ Hotstar) $6.33 $5.37 18% Disney+ Hotstar $1.03 $0.98 5% Global Disney+ $4.41 $4.03 9% ESPN+ $5.16 $4.48 15% Hulu SVOD Only $12.96 $13.51 (4)% Live TV + SVOD $87.01 $75.11 16%
The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for domestic Disney+ increased from $5.80 to $6.68 due to an increase in retail pricing and a lower mix of wholesale subscribers, partially offset by a higher mix of subscribers to the SVOD Bundle.
The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for international Disney+ (excluding Disney+ Hotstar) increased from $4.73 to $5.96 due to increases in retail pricing.
The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for Disney+ Hotstar increased from $0.98 to $1.03 due to launches in new territories with higher average prices, partially offset by a higher mix of wholesale subscribers.
The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for ESPN+ increased from $4.48 to $5.16 primarily due to an increase in retail pricing and higher per-subscriber advertising revenue, partially offset by a higher mix of subscribers to the SVOD Bundle.
The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for the Hulu SVOD Only service decreased from $13.51 to $12.96 due to lower per-subscriber advertising revenue and a higher mix of subscribers to the SVOD Bundle, partially offset by an increase in retail pricing.
The average monthly revenue per paid subscriber for the Hulu Live TV + SVOD service increased from $75.11 to $87.01 due to increases in retail pricing and higher per-subscriber advertising revenue, partially offset by the impact of the new Hulu Live TV + SVOD offering.
1. In the U.S., Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu SVOD Only are each offered as a standalone service or as a package that includes all three services (the SVOD Bundle). Effective December 21, 2021, Hulu Live TV + SVOD includes Disney+ and ESPN+ (new Hulu Live TV + SVOD offering), whereas previously, Hulu Live TV + SVOD was offered as a standalone service or with Disney+ and ESPN+ as optional additions (old Hulu Live TV + SVOD offering). Disney+ is available in more than 80 countries and territories outside the U.S. and Canada. In India and certain other Southeast Asian countries, our service is branded Disney+ Hotstar. In certain Latin American countries, we offer Disney+ as well as Star+, a general entertainment SVOD service, which is available on a standalone basis or together with Disney+. Depending on the market, our services can be purchased on our websites, through third party platforms/ apps or via wholesale arrangements.
2. Reflects subscribers for which we recognized subscription revenue. Subscribers cease to be a paid subscriber as of their effective cancellation date or as a result of a failed payment method. Subscribers to the SVOD Bundle are counted as a paid subscriber for each service included in the SVOD Bundle and subscribers to the old Hulu Live TV + SVOD offering and new Hulu Live TV + SVOD offering are counted as one paid subscriber for each of the Hulu Live TV + SVOD, Disney+ and ESPN+ offerings. Subscribers include those who receive a service through wholesale arrangements including those for which we receive a fee for the distribution of the service to each subscriber of an existing content distribution tier. In Latin America, if a subscriber has either the standalone Disney+ or Star+ service or both the Disney+ and Star+ services, they are counted as one Disney+ paid subscriber. When we aggregate the total number of paid subscribers across our DTC streaming services, we refer to them as paid subscriptions.
3. Includes the Disney+ service outside the U.S. and Canada and the Star+ service in Latin America.
4. Total may not equal the sum of the column due to rounding.
5. Revenue per paid subscriber is calculated based on the average of the monthly average paid subscribers for each month in the period. The monthly average paid subscribers is calculated as the sum of the beginning of the month and end of the month paid subscriber count, divided by two. Disney+ average monthly revenue per paid subscriber is calculated using a daily average of paid subscribers for the period. Revenue includes subscription fees, advertising (excluding revenue earned from selling advertising spots to other Company businesses) and premium and feature add-on revenue but excludes Premier Access and Pay-Per-View revenue. The average revenue per paid subscriber is net of discounts on the SVOD Bundle or other offerings that carry more than one service. Revenue is allocated to each service based on the relative retail price of each service on a standalone basis. Starting in December 2021, revenue for the new Hulu Live TV + SVOD offering is allocated to the SVOD services based on the wholesale price of the SVOD Bundle. In general, wholesale arrangements have a lower average monthly revenue per paid subscriber than subscribers that we acquire directly or through third party platforms.
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