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Disney’s streaming business has been making headlines recently, and not all for the right reasons. Despite a significant increase in subscriptions, the company reported a loss of $387 million in Q4 2023.

A Surge in Subscriptions

Disney+ closed out Q4 2023 reaching an impressive 150 million subscribers, up from 146.7 million in the previous quarter. This includes core Disney+ subscriptions at 112.6 million and Disney+ Hotstar at 37.6 million.

Financial Performance

Despite the surge in subscriptions, Disney’s overall streaming business saw Q4 losses of $387 million. However, it’s important to note that this is a significant improvement from the $1.4 billion loss reported in Q4 2022. This year-over-year improvement indicates a 74% decrease in losses.

Disney’s financial report also revealed that the company managed to cut costs by $7.5 billion, $2 billion more than previously announced. This aggressive cost management strategy has been a key factor in narrowing the streaming losses.

Looking Ahead

Disney CEO Bob Iger expressed optimism about the future of Disney’s streaming business. He highlighted four key building opportunities that will be central to their success: achieving sustained profitability in the streaming business, building ESPN into the preeminent digital sports platform, improving the economics of their film studios, and turbocharging growth in their parks.

Future Growth and Content Lineup

Disney expects its combined streaming businesses to reach profitability in the fiscal fourth quarter of 2024. With the addition of theatrical titles like “Elemental,” “Little Mermaid,” and “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 3” as well as the new Star Wars series “Ahsoka,” Disney is banking on its strong content lineup to drive further growth.

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As Disney continues to invest in high-quality content and expand its streaming offerings, it will be interesting to see how this segment of the business evolves in the coming years.


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