Breathy headlines last week as Disney – now with 221m streaming subscribers – was reported to have edged past Netflix as the world’s biggest SVOD. And they did it in less than three years! And Disney is still growing fast! Netflix dethroned! 

But is that an accurate representation of what’s really going on? That was the topic of this week’s OTT Question Time. Together with a panel of esteemed industry consultants including Alan Wolk, co-founder and Lead Analyst at TVREV, Maria Rua Aguete, Senior Entertainment Director, Media & Entertainment, Technology Fellow at Omdia, Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, and Wade Payson-Denny, Emmy-nominated producer and PR & Communications Manager at Parrot Analytics, we discussed:

  • – How Disney+ grew so quickly compared to Netflix
  • – The content strategies for both companies and how they contribute to subscriber retention / churn
  • – The potential impact of introducing AVOD tiers
  • – Whether ARPU rather than number of subscribers is a better measure of success
  • – And whether the Streaming Wars (such as they are) are now a straight fight between Disney and Netflix

Watch the video below!



Kauser Kanji has been working in online video for 19 years, formerly at Virgin Media, ITN and NBC Universal, and founded VOD Professional in 2011. He has since completed major OTT projects for, amongst others, A+E Networks, the BBC, BBC Studios, Channel 4, DR (Denmark), Liberty Global, Netflix, Sony Pictures, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation and UKTV. He now writes industry analyses, hosts an online debate show, OTT Question Time, as well as its in-person sister event, OTT Question Time Live

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