Disney+ Hotstar having around 8 million paid subscribers around globe, Disney announced on Wednesday, giving us the first official numbers for what is generally considered India’s biggest streaming service with over 300 million monthly active users. It’s hard to make any comparisons, given only a few of its competition in India deals in official numbers.”When Netflix last revealed numbers in January, the world’s biggest streaming service — it has over 167 million paid subscribers worldwide had over 16 million paid subscribers in Asia and Australia. “Netflix doesn’t provide numbers by countrywise. Per last available estimates by industry tracker IHS Markit, Amazon Prime had 4.4 million paid members in India,” though not all are subscribing only for Prime Video benefits.
“Among local competition, things get murkier, as many are inflated, since they also cover indirect subscriptions, purchased through partners such as telecom operators and the like.”
Eros Now claims to have over 26.2 million paid subscribers, but there’s no word on direct subscriptions. As of last September, SonyLIV claimed to have 70–80 million monthly active users, with 20–25 percent paid subscribers, which would put it in the range of 14–20 million paid subscribers. Again, there’s no word on how many of these are directly paid.