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Disney Plus grabbed 10 million signups on its first day

Attendees visit the Disney+ streaming service booth at the D23 Expo, billed as the "largest Disney fan event in the world," on August 23, 2019 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. - Disney Plus will launch on November 12 and will compete with out streaming services such as Netflix, Amazon, HBO Now and soon Apple TV Plus.
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In a single day, Disney Plus accomplished what Netflix needed more than a year to complete. That feat? 10 million members.

Disney broke the news of its positive momentum this morning to CNBC. Those watching the markets would notice that Disney stock has risen 1.98% since the markets opened. Netflix's stock went down by about 1%, but it's rebounded back a bit, to 0.48% down overall. 

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Looking at Business Insider's history of Netflix subscriber numbers, we see that Netflix started streaming video in 2007, hit 9.4 million subscribers in 2008 and breached 10 million users in 2009, with 12.3 million. 

This comparison isn't exactly apples to apples. Netflix got the world ready to stream over the last 12 years, giving Disney a world that already loves to stream shows and movies. Netflix's subscription numbers from 2007 to 2009 included DVD subscriptions, which makes the initial streaming growth even slower.

Also, Netflix didn't launch its services with a street team handing out fliers, as I saw yesterday (Nov. 12) when I walked to the Tom's Guide offices and was handed a flier saying "Plus up your day" that noted one-day-only special offers from the likes of Lyft, Resy and Citibike.

Disney Plus is live and available either in the pretty-cheap $6.99 standalone package — which nets you the whole Disney vault and The Mandalorian — or with a $12.99 bundle that includes Hulu and ESPN Plus.View Deal

Henry T. Casey

Henry is an editor writer at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and Apple. Prior to joining Tom's Guide — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and looking for the headphone adapter that he unplugged from his iPhone.