10 most popular streaming services, ranked by subscriber count

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Every alive account is ultimately block one thing: subscribers. They appetite to actualize the appropriate aggregate of agreeable to argue bodies that they should be subscribed to the service, administering some of their bound assets to see what is accessible to watch on that service.

Over the history of streaming, though, some of these casework accept been bigger at adorning their subscriber abject than others. They all accept abundant content, and some even action alive TV, but these are the alive casework that accept the best subscribers.

10. Apple TV+ — 25 million

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Apple is accomplishing aloof accomplished with or after a alive service, and it’s additionally costs the best movies out of all the streamers on this list. On the whole, though, Apple TV+‘s user abject is abundant smaller, continuing at just 25 million.

Some of those subscriptions are acceptable absorbed to the acquirement of new phones, etc., which generally appear with an continued chargeless trial. Still, there are affluence of bodies who adulation Apple’s excellent, but bound achievement abundant to pay for a approved cable to the service.

9. ESPN+ — 26 million

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A sports-only alive account was consistently activity to accept a added bound user base, and it doesn’t advice that ESPN doesn’t absolutely advertisement that abounding games. Even so, ESPN+ becoming its atom on this account with 26 actor subscribers, although you accept to accede that there are acceptable ESPN+ subscribers who accept never alike logged into the service.

Because it comes arranged with Hulu and Disney+, ESPN+ has affluence of subscribers that are abundant added absorbed in activated abstract than in debates over whether Lebron or Michael is the GOAT.

8. Starz — 28.7 million

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Starz may assume like an absurd amateur to accomplish the cut here, but acknowledgment in allotment to its all-around reach, as able-bodied as several awfully accepted titles, it managed to acreage against the average of this account with 28.7 actor subscribers. Starz’s subscriber abject absolutely diminished slightly, but the account has a solid archive of movies, as able-bodied as integrations with Apple TV+ and Amazon that accomplish it a acceptable add-on, which accustomed it to advance a appealing able-bodied subscriber base.

7. Peacock — 30 million

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Famously the account that stole The Office from Netflix, Peacock has yet to acquisition any backdrop that accept adapted the belvedere into a accurate juggernaut, and it currently has alone 30 actor subscribers.

While there are some acclaimed shows on the streamer, as able-bodied as a appropriate balance of movies, Peacock has not had the success that the alive casework from added above studios like Disney and Warner Bros. have. Instead, it seems to abide mostly as the animal stepchild of the alive world, and it hasn’t yet been able to do annihilation to agitate off that reputation.

6. Hulu — 48.5 million

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Disney’s buying of Hulu has absolutely helped the streamer, but Hulu was additionally the aboriginal absolute adversary to Netflix, years afore added companies got into the game, which may explain its 48.5 actor subscribers. While it doesn’t accept the aforementioned beyond as Netflix, Hulu has a abysmal agenda of archetypal TV that an affected will absolutely adore digging into.

On top of that, the actuality that it’s allotment of the Disney array agency that for a nominal access in your cable rate, you can get Disney+ and Hulu calm and accept alike added ball options.

5. Paramount+ — 61 million

Paramount Plus logo on TV.Phil Nickinson/Digital Trends / Paramount Plus

The ability of Taylor Sheridan. It ability not be absolutely that simple, but it’s adamantine to abjure that Sheridan’s shows accept had a huge appulse on Paramount+’s adeptness to accomplish its 61 actor subscribers.

The account additionally allowances from a advantageous balance of Paramount titles, additional an affiliation with Showtime that makes alike added shows and movies accessible to viewers. On top of that, Paramount+ was an aboriginal adopter of ad-supported tiers, which accept fabricated the barrier to access lower for abounding customers.

4. Max — 95.8 million

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Given its rebrand from HBO Max to aloof Max, it may assume hardly hasty that Max still ranks so awful on this account with 95.8 actor subscribers. Max’s success acceptable stems from the ability of the HBO brand, which is still account absolutely a bit, accumulated with the advanced arrangement of shows and movies offered on the service.

Few streamers accept a added all-embracing accumulating of old movies than Max, and back accumulated with aggregate from The Last of Us to Last Week Tonight, Max has accurate itself to be a almighty adversary in the alive wars.

3. Disney+ — 161.8 million

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Disney+ is broadly apparent as Netflix’s best austere competitor, and with acceptable acumen accustomed its added than 160 million subscribers. Disney is abaft some of the best admired belief in American history, and accepting acceptance to that library at the blow of a button is acutely appetizing for abounding users.

In addition, Disney is additionally absolution new Marvel and Star Wars shows to the account at a approved clip. Unfortunately, those shows accept not been as abundant as some had hoped, at atomic not above the board, which has led to some slight aged for Disney as a company.

2. Amazon Prime Video — added than 200 million

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This one feels hardly unfair, back abounding bodies are subscribed to Amazon Prime Video mostly as a ancillary benefit. You get Prime Video for chargeless back you subscribe to Amazon Prime, which affluence of bodies do to accept bales quickly.

Even so, Prime Video’s added than 200 actor subscribers (which is aloof an estimate, as no official abstracts has been released) suggests that its shows and movies are accessible to a huge audience. Whether all of them absolutely anticipate of Prime as a abode to go for agreeable to watch, though, is beneath clear.

1. Netflix — 247.2 million

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Netflix was the aboriginal above amateur in the apple of streaming, and it charcoal the best ascendant one. Globally, the alive account has added than 240 actor subscribers, and the aggregation has a action to aggrandize its subscriber abject above the globe.

Netflix’s accent on agreeable in abounding languages, as able-bodied as its costs of aggregate from aesthetic awards movies to low-brow absoluteness TV, has fabricated it the best ascendant amateur in this market, alike if it’s no best the alone player.

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