During its earnings report corresponding to its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 2, 2021, The Walt Disney Company confirmed that Disney+ has surpassed the threshold of 118 million subscribers globally, against expectations of 126.2 million. Disney's flagship streaming service has added only 2.1 million subscriptions in the last quarter, far less than some analysts had predicted. As a comparison, its most direct rival in the streaming segment, Netflix, added 4.4 million subscribers between July and September to reach 213.6 million globally, thanks to its hit series "Squid Game".
According to the company, total Direct-to-Consumer revenues for the quarter increased 38% to $4.6 billion and operating loss increased from $0.4 billion to $0.6 billion. The increase in operating loss was due to higher losses at Disney+, and to a lesser extent, ESPN+, partially offset by improved results at Hulu.
Financially speaking, the company reported revenue of $18.53 billion during the period, when Wall Street analysts expected The Walt Disney Company revenue to come in at $18.79 billion. The group also posted earnings per share of 37 cents, when analysts were expecting a per share value of 51 cents.
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