The EntStrategy Guy US Subscriber Estimates for Q1 of 2023

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It’s time, once again, for one of my absolutely favorite articles to research, the Entertainment Strategy Guy estimates of the US subscribers for each streamer. Yes, yes, I didn’t quite get this report out for Q4 of 2022 because—frankly—the future of film series swamped me.

But to make it up to you for the delay, I did some extra work, updating all my estimates for all the streamers back to Q4 of 2019, the rough start of this current phase of the streaming wars. (That’s the quarter Disney and Apple launched their streamers, followed by HBO Max, Peacock and a Paramount+ rebrand.)

As a reminder…

  • I estimate paid subscribers for every streamer (with over 5 million subscribers), even the ones that disclose nothing, like Amazon and Apple.
  • My goal is to estimate the number of “paid” subscribers per streamer. If a streamer offers their service in a bundle—Amazon Prime, for example—I imagine a world where Prime Video stood on its own. How many folks would pay for that service?
  • These are not the current subscriber totals for the streamers, but how many subscribers each streamer had as of the end March (or “Q1 of 2023”). I primarily use official subscriber estimates from the streamers’ quarterly reports, so before I can make my own estimates, I need their data. That usually delays things a bit.

The Overall Charts

With no further ado, here’s the main chart you came for:

The rest of this article is for paid subscribers of the Entertainment Strategy Guy, so if you’d like to…

…my current estimates for each major streamer’s U.S. paid subscribers,
…a timeline of my estimates for every streamer’s subscriber counts going back to 2019,
…15 charts,
…and my thoughts on each streamer,

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The Entertainment Strategy Guy

The Entertainment Strategy Guy

Former strategy and business development guy at a major streaming company. But I like writing more than sending email, so I launched this website to share what I know.


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