Cook coy on Apple TV+ subscriber numbers

Ted Lasso

Apple CEO Tim Cook has celebrated the praise received by Apple TV+’s content but the company is yet to disclose subscriber numbers to the SVOD.

The streamer’s standout hit has undoubtedly been the critical darling Ted Lasso, but the service has also seen success from other titles including Schmigadoon! and Dickinson

During the company’s most recent earnings call last week, Cook said: “In its first 2 years, Apple TV+ shows and movies have earned 200 award wins and more than 890 nominations. Among the powerful lineup are feature films like The Tragedy of Macbeth, CODA and Swan Song, along with many gripping new series coming up, including Severance and The Afterparty. Each one is a tremendous credit to all the storytellers in front of the cameras and behind them who touched audiences all over the world.”

However, when pushed on subscriber numbers for the streamer the CEO responded: “We don’t give out subscriber numbers for Apple TV+. What we do is give out a subscriber number for our subscription number for the total number of subscriptions that we had… and we ended the quarter at 785 million. We were incredibly pleased with that. That’s a huge growth on a year-over-year basis of 165 million.”

He added that Apple TV+ in particular is “doing exactly like we had wanted to”, emphasising instead its position as a platform for content creators. 

Overall, Apple’s Services segment which includes the App Store, iCloud, Apple TV+, and others generated a record US$19.5 billion for the year.

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