Lionel Messi drove Apple TV+ subscriptions through the roof with over 100,000 signups in one day – DIGIWIZ CENTRAL

Lionel Messi drove Apple TV+ subscriptions through the roof with over 100,000 signups in one day

Lionel Messi is loving soccer again with Inter Miami.

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The top soccer player has supercharged Apple TV+ subscriptions ever since arriving at Inter Miami in July.
Apple holds the US streaming rights for the competition and is reaping the benefits of the ‘Messi premium’.
Apple TV+ added 110,000 sign-ups on July 21 when Messi made his debut for the team. 

Apple’s streaming service is reaping the rewards of soccer superstar Lionel Messi’s arrival at Major League Soccer team Inter Miami. 

Apple TV+ saw more than 110,000 sign-ups to its MLS Season Pass on July 21 – the day the Argentine made his debut for Inter Miami, according to analytics firm Antenna and first reported by the Wall Street Journal

This marked a remarkable increase of over 1,690% from the day before. The tech giant added another 65,318 sign-ups on July 25, when Messi played his second game and scored two goals within the first 30 minutes. 

Apple CEO Tim Cook announced his delight regarding the ‘Messi premium’ to subscription numbers last month on an earnings call, having surpassed its subscriber targets over the three months ending July 1. 

“We are excited about our MLS partnership, and we’re thrilled to see Messi suiting up with Inter Miami,” the tech giant’s CEO told analysts.

“It’s clearly in the early days, but we are beating our expectation in terms of subscribers, and the fact that Messi went to Inter Miami helped us out there a bit – and so we’re very excited about it,” Cook added.

Apple kicked off a 10-year deal with the top US soccer league in February, launching a Season Pass that costs subscribers $13 a month and non-subscribers $15 a month.

The uptick in Apple TV+ subscribers could have helped to boost Apple’s stock price over the month – with the shares rising 3% through August. 

In the second quarter, its service offerings grew when other sectors did not, rising by 8.2% to $21.2 billion, according to its Q2 report.

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