(Reuters) – Hulu on Wednesday said it has reached 26.8 million paid subscribers, a milestone that suggested rapid growth in the first four months of the year.

FIEL PHOTO: The HULU Plus app plays a movie trailer on a Samsung Galaxy phone in this photo-illustration in New York, December 23, 2013.REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

In a presentation to advertisers ahead of a new programming season, the streaming service also said it will launch two new TV series based on Disney’s Marvel characters Ghost Rider and Helstrom.

The new paid customer figure implies the digital video service controlled by Walt Disney Co and co-owned by Comcast Corp added close to 4 million new paying customers in the first four months of the year, based on previous disclosures by