I have good news and I have bad news. The good news is that Disney plans to start its own streaming service in 2019, which will host all sorts of Disney films and television shows owned by the company. The bad news, however, is that it comes at the price of losing the new titles on Netflix.
Back in 2012, the studio struck a huge deal with the Netflix brand to exclusively provide new releases to the streaming service. That deal ensured that new Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm movies would be heading to Netflix shortly after their release, and they’ve more than held up their end of the bargain so far. The company is turning over a new leaf today, however, as Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that they will be discontinuing this practice in favor of starting their own streaming service.
The service will begin in 2019, which means that films such as Star Wars: Episode IX and Captain Marvel will not be heading to Netflix upon their release. It’s not yet known what will happen with the current Disney products that are streaming in the Netflix library, but it might be wise to assume that, once the licences expire, they may be moving exclusively to the new streaming service as well.
If we’re being honest, the new streaming service sounds pretty amazing. It’s a dynamite move by Disney that ensures their world domination will continue through at least 2019. What do you make of the news? Will you be paying for Disney’s new service in a couple of years? Let us know!