After 2018, you will no longer be able to stream Disney films through Netflix. Why, you ask? Disney announced on Tuesday that it will launch it’s own subscription service in 2019 that will become the new home to films from Walt Disney Studios, Pixar and others under it’s umbrella. What do you think about this? Is it a good move? Or is this just Disney being greedy? The films proposed by Disney, for 2019, include Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen and the live-action remake of the Lion King.
Disney is a powerhouse in the film industry, so this could mean a big hit for Netflix. That being said, existing films will stay until the end of 2018. Marvel TV shows, like Jessica Jones and the Defenders will stay on the service permanently. But they haven’t decided if they want to include films that fall under the Lucasfilm banner. Which, for those of you who don’t know, also includes Marvel.. So that’s kind of confusing. There has also been talk about launching a proprietary Marvel and Star Wars “service”, but that is unknown at this time.
This is a big shift for Disney as they agreed to make Netflix the exclusive online home for it’s films starting in 2016. And now they’re changing their tune. So is this a good move for Disney? It sounds like it might be as they have also announced an ESPN-branded video streaming service, launching early in 2018. That service is said to feature 10,000 games and events per year, including MLB, MLS and college sports. The service will also allow for the purchase of individual sports packages from MLB.TV, NHL.TV and MLS Live.
I posed the question about whether or not this was Disney being greedy? Or is this a good business move? I think the argument could be made in either direction, but I think this is a good business move for Disney. Why? Well, this is the way entertainment is going. With companies like Netflix becoming a household name, it only makes sense that other companies want to get in on the action.
We reported last week that Netflix had acquired Millarworld, so maybe you won’t notice a big difference. That being said, if you have kids, you need those Disney movies! I joke. But in all honesty, I think we are going to start to see a bigger shift in the industry. More companies like Disney are going to start up their own streaming services. They have control over their own content, in a way, and this seems to make sense.
That being said, I think people are going to miss having access to Disney through Netflix. But I’m also not convinced that people will want to pay for another streaming subscription. This definitely supports my case for people cutting the cord, but I also think that having too many options is not a good thing either. Netflix is available on almost any device imaginable. Which makes it easy to stream and watch on your TV. I’m sure the Disney app will be readily available too, but it’s just one more place I have to go to watch TV. It’s one more service that I have to subscribe to. I understand the benefits behind it, but I also wonder if this will add to society’s decision fatigue?