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Disney to Pull Movies From Netflix, Launch New Streaming Services

Disney plans to pull all of its movies from Netflix as it prepares to launch its own streaming services, the company said in its latest earnings report (via CNBC.)

Starting in early 2018, Disney will launch an ESPN video streaming service that will feature approximately 10,000 MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate, and tennis sporting events every year.

Then, in 2019, Disney will launch a Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service that offers Disney content.


It's not clear when Disney plans to remove its content from Netflix, but in 2012, the two companies inked a deal that saw Netflix getting exclusive access to Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar films. Currently, there are dozens of Disney movies available on Netflix, like The Chronicles of Narnia, Moana, Zootopia, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

The deal, though initiated in 2012, didn't fully go into effect until 2016, so Netflix has only had access to a wide range of Disney content for under a year.

With its huge range of content, Disney stands to become a major competitor to existing streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and for Apple, this essentially means that if the company ever does manage to launch a streaming service, it may not be able to include any Disney content.



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17 months ago
Fragmentation will be the death of this.
Eventually consumers just wont have the money to keep adding a monthly subscription service.
Rating: 94 Votes
17 months ago
Oh neat, the studios are finding ways to encourage piracy again.
Rating: 89 Votes
17 months ago
Well, everyone wanted to pay for channels a la carte. Now you can.
Rating: 46 Votes
17 months ago
I don't get tv and film streaming. Why can't it be like music streaming where you can (in many cases) find the same songs on different platforms? This is most annoying and is forcing people to pay for more subscriptions than would be ideal.
Rating: 37 Votes
17 months ago
Sigh... this is why I dropped Netflix and don't subscribe to other streaming services: It's very hard to know what's available where.

It's getting to the point where pirating movies is looking attractive again. :) :p
Rating: 32 Votes
17 months ago

Fragmentation will be the death of this.
Eventually consumers just wont have the money to keep adding a monthly subscription service.


Precisely. Many people used the logic "I can get Netflix for $7.99 a month, I don't need cable for $50 a month" ... and now people are finding by the time they subscribe to DirecTVnow, Netflix, and the ala carte stuff they want to add, they're back up spending the $$$ they initially wanted to get away from spending. LOL
Rating: 31 Votes
17 months ago
Apple to announce Disney purchase in 10, 9, 8,...
Rating: 24 Votes
17 months ago
how obnoxious. why not offer an alternative service with competitive pricing given the library size and offer benefits like the ability to stream films in theaters without making the bulk of your content exclusive to your service?
Rating: 20 Votes
17 months ago

Well, everyone wanted to pay for channels a la carte. Now you can.


So many complained but so few of them understood that this is what was going to happen.

Around 25% of your cable bill each month goes to ESPN. That's right, a single channel gets a huge chunk of the money. The rest is divided amongst the rest. People are cool paying $60/month for 100 channels but when you start looking at $15 a month for just ESPN, that seems crazy to most. Thanks to bundling, you get a price that seems more reasonable as it includes far more for the money.

With unbundling, a number of things happen. First, you have less subscribers. This means that each channel has to increase their rates. ESPN can't afford to charge just $20 a month because now they have far less subscribers. So they have to increase their price in order to make the same amount.

The sad second thing is that you put a lot of channels out of business. Within your typical subscription bundle, there are plenty of channels you might not watch but some others do. With a bundled service, everyone helps pay for those. Maybe you even really enjoy one of the small channels. But now that they aren't bundled, they aren't going to make enough to survive. Say goodbye to channels like FX and others that don't have the huge viewership of the big 10 to keep them in business.

There are goods and bads to bundled TV subscriptions. But most don't understand the goods, only believing they'll be able to pay less than what cable companies charge now for even greater choice. That simply isn't true. Enjoy having subscriptions to Netflix, HBO Go, and a dozen others if you want the same choices you use to enjoy.
Rating: 19 Votes
17 months ago
I want another monthly "subscription" like I want a hole in the head. I have to process this one for awhile...
Rating: 19 Votes

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