Back in August, Disney made the call that they would start pulling their content from Netflix in order to start their own streaming service. When the new streaming platform is released, Disney and Pixar titles would be removed from Netflix starting sometime in 2019. Disney currently produces Marvel series like Daredevil, The Punisher, and others, but new Marvel shows are expected to be exclusive to the Disney streaming service.
“I can say that our plan on the Disney side is to price this substantially below where Netflix is. That is in part reflective of the fact that it will have substantially less volume,” Robert A. Iger, Chairman, and CEO of The Walt Disney Company said. “It’ll have a lot of high quality because of the brands and the franchises that will be on it that we’ve talked about. But it’ll simply launch with less volume, and the price will reflect that.”
Disney already confirmed its streaming service will play host to new upcoming films like Toy Story 4, Frozen 2, the live-action Lion King, and projects like a newly announced live-action Star Wars TV series. Disney recently held talks to buy assets from 21st Century Fox, which would have greatly expanded available content for the fledgling streaming service, but those talks are no longer reportedly active.
This wave of moves on Disney’s end calls into question their shared ownership in Hulu, which is about to debut Runaways. The mega-company could sign over a licensing deal but it also means that with their new streaming platform they could pull Runaways off of Hulu on a moment’s notice. This would not affect networks shows such as ABC, Disney XD or Freeform, which are all directly owned by Disney.
So look to 2019-2020 for series’ based around such Disney properties as Star Wars, Marvel, and Monsters Inc. to help launch their digital streaming service and say goodbye to a lot of targeted content on Netflix.
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