Disney to challenge Netflix by starting its own streaming video service

Disney to challenge Netflix by starting its own streaming video service
Entertainment giant Disney is going to start competing with Netflix in the business of streaming films and videos. After the stock market closed this afternoon, the Burbank based media company said that it will stop providing first run theatrical releases to Netflix starting with the 2019 season. Disney's new streaming platform will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for Video On Demand produced by Disney and Pixar. Previously, Netflix would have exclusively ended up with this material to show to its subscribers.

By busting up its agreement with Netflix, Disney makes sure that it gets to hold on to three highly regarded properties expected to be produced in the near future. These include Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen (Frozen-er?) and a live-action version of the animated and Broadway smash The Lion King. Among Disney theatrical releases currently offered on Netflix are:

  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
  • Moana.
  • Finding Dory.
  • Zootopia.
  • Lilo & Stitch.

Disney's new streaming service will be available from Disney itself, from app stores, or from Pay-TV partners.


source: Variety

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11 Comments

1. Skizzo

Posts: 403; Member since: Jul 14, 2013

If anyone has the content and the budget to compete with Netflix, it's Disney. This means that all future Star Wars, Marvel, Disney, and Pixar movies and shows will not be found on Netflix until Disney decides to let them have it. Also, Disney has the pockets to fund SO much original content in the way of shows on their streaming service. Could suck to be Netflix.

2. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I imagine other movie studios could follow Disney's lead. Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, Fox... they could all benefit significantly from their own streaming services. I would just hope that the content they offered would be a full catalog of their movie library, and not some ridiculous limited rotation of various obscure titles with a couple hits thrown in.

5. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Same can be said of the music industry yes?! If this all about giving more control back to the content makers...I'm definitely down for shaking up the industry. All those subscriptions though...

9. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

I've heard Comedy Central plans to do similar, saw a guy joking that it will only be a matter of years until everyone is trying to do their own service, than someone will bundle it all and we'll basically be back to cable.

11. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1345; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

They have to tread lightly here as they can be seen as an entertainment Monopoly. I don't think people realize how much characters Disney owns Take for eg.. All Hanna Barbara, Jim Henson's Muppets, Marvel, Star wars etc... Challenged by anyone they might have to divest some holdings in order to continue with their entertainment empire

3. palmguy

Posts: 965; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

Wow. The day Netflix is challenged. I didn't see that coming.

4. lmao2016

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 17, 2016

I have Netflix and besides marvel Netflix TV shows I don't really watch Disney programs like that.

6. diggie32

Posts: 388; Member since: Apr 03, 2016

I don't subscribe (literally) to network stream service fragmentation. Hulu, Netflix, ect - ok. They offer a lot of diversity. HBO, Disney, ESPN, ect - No.

7. fastfreddy123

Posts: 66; Member since: Mar 25, 2017

Netflix has a deal with Disney through 2018. Should be interesting to see if Disney sticks with there streaming service more then a year. Disney had a cellphone service and gave up on it early, there alot like Microsoft in that way. I think Netflix will just sign a deal with Nickelodeon or someone else. As much as the other cos may want people to sign up with multiple services, I know im not going to. Most shows these days are crap. i may buy a particular show like the Good Witch, but im not financing NBC , Disney, or Fox.. ALL THEY WANNA DO IS SHOVE PROPAGANDA DOWN MY THROAT AND TELL me what i can or cannot believe is morally right or wrong,

10. surethom

Posts: 1618; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

NO ONE wants even More streaming services you have to pay for, we just want a max 4, Sky, Amazon, Netflix & another one. This will just encourage more people to download for free.

12. GTNavy

Posts: 55; Member since: Oct 13, 2014

This is the movie studios revenge against cord cutters. I already have Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I can't afford another streaming service. I might as well get cable.

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