Are you a fan of the streaming service, Netflix? Do you enjoy Disney films? This fall, “Netflix will become the exclusive U.S. pay-TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.” The announcement was made via a blog post by Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos.
Netflix’s U.S. rights cover Disney movies starting with 2016 theatrical releases, which means American streaming subs will not have access to “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Instead, Starz will have streaming rights to the blockbuster space epic in the U.S.
With summertime right around the corner, the company is estimating the app’s usage will increase by 20%. Not to mention, countless other films such as Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and more will be arriving to the service in the coming months. Online streaming services have become very popular in the past few years, giving television a run for its money.
Disney’s 2016 movie slate includes “Zootopia,”as well as “The Jungle Book,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” “Finding Dory,” Steven Spielberg’s “The BFG,” “Pete’s Dragon,” “Doctor Strange,” “Moana” and “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.”
“The 2016 (Disney) releases will start rolling on in September and we’ll share specific dates/titles closer to their premiere on the service,” a Netflix rep said.
Meanwhile, Netflix also disclosed that several older Disney titles will be leaving the service in June. Those include “Hercules” (June 1) as well as “Mulan” and “Hunchback of Notre Dame” (June 24); Disney movies that will remain include “Tarzan,” “Robin Hood,” “Lilo & Stitch” and “Emperor’s New Groove.”
The agreement itself was said to have been made over three and a half years ago. Now that the full effect will take place this September, what are your thoughts on this move?