Have you heard the news? The CEO of Disney, Bob Iger, announced recently that all of Disney’s movies are going to be pulled from Netflix by 2019. This means that Marvel, Star Wars, and Pixar films are not going to be on Netflix anymore! If you’re reading from the United States, you’ll still be able to watch the movies until the end of 2019. Disney films that come out through the end of 2018 will also still be watchable.
Disney’s reason for doing this is apparently because it wants to start its own streaming service! Do you remember in 2016 when Netflix first started carrying Disney movies? The very first movie that you could watch was Captain America: Civil War. After that, Star Wars movies began popping up, as well as Doctor Strange. Soon, all of these movies will be moved off Netflix and onto Disney’s still-unnamed service.
According to Disney executives, the platform will stream both Disney films and other Disney properties. For example, did you know that ESPN is owned by Disney? Yeah, I didn’t know that either. This means that there’ll be something for everyone. Disney has created some of the most famous movies and media in the world (that’s an understatement), so any streaming content that provides Disney media in one place is sure to be big news.
This is fantastic news for me because it means I’ll have one place to watch all of my favorite movies. Almost all of my favorite movies were produced by Disney, which says a lot about how amazing and strong it is as a company. Doesn’t binge-watching princess movies all night sound fantastic? And the week after that, you can do a Marvel movie marathon, one excellent movie after the other. And the week after THAT, you can watch all the Star Wars movies!
A lot of movies are being released by Disney in the next year. Some of these include Black Panther, Mary Poppins Returns, the live-action Mulan movie, Thor: Ragnarok, and The Incredibles 2. All of these movies sound amazing, and luckily, you’ll still be able to watch them all on Netflix as long as they’re not delayed into 2019. Some movies that won’t make it to Netflix include the life-action Dumbo movie, Frozen 2, the live-action Lion King movie, and Avengers 4. There’s also the fact that Marvel and Netflix are still collaborating to make TV shows like The Defenders, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and Daredevil.
Some people have been asking: well, is this going to ruin Netflix? After all, some of Netflix’s best content is from Disney. There’s a good chance a lot of Netflix subscribers will switch to Disney. In fact, because of the announcement, Netflix stock fell by over 2%. But you have to remember: Netflix makes a lot of amazing TV shows on its own. Orange is the New Black, Stranger Things and House of Cards are all Netflix-produced shows that aren’t going away. Stranger Things has been rocking the tv show boat for quite some time with its wild, interesting story. David Letterman also signed with Netflix to make a show. To compete, Netflix just might make more shows and add content more aggressively.
Netflix just announced that it was acquiring a comic book label, Millarworld. This means it has a lot of new comic books to adapt into movies and TV series. I’m sure in the next few years it’s going to become an all-out content war, as Netflix, Disney, and other companies battle it out to create the best movies and TV shows. Disney’s got it good because instead of relying on TV channels to distribute their holdings, all they have to do is release it onto their platform. It takes out the middleman and further consolidates their empire. Who do you think will win? Netflix already has over 100 million subscribers in 190 countries around the world. If Netflix became a country, it would be larger (population-wise) than the UK. That’s insane. Netflix’s advantage is that it already has a platform, so all it has to do to keep succeeding and diversify and create more content. If it can keep producing hit shows like House of Cards and Stranger Things, as well as movies like Okja, then it should have no problem surviving well into the future.
Where do you think Disney and Netflix will be five years down the road? For now, Disney is still the clear king of movies and tv shows: the name almost guarantees high-quality, great stories, and amazing art. But Netflix’s name is slowly growing bigger and better too. I’m not sure who to root for right now. What’s your take on the battle?