Yes, it is happening. Disney announced Tuesday that it’s going to end its partnership with Netflix in 2019. The company also announced that sometime in 2019, it will be launching its own standalone video streaming service, with a plan to acquire a majority stake in BAMTech, the streaming arm of Major League Baseball.
Albeit, Disney’s major cable networks, such as ESPN, collect the majority of its incomes, in recent years, the percentage has fallen because of the viewers’ change of way to consume entertainment. Starting next year, ESPN will launch its own video streaming service before Disney launches its branded streaming service. With new streaming services, the company will try to connect directly with the customers by taking advantage of their new consuming habits.
Disney CEO Bob Iger said in an announcement,
Our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands.
This is definitely not good news for Netflix. If you’re a Netflix user, you’re probably wondering how long you’ll be able to stream Disney content. Don’t worry; you’re not losing everything right now. Back in 2012, the streaming giant signed the four-year deal with Disney, which only kicked in last year. It means you won’t be able to stream its vast Disney-based movies premiering in 2019 and beyond. Movies releasing this year and all of 2018 will be available on Netflix for streaming.
Upcoming Disney movies you can expect to see on Netflix
- A Wrinkle in Time
- Ant-Man and The Wasp
- Avengers: Infinity War
- Black Panther
- Mary Poppins Returns
- Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2
- Star Wars: The Last Jedi
- Star Wars standalone Han Solo movie (untitled)
- The Incredibles 2
- The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
- Thor: Raganok
- Cars 3
Movies you won’t be able to watch on Netflix
- Avengers 4 (untitled)
- Captain Marvel
- Dumbo (live action, directed by Tim Burton)
- Frozen 2
- Star Wars Episode VIII
- The Lion King (live action, directed by Jon Favreau)
- Toy Story 4
Besides, a spokesperson said, for now, Marvel TV series, such as “Luke Cage,” “Jessica Jones” and “The Punisher” will continue to live on Netflix. And, until the current deal expires, existing Disney and Pixar movies will remain on Netflix. So, it’s no surprise that Netflix is investing so much money on its original content. Just like Netflix, it’s not even good news for the customers. Now they have to subscribe to another streaming service.