If there’s a lot of Disney content on your Netflix “My List” to watch, you better setup a date to binge-watch them soon. Disney has just announced that they are ending their deal with Netflix.
Come 2019 you’ll no longer be able to watch the latest blockbuster releases like Moana or Zootopia on Netflix. Disney will instead be launching their own streaming service in an attempt to capture a piece of the hot market which also includes other big names such as Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Crave TV.
Rather than building a new streaming platform from scratch, Disney has announced an agreement to acquire majority ownership in BAMTech for $1.58 billion (USD). BAMTech is a global leader in direct-to-consumer streaming technology and marketing services and currently powers the streaming services for MLB, NHL and MLS.
Fans of Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Luke Cage fear not. According to this NPR article those Netflix produced Marvel shows will be staying on Netflix: "Netflix, which lately has been focusing on its own exclusive programing, said it would continue to do business with Disney globally, including keeping its exclusive shows from Marvel television."
It’s unclear at this time if the new yet to be named service from Disney will be offered in Canada but we expect it to become available sometime after their initial launch in the US. We’ve reached out to Disney for comment and will update the article when we have more information.
How do you feel about Disney pulling their catalogue from Netflix? Would you ever subscribe to a separate service just for Disney? Let us know in the comments below what you think.Source: The Walt Disney Company