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Disney To End Deal With Netflix And Launch Their Own Streaming Service

Disney To End Deal With Netflix And Launch Their Own Streaming Service

By Thomas Kenzaki

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

39 Comments

    • We complain about cable prices and the bundles but I am afraid the road ahead is not going to look much better than what we got if everyone decides to start a streaming service for 10 bucks or more.
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    • HammerJoe wrote:
      Aug 8th, 2017 8:51 pm
      We complain about cable prices and the bundles but I am afraid the road ahead is not going to look much better than what we got if everyone decides to start a streaming service for 10 bucks or more.
      That's how I feel. I don't think content companies got that. They assumed people are leaving cable because of the delivery system, when in reality it's the cost.
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    • HammerJoe wrote:
      Aug 8th, 2017 8:51 pm
      We complain about cable prices and the bundles but I am afraid the road ahead is not going to look much better than what we got if everyone decides to start a streaming service for 10 bucks or more.
      That is exactly what everyone has been asking for though, to be able to pick and choose the channels they pay for.
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    • both Netflix and Disney went down 5%. Looks like the market doesn't like the impact on either company.
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    • Ojam wrote:
      Aug 8th, 2017 10:48 pm
      That is exactly what everyone has been asking for though, to be able to pick and choose the channels they pay for.
      But isnt that what we are experiencing right now but with channels? We all like to have ceetain channels but in order to get them we have to pay more because they are sparsed beween the bundles.
      With streaming its not channels but shows, you want to watch Orange is the new black, catch it on Netflix, Game of Thrones? Subscribe to HBO, want sports subscribe to sportsnet (and this will probably be split into sport treamings like one service for hockey, another for basebal, etc), want to watch the big bang theory subscribe to cbs, want to watch vikings well you need history streaming service, etc, etc, etc...

      We are already seeing this between Netflix, crave and Amazon.
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    • HammerJoe wrote:
      Aug 8th, 2017 11:18 pm
      But isnt that what we are experiencing right now but with channels? We all like to have ceetain channels but in order to get them we have to pay more because they are sparsed beween the bundles.
      With streaming its not channels but shows, you want to watch Orange is the new black, catch it on Netflix, Game of Thrones? Subscribe to HBO, want sports subscribe to sportsnet (and this will probably be split into sport treamings like one service for hockey, another for basebal, etc), want to watch the big bang theory subscribe to cbs, want to watch vikings well you need history streaming service, etc, etc, etc...

      We are already seeing this between Netflix, crave and Amazon.
      Replace streaming service with channel, for years people have wanted and asked for the providers to allow them to pick and choose channels a la carte. Instead of them doing it content providers are cutting out the middleman and having their own streaming services. You are not required to buy them all in a bundle, just the ones that interest you. I have no interest in Sports, Disney or Crave, I have netflix, if I could get HBO Go I would and I have considered Amazon prime.
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    • Ojam wrote:
      Aug 8th, 2017 11:27 pm
      Replace streaming service with channel, for years people have wanted and asked for the providers to allow them to pick and choose channels a la carte. Instead of them doing it content providers are cutting out the middleman and having their own streaming services. You are not required to buy them all in a bundle, just the ones that interest you. I have no interest in Sports, Disney or Crave, I have netflix, if I could get HBO Go I would and I have considered Amazon prime.
      Exactly. The way they do sports is totally shameless.

      Just look at NBA. NBA league pass is far better than what rogers and bell provide. They dont show all the games in league pass and they are also responsible for blacking out the home games too. Some games are not even in HD!.

      Cut the middleman out.

      Netflix + Amazon = $20/month. It would cost the consumers arm and a leg if all the content there is only available on cable tv.
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    • kevindurant1 wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 12:07 am
      Exactly. The way they do sports is totally shameless.

      Just look at NBA. NBA league pass is far better than what rogers and bell provide. They dont show all the games in league pass and they are also responsible for blacking out the home games too. Some games are not even in HD!.

      Cut the middleman out.

      Netflix + Amazon = $20/month. It would cost the consumers arm and a leg if all the content there is only available on cable tv.
      I think the argument is that more and more content creators are trying to start up their own streaming services. This means it will be harder and harder for both Netflix and Amazon to license other peoples content (which is one of the reasons content dissapears from netflix). If this trend continues then eventually you would need to buy more subs to make up for the missing content.
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    • You know the 1 place where all these shows remain available- torrents.

      All these stupid moves will drive piracy numbers through the roof. I already pay for Netflix and TMN/HBO, how many more of these services do they expect me to pay for??
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    • zod wrote:
      Aug 8th, 2017 9:43 pm
      That's how I feel. I don't think content companies got that. They assumed people are leaving cable because of the delivery system, when in reality it's the cost.
      People want the same amount of high quality TV productions and movies they get today at, say $10 a month with no advertisements.

      To expect the same amount of content at 1/10 the direct cost with no advertisements is just not possible.

      There is a reason why Netflix has as many comedy specials, shows and movies as they do. They are extremely cheap to make.
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    • Remember, with conventional television, advertising makes up close to - if not more than - 30% of the run time.
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    • Huh, that's an odd choice :S
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    • kevindurant1 wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 12:07 am
      Exactly. The way they do sports is totally shameless.

      Just look at NBA. NBA league pass is far better than what rogers and bell provide. They dont show all the games in league pass and they are also responsible for blacking out the home games too. Some games are not even in HD!.

      Cut the middleman out.

      Netflix + Amazon = $20/month. It would cost the consumers arm and a leg if all the content there is only available on cable tv.
      However, the NBA did just start on massive television deals (so big in fact that it dramatically changed the salary cap)... and our own sports teams in Toronto are co-owned by Rogers and Bell, so they have a lot of control over why cable tv gets so much precedence. It sucks because more and more of my TV watching is relegated to sports or subscription stuff like HBO, and while I'm trying to do the right thing by not just pirating, they don't make it easy (or reasonably priced) to do it.
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    • Feneant wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 6:25 am
      You know the 1 place where all these shows remain available- torrents.

      All these stupid moves will drive piracy numbers through the roof. I already pay for Netflix and TMN/HBO, how many more of these services do they expect me to pay for??
      This. Not liking the future trends of fragmented streaming services. I won't be subbing to 5 different services for content I want. It'll cost the same as cable TV at that point.
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    • Feneant wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 6:25 am
      You know the 1 place where all these shows remain available- torrents.

      All these stupid moves will drive piracy numbers through the roof. I already pay for Netflix and TMN/HBO, how many more of these services do they expect me to pay for??
      Wait, can you subscribe to TMN/HBO without a cable subscription?
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    • M1GOmigs wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 12:42 pm
      Wait, can you subscribe to TMN/HBO without a cable subscription?
      Reading the small print at the bottom steers me to believe that you must be either a Bell/Rogers/etc customer in order to qualify to have HBO/TMN in your home (legally)
      Source: http://www.themovienetwork.ca/tmngo
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    • tk1000 wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 11:40 pm
      Netflix’s Disney film loss won’t impact Canada and other international markets
      https://mobilesyrup.com/2017/08/09/netf ... vice-2019/
      I suspect that by 2020 Disney will simply buy Netflix (USA) and restore things back to the way they are now. (in the States)
      Minor adjustments might include a boost in Disney content and/or a cut back in Netflix content.

      If I'm wrong about Netflix being sold (to anyone, even sooner than 2020) than I'm a bit surprised because I don't think the future includes
      people willing to spend spend spend on (How many?) all the different options outside of just Netflix itself...

      It will be interesting to see what Netflix Canada does down the road. As they maintain rights to Disney content that makes them different from Netflix USA. (ie stops people in Canada from using American accounts, maybe?)
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    • zod wrote:
      Aug 9th, 2017 1:24 am
      I think the argument is that more and more content creators are trying to start up their own streaming services. This means it will be harder and harder for both Netflix and Amazon to license other peoples content (which is one of the reasons content dissapears from netflix). If this trend continues then eventually you would need to buy more subs to make up for the missing content.
      That is not a bad thing. Its actually a good thing.

      At the end of the day. Competition is good. More choices is good. We cant just have Netflix/Amazon.

      Just look at Rogers/Bell. They controlled what we bought. It would be great if we have multiple streaming services in the future. Prices will more likely be low and to get you to subscribe they will have to give you some quality content.
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    • kevindurant1 wrote:
      Aug 10th, 2017 1:38 am
      At the end of the day. Competition is good. More choices is good. We cant just have Netflix/Amazon.
      Yeah, I know. I miss Shomi. In fact, I wish I could have Netflix or Amazon on my Rogers digital box.
      I wouldn't have to pay for unlimited internet. The box did not count as data usage. (Shomi was on channel 300 as well as being a streaming service for other devices besides just the TV)
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    • wOw that had be great. But it would be paid streaming service. Huff definitely gonna miss the opportunity.
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    • playnicee1 wrote:
      Aug 10th, 2017 1:56 am
      Yeah, I know. I miss Shomi. In fact, I wish I could have Netflix or Amazon on my Rogers digital box.
      I wouldn't have to pay for unlimited internet. The box did not count as data usage. (Shomi was on channel 300 as well as being a streaming service for other devices besides just the TV)
      My Brother in law has Bell, and his Fibe TV box also has Netflix on it, IIRC...
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    • M1GOmigs wrote:
      Aug 10th, 2017 9:09 am
      My Brother in law has Bell, and his Fibe TV box also has Netflix on it, IIRC...
      That's why bell has unlimited internet IIRC, you're still streaming, not using a data free Rogers box...like I said, I miss not having to pay for internet to access this stuff.
      (I mean, I have internet, I just miss not having to pay the extra $10 for Rogers unlimited because channel 300 did not require any data at all)
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    • playnicee1 wrote:
      Aug 10th, 2017 9:46 am
      That's why bell has unlimited internet IIRC, you're still streaming, not using a data free Rogers box...like I said, I miss not having to pay for internet to access this stuff.
      (I mean, I have internet, I just miss not having to pay the extra $10 for Rogers unlimited because channel 300 did not require any data at all)
      Ah ok, I wasn't sure if it was included in his data usage or waived because it was done through the Fibe digital box...
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    • According to Reuters, Netflix is in “active discussions” with the Walt Disney Company regarding potentially keeping Marvel and Star Wars content on the streaming platform in the U.S., once Disney pulls its content in 2019.

      Read more at http://ca.reuters.com/article/technolog ... R0V0-OCATC
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    • http://www.cbc.ca/news/business/netflix ... -1.4240742

      "And the past week alone has seen three big developments in the streaming industry, starting with CBS's decision to take its own streaming service known as All Access around the world, including Canada, starting next year.

      Launched in 2014, CBS offers the entire back catalogue of hit CBS comedies and procedural dramas — along with premium Showtime content plus a 24/7 news channel — for $5.99 US a month, or $9.99 for a version with no commercials. The service has grown quickly, now boasting more than 4 million customers in the U.S. and on track to double that by 2020, CBS said in announcing the move."


      Heres our future folks like I said in my previous comment. We are at the beginning of the wave and it will get worse once everyone starts to get onboard with their streaming services.
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    • Facing higher costs and surging competition is tricky, which might be why Netflix has just announced a price hike for Canadians. The basic plan with no high-definition viewing and one screen goes up $1 to $8.99 a month starting now for new members. HD viewing on two screens will now cost $10.99 a month and the deluxe edition with four simultaneous streams in ultra-high definition goes up to $13.99.

      Hoe come I have not heard anything about this??
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    • ABC Studios (the television production unit of ABC Entertainment Group, part of Disney) loses a 'prolific producer' talent to Netflix...

      Shonda Rhimes Moves to Netflix From ABC With Huge Overall Deal
      The prolific showrunner behind 'Grey's Anatomy,' 'Scandal' and more has left her longtime home at ABC Studios for the streaming giant.

      http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-f ... al-1029142
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    • HammerJoe wrote:
      Aug 12th, 2017 4:10 pm
      Heres our future folks like I said in my previous comment. We are at the beginning of the wave and it will get worse once everyone starts to get onboard with their streaming services.
      And again, as per my previous comment, besides the delivery method, this is literally what consumers have been asking for, channels (streaming services = channels) a la carte. You're not forced to pay for services you don't want or don't use and you can choose which services you buy.
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    • Ojam wrote:
      Aug 14th, 2017 7:26 pm
      And again, as per my previous comment, besides the delivery method, this is literally what consumers have been asking for, channels (streaming services = channels) a la carte. You're not forced to pay for services you don't want or don't use and you can choose which services you buy.
      Sure but are you prepared to pay 10bucks (or more) per streaming service (or channel)?
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    • HammerJoe wrote:
      Aug 14th, 2017 9:31 pm
      Sure but are you prepared to pay 10bucks (or more) per streaming service (or channel)?
      Actually yes. Let us use this example.

      CBS catalogue, Live news + Showtime = $10

      To get that same thing from rogers you will have to pay for their "skinny" service. That is $25 + the super channel. I think its $10.

      The CBS one will have all their shows with no ads. You want ads its $6. No need to DVR. Shows available online might not be available on CBS cable because there is only 1 stream going at a time.

      $35 VS $6.
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    • Disney should combine all the Disney content with all the ESPN content plus ABC shows under 1 new streaming service. It will be a must-have and a better competitor to Netflix.
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    • HammerJoe wrote:
      Aug 14th, 2017 9:31 pm
      Sure but are you prepared to pay 10bucks (or more) per streaming service (or channel)?
      I have no need to pay for all of them, I could be tempted to get what I want, I'd say if I could get it I'd pay for Netflix, HBO and maybe showtime.
      scoper wrote:
      Aug 14th, 2017 11:21 pm
      Disney should combine all the Disney content with all the ESPN content plus ABC shows under 1 new streaming service. It will be a must-have and a better competitor to Netflix.
      That's called a bundle, and as amazing as it is there are lots of people who just do not care about sports or even basic cable. I could be tempted by Disney (but probably not) but I definitly 100% would not be interested in the other 2, which is why bundles suck.
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    • I thought they are going to launch this year. 2019 too long.
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    • What else can Netflix say? if they say "we are worried we may lose 10-20% of our customers to Disney" their stock would take a big hit.
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