In a move that probably should have been done years ago, Disney has officially announced that they will be pulling all of their movies from Netflix and starting their own streaming platform. Users can expect to see the Disney streaming service go live in 2019 and an ESPN streaming service in early 2018.
“We’re building direct-to-consumer Disney service. We’ve had a good relationship with Netflix. They have been distributing in the pay window Disney-branded movies and Pixar-branded movies, Marvel, and Star Wars,” Disney CEO Bob Iger said on Tuesday. “We had a deal that gave us the option to move our films from the Netflix platform to somewhere else — starting with a calendar year 2019 slate and that’s what we’re doing. So we’re creating a Disney-branded service that will have those movies on it, and if you look at the 2019 slate, it includes Frozen 2, Toy Story 4, and a live-action remake of Lion King.”
In even bigger news, for those who are huge Disney Channel Original Movie buffs like me, Iger also said that the streaming service will include some of your favorite DCOM’s along with some new original programming. And don’t worry Marvel fans, Disney still plans to continue making shows such as Daredevil and The Punisher with and for Netflix.
So, while it’s just another streaming service to shell out money too, I have a feeling that this one will for sure be worth the investment!