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During its quarterly earnings report yesterday, Disney revealed that it plans to remove all of its content from Netflix and debut a streaming service of its own in 2019. The announcement didn't make clear which exact Disney-related pieces of content might be found within that service, but more information from the earnings report has been shared today by TechCrunch, with Disney CEO Bob Iger mentioning Marvel and Star Wars could get their own streaming services down the line.

This means that the 2019 service would be related to Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar films like Lilo and Stitch, Zootopia, Moana, and Finding Dory (all of which are on Netflix right now). Then, the company would debut a Marvel service for movies and television shows in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and a Lucasfilm service for properties in the Star Wars universe.


Disney is said to be "considering" these services right now, but a decision "is not yet set in stone."
According to Disney CEO Bob Iger, the company is still considering how it wants to bring Marvel and LucasFilm titles to consumers. There's been talk of launching proprietary Marvel and Star Wars services, he said on Disney's earnings call on Thursday. But that decision is not yet set in stone.

"We're mindful of the volume of product that would go into those services, and we want to be careful about that," Iger explained.
Currently, Netflix subscribers can watch a number of shows and movies from these Disney-owned brands, including Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Iger mentioned that he and the company have also considered adding Marvel and Star Wars content into the new Disney streaming service. What's stopping this from happening is that they aren't sure that it would be "the right place for them [Marvel/Star Wars properties]," because of a potential lack of overlap between Disney and Pixar fans, and Marvel or Star Wars fans.

The Disney service will reportedly have enough content of its own, with the company's vast back catalogue of films and tv shows, early access to upcoming releases like Toy Story 4, and exclusive new original content.

According to Iger, if these Marvel and Star Wars services do happen, a Disney-created Marvel streaming platform will not interfere with the company's multiyear deal with Netflix, which has resulted in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the upcoming team-up show The Defenders, as well as The Punisher. These original Netflix shows were formed under a separate deal from the one created in 2012, which will see Disney films leave Netflix ahead of the 2019 streaming service's launch.

Because of this, Disney "has no plans" to remove any of these original Marvel TV shows from Netflix, and Iger said that Disney is potentially willing to license even more Marvel characters to Netflix in the future.

Update 8/11: Netflix is holding "active discussions" with Disney about keeping Marvel and Star Wars films on its service after 2019. Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos spoke with Reuters on the topic, confirming the discussions with Disney were still being held, but no mention of TV show-related content was given.

Article Link: Disney May Split Out Star Wars and Marvel Into Standalone Streaming Services [Updated]


macrumors 6502a
Sep 24, 2014
Not a wise decision but companies even successful ones like this one did mistakes and lost money and credibility.
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macrumors 6502
Jul 3, 2011
Apparently Disney believes they lost out on a penny or two here and there. Monetizing themselves out of the hearts and minds of those that can afford it.

I'm not sure if companies making decisions like this understand they are making themselves larger targets for pirates.


macrumors 65816
May 27, 2006
While I loathe cable packages and am more or less a cord cutter, I think we are seeing the true cost of an a la carte service. Everyone wants a la carte, but what no one seems to grasp is that if companies can't charge everyone a little bit for their service, they have to charge the ones that want it significantly more.

A la carte is great on paper. In reality, it is a system that in order to work will end up costing us all a lot more money.


macrumors 68020
Mar 11, 2007
Omaha, NE
I have most of the Star Wars and Marvel movies I want on Blueray. I will now be looking to add any Disney/Pixar to this disc collection.

I suppose Disney could decide to not re-issue films on 4K or Bluray, but if that is their decision I still won't subscribe.
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macrumors G5
Jun 27, 2007
Central U.S.
Ok—I was all on board with the idea of everything Disney being in one subscription service yesterday, but now? To quote the great Carpool Karaoke star Will Smith, “Aww hell no!”
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macrumors 68030
Sep 21, 2009
This is getting ridiculous. I'm sure they only want more money out of their content but at some point consumers have to push back. There is no way I'm paying for Netflix, Prime, Hulu, YouTube, Disney 1 and 2, etc. Especially if they are all trying to increase their individual profits by keeping prices similar. Instead of the Balkanization of cable companies it'll now be the content providers and paying to get what you want will end up costing even more.

Enough will be enough. I'm glad Blu-ray players will exist for years to come. At some point I'll say no more streaming and just do free over the air and whatever is on DVD/Blu-ray. Maybe go back to Handbrake if I want to "stream" stuff again.

Slippery Gimp

macrumors regular
Aug 2, 2008
Leeds, UK
Well that all seems very straightforward then.

And just when I make the decision to exclusively buy all my films from iTunes, up pops a reminder of why to get everything on Blu-ray instead, because where this is potentially going I'm not sure I like.


macrumors 68020
Jul 13, 2008
Alright, I'll pay for the Marvel account/password for the Midwest, if someone else volunteers for Star Wars and Disney. We'll also likely need volunteers for a couple accounts for the West and Eastern coast. Just make sure there are a handful of accounts we share; we don't want it to look suspicious.

Juicy Box

macrumors 604
Sep 23, 2014
I doubt this will happen.

A la carte is great on paper. In reality, it is a system that in order to work will end up costing us all a lot more money.

It will only cost more money if you let it.

Who said that a cord cutter has to subscribe to every service all the time? Just subscribe for a few months, watch what you want to watch, then cancel for a few months. Many times, the streaming services have a free trial, so you might end up getting your first month free when you re-subscribe.

If a person cuts the cord, then get 10 different streaming services at the same time, then it is their own fault if they end up paying more than a cable bill.

EDIT: I am not saying that you would do this, I was just talking about some random cord cutter...
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