Disney to Pull Movies From Netflix, Launch New Streaming Services

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Disney plans to pull all of its movies from Netflix as it prepares to launch its own streaming services, the company said in its latest earnings report (via CNBC.)

    Starting in early 2018, Disney will launch an ESPN video streaming service that will feature approximately 10,000 MLB, NHL, MLS, collegiate, and tennis sporting events every year.

    Then, in 2019, Disney will launch a Disney-branded direct-to-consumer streaming service that offers Disney content.


    It's not clear when Disney plans to remove its content from Netflix, but in 2012, the two companies inked a deal that saw Netflix getting exclusive access to Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar films. Currently, there are dozens of Disney movies available on Netflix, like The Chronicles of Narnia, Moana, Zootopia, Finding Dory, The Jungle Book, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more.

    The deal, though initiated in 2012, didn't fully go into effect until 2016, so Netflix has only had access to a wide range of Disney content for under a year.

    With its huge range of content, Disney stands to become a major competitor to existing streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, and for Apple, this essentially means that if the company ever does manage to launch a streaming service, it may not be able to include any Disney content.

    Article Link: Disney to Pull Movies From Netflix, Launch New Streaming Services
  2. eatrains macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2006
    Well, everyone wanted to pay for channels a la carte. Now you can.
  3. sputnikv macrumors 6502


    Oct 3, 2009
    how obnoxious. why not offer an alternative service with competitive pricing given the library size and offer benefits like the ability to stream films in theaters without making the bulk of your content exclusive to your service?
  4. Dekema2 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    WNY or Utica
    The problem with all of these streaming services is that if a series or season isn't offered on one that you're paying a dozen dollars a month for, you would theoretically need to jump to the other to get it.

    It seems Disney will now just be perpetuating this issue even further, despite the increase in competition.
  5. revjoel macrumors member


    May 20, 2009
    Apple to announce Disney purchase in 10, 9, 8,...
  6. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Netflix seems to become less and less valuable by the year... Pretty soon all they're going to have left is their couple original series, and a plethora of 1990s movies available in the $1.00 DVD bin at Walmart. They keep raising prices yet keep losing content. I have cable TV still (mainly because you can't pry my TiVo from my grips, and I have Hulu. Had Netflix and between raising prices, adding restrictions like streaming to two devices at one time in the same house without paying more, having to pay more for 4K, etc, I ditched them. They're becoming irrelevant with Sling\DirecTVnow\Hulu Live, etc...
  7. jgelin macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2015
    St Petersburg, FL
    Fragmentation will be the death of this.
    Eventually consumers just wont have the money to keep adding a monthly subscription service.
  8. EliasM macrumors member

    Nov 16, 2013
    I don't get tv and film streaming. Why can't it be like music streaming where you can (in many cases) find the same songs on different platforms? This is most annoying and is forcing people to pay for more subscriptions than would be ideal.
  9. BigMovieGeek macrumors regular

    May 22, 2010
    That sounds an awful lot like Disney Life that we have in the UK. It's a £4.99 per month subscription that gives you access to a huge library of Disney movies, TV shows, books and soundtracks. I have it for the kid (and me ;-) ) and it's well worth the price in my opinion.
  10. McFreggle macrumors 6502a


    Jul 18, 2001
    Dendermonde/Leuven, Belgium
    Aren't Apple and Disney linked anymore? Steve Jobs was a link between the two. Is that link gone?
  11. TraceyS/FL macrumors 601

    Jan 11, 2007
    North Central Florida
    I want another monthly "subscription" like I want a hole in the head. I have to process this one for awhile...
  12. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Precisely. Many people used the logic "I can get Netflix for $7.99 a month, I don't need cable for $50 a month" ... and now people are finding by the time they subscribe to DirecTVnow, Netflix, and the ala carte stuff they want to add, they're back up spending the $$$ they initially wanted to get away from spending. LOL
  13. ersan191 macrumors 65816

    Oct 26, 2013
    Oh neat, the studios are finding ways to encourage piracy again.
  14. iVoid macrumors 65816

    Jan 9, 2007
    Sigh... this is why I dropped Netflix and don't subscribe to other streaming services: It's very hard to know what's available where.

    It's getting to the point where pirating movies is looking attractive again. :) :p
  15. harriska2 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 16, 2011
    Except here it will be between $10 and $15 per month with minimum wage at about $10 per hour.
  16. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    So many complained but so few of them understood that this is what was going to happen.

    Around 25% of your cable bill each month goes to ESPN. That's right, a single channel gets a huge chunk of the money. The rest is divided amongst the rest. People are cool paying $60/month for 100 channels but when you start looking at $15 a month for just ESPN, that seems crazy to most. Thanks to bundling, you get a price that seems more reasonable as it includes far more for the money.

    With unbundling, a number of things happen. First, you have less subscribers. This means that each channel has to increase their rates. ESPN can't afford to charge just $20 a month because now they have far less subscribers. So they have to increase their price in order to make the same amount.

    The sad second thing is that you put a lot of channels out of business. Within your typical subscription bundle, there are plenty of channels you might not watch but some others do. With a bundled service, everyone helps pay for those. Maybe you even really enjoy one of the small channels. But now that they aren't bundled, they aren't going to make enough to survive. Say goodbye to channels like FX and others that don't have the huge viewership of the big 10 to keep them in business.

    There are goods and bads to bundled TV subscriptions. But most don't understand the goods, only believing they'll be able to pay less than what cable companies charge now for even greater choice. That simply isn't true. Enjoy having subscriptions to Netflix, HBO Go, and a dozen others if you want the same choices you use to enjoy.
  17. npmacuser5 macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2015
    Quality vs Quantity. I prefer Quality and willing to pay more for it. The cable boxes, contracts, lousy support, DVR, skipping commercials, and you still have to pay extra for Netflix, Amazon, HBO, etc. Price is only one part of the user experience.
  18. jetjaguar macrumors 68030


    Apr 6, 2009
  19. prowlmedia Suspended

    Jan 26, 2010
    Disney life in the UK is really good value for kids... has a LOT of movies, TV shows and behind the scenes extras etc.

    They have a lot of older content that I hope they will add too - old documentaries etc.
  20. sk1wbw Suspended


    May 28, 2011
    Williamsburg, Virginia
    Don't worry, they'll offer payment plans just like they do for their parks.
  21. mrkkbb macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2016
    So true, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, ABC go, CBS all access, HBO go, FX+ (just announced), AMC Premiere, SlingTV, ...
  22. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    Yep. TiVo user experience consistently trumps all other services. That's why TiVo users are like Mac users... once a user always a user. The experience is flawless. Cable company boxes, even the most advanced brand new ones, are garbage. FYI Tivo requires no contract, and skips commercials ;-)
  23. hawkeye_a macrumors 65816


    Jun 27, 2016
    Disney owns the content, and as long as they are not breaching any existing contract, they can choose how they want to deliver said content to end users.

    However, I do wonder why a publishing house would want to bear the burden/overhead of maintaining and hosting their own service when they could just let others(Apple, Netflix, whoever) do it for them?
  24. pika2000 macrumors 603

    Jun 22, 2007
    But isn't that what everybody wants? A la cate instead of paying one provider (be it the cable companies or netflix) for things you don't need?

  25. napabar macrumors 6502


    Jun 12, 2008
    Silly comment to say Apple won't be able to stream Disney's content. Apple and Disney have been in bed together since Jobs was alive. Iger is on Apple's board, even.

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