The huge blockbuster deal that Netflix and Disney agreed to back in 2012 will finally take effect in September of this year. Netflix will be allowed to stream all Disney films. This includes Pixar, Marvel, and even Lucasfilm titles. The time frame will still be about the same as when the films would be made available to Starz, HBO, and other paid TV networks, debuting after Blu-ray, DVD, and digital media, but it will be much sooner than the usual long wait that Netflix subscribers are used to.
One of the nicer features of this deal is that Disney films that are released theatrically in 2016 and after are also included in the agreement. This means Captain America: Civil War and Rouge One: A Star Wars Story are guaranteed on Netflix who are reported to be paying hundred of millions of dollars for this deal. After reading that, it probably won’t be surprising to see yet another increase in the paid subscription later in the future.
This exclusivity pact will block networks like Starz and HBO from getting the latest Disney films for at least the first run pay TV window. It will also keep them off of Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services. Check out Netflix’s blog post here.
This makes things a little bit more interesting in the streaming world. Amazon has recently offered a $8.99 a month subscription that gets the viewer the same movies and shows that Prime offers, including them having Doctor Who exclusively now, but without the free shipping of goods and without access to the Prime Music service. But now that Netflix and Disney have delivered this blow, and it is a big one, it seems to be clear that Netflix will stay on top of their throne as the King of Streaming (at least for now).
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