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Disney Is Launching a Streaming Service to Rival Netflix

Dave Parrack 08-08-2017

If you enjoy watching Disney movies The Tomorrowland Movie Review for Geeks... Disney's Dour Destiny Are you an optimist, or a pessimist? That's the question at the heart of this Disney film. Is Tomorrowland worth watching? Read our spoiler-free review for geeks below to find out. Read More on Netflix then you’d better make the most of it. Because Disney has announced it’s planning to launch its own streaming service in 2019. Which means it’s current distribution deal with Netflix is coming to an end. That Mickey sure is a tough customer.


Disney and Netflix have forged a good relationship over the years. It’s been beneficial for both parties too, with Disney getting to stream its films on a popular platform, and Netflix gaining subscribers as a result. Now, however, Disney is ready to strike out on its own, with a streaming service that will provide direct competition to Netflix.

Disney Wants a Slice of the Streaming Pie

Mickey Mouse and co. revealed their hand in a press release regarding its acquisition of BAMTech. Disney is paying $1.58 billion to become the majority shareholder in BAMTech, a streaming company I have personally never heard of. Still, it’s this acquisition which will enable Disney to launch its own streaming service.

Disney will launch its streaming service in 2019, which means it’s curtains for Netflix. Calling it a “strategic shift,” Disney states it will “end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.”

As for what kind of service Disney is building, the company said:

“The new Disney-branded service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, which includes Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and The Lion King from Disney live-action, along with other highly anticipated movies.”

“Disney will also make a significant investment in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the service. Additionally, the service will feature a vast collection of library content, including Disney and Pixar movies and Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD television programming.”

As well as this streaming service for movies and TV shows Disney is launching an ESPN streaming service in 2018. This will offer a “robust array of sports programming, featuring approximately 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year, including Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports.”


I Stream Therefore I Pay Through the Nose

This represents a significant change in the way Disney delivers content to consumers. The company has always maintained a tight grip over its intellectual property. Allowing Netflix to stream its content was a bold move, but launching its own streaming service is an even bolder move. The problem for us consumers is it’s yet another streaming service 10 Niche Streaming Services for Those Who Hate Netflix Mainstream streaming services carry mainstream content. What can you do if you want to watch something a little less conventional? You're better off checking out these alternative streaming services packed full of niche content. Read More to subscribe to.

Do you regularly watch Disney movies on Netflix? Will the loss of new Disney releases make you ditch Netflix? Are you likely to subscribe to Disney’s new streaming service instead? Is the number of streaming services getting out of hand? The comments are open below.

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  1. Darrell Turner
    August 13, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I could be wrong but I doubt this will be successful. People do love Disney media but I would guess the vast majority of them buy the discs or subscribe through a TV service. It would be like buying them again and again.

  2. likefunbutnot
    August 9, 2017 at 2:29 pm

    I've been a Netflix Subscriber since the late 90s and I have absolutely nothing bad to say about it as a company. I've also been a huge Marvel comics fan and life-long reader since the late 70s.

    I won't be subscribing to any Disney media service. I love those original Marvel series, but it's not enough to let Disney take $10/month out of my pocket. I realize that it's in the interest of media companies to attempt to form their own streaming services, but a better outcome here would've been for Disney to purchase a stake in Netflix. I have to assume that option was considered prior to this announcement, but Netflix's story to date has been it getting hosed continuously by major content providers and consumers have to take a stand against that. If we want the vendor neutral product to succeed, we have to be willing to let the proprietary one fail. That's the best outcome here as well. It's OK for there to be Amazon + Hulu + Netflix. It's not OK to see those big three plus CBS, plus WB plus Disney and plus every half-baked cable channel that thinks it has a captive audience. This shit needs to stop.

  3. A.S.
    August 9, 2017 at 2:26 am

    Yup, one more streaming service. Exactly what the world needs. I said it before and I'd say this again, this is getting out of hand. It's like the terminator reassembling itself. All the cord-cutters will end up paying at least as much as they paid their cable companies by having to subscribe to so many different services. Company's will keep doing it until we say enough is enough.

    • KrazyKat
      August 9, 2017 at 1:37 pm

      Correct me if I'm wrong, but Netflix was distributing (streaming) Disney products through it's services globally to wherever Netflix was available... with this however they are regressing back in time(quote from the article: "The new Disney-branded service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing"). While they certainly reserve the right to do this, it seems like a backhanded business practice in Disney-Netflix business relations as well as a very consumer unfriendly move (content that was available in different regions across the globe will be redacted and available only on U.S.-only streaming services).