Geekery: Disney & Netflix Part Ways

Well, that didn’t last long…

The two companies agreed on an exclusive streaming deal less than a year ago, and was enacted in September of last year. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that that they had a good relationship with Netflix, but have decided to use their option to leave that contract to create their own streaming service. They will be removing all of it’s movies from Netflix by the end of 2018, and none of the new releases from Disney or Pixar will appear on the service.

They announced the move yesterday, and gave a hint at what’s to come…

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.

No word just yet on where Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios movies will end up in the long run, but and Iger has confirmed that the Marvel TV series are staying on Netflix.

Consumers have been asking for a la carte style purchasing options instead of telecom company package deals for years, and it looks like many of the premium stations are ready to offer it… but is it really a good thing and is it sustainable? Most consumers are willing to shell out $10-15 a month for a service like Hulu, Netflix, and Amazon because they offer content from a wide variety of sources. Disney is one of those special cases that folks will find value in paying for – especially parents. There’s a limit to how many $15 a month TV subscriptions services one can afford to pay for, however.

What do you think about all of this?

  • Txabi Etxebarrieta

    There is no way for consumers to win on this one. More entertainment providers wanting their own subscription services for better revenues than licensing are just going to keep cutting up the market.

    It sucks, but Netflix has had such a shortage of content I actually care about that I’m going to ditch it for Shudder and maybe one or two other subscriptions.

    • Cergorach

      This will probably wind up with people with Netflix accounts not going to Disney and just pirate the crap they want to watch from Disney (which isn’t that much). Or worse, people also leaving Netflix and pirating everything…

      • Txabi Etxebarrieta

        Yeah. I don’t pirate, but there’s no real incentive for me to go to a Disney subscription or keep my Netflix account. Meaning all Disney’s done is lose my money and interest.

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          Hulu did that for me.

        • Spacefrisian

          I pirate stuff when not delivered, dont even feel bad about not my fault they dont bring it a legal way.

          Squaresoft was the first in my case, they didnt bring certain PSX games to the pal region so i was forced to pirate.

          • Txabi Etxebarrieta

            I have that with Kamen Rider. Try to support by buying a piece of merch or something (action figure, sound track, whatever). But fan subs are just so much better than official ones.

      • stinkoman

        services like netflix made it worth paying to not go through the trouble pirating. the more they split services up like this, the more we go back to pirating. you stop pirating by making it not worth the effort. when my subs start splitting, it becomes worth the effort.

    • Richard Mitchell

      Probably as to do more with the Dreamworks series appearing as new series and being more successful than the Disney ones with the exception of Marvel IP. The problem is it is hard for Disney to compete outside of the Disney channel with all the new anime, Voltron, and other Dreamworks properties. It is smarter for Disney to keep their customer base exclusive rather than inclusive and expose children to other IPs.

  • dynath

    People want an Ala-cart option that is all in one place. I’m not going to fork out 30 subscription fees to different companies. I like Disney movies when I can randomly watch them but not enough to hunt them down an pay a subscription fee to a service. Neither streaming nor cable is worth my time anymore. It just waists my interest making me hunt up a list of 90 websites or poorly developed apps that may have… something to watch. I’ll stick with youtube. at least they have some cat videos to watch.

    • Txabi Etxebarrieta

      Agreed. It’s deceptively easy to just not give a damn about entertainment offerings.

    • EnTyme

      Two weeks ago, I turned on my TV to watch the new season of Rick and Morty. Astonished, I realized it was the first time my TV had been on in over a month. There is just not much content that I care about anymore.

    • Ryan Hall

      A la carte is the exact opposite of all-in-one. If you have to have more than cable and a service, you may be watching too much television. In that case, I agree, your waist is not an interest.

      • dynath

        A la carte only means the option to choose individual offerings, it says nothing of about the source of those options. If I go to a store and they sell a la carte it doesn’t mean they separate all their different sandwiches into entirely different stores just that they don’t package their items together. I don’t have to take fries if I don’t want them. In my argument I am saying I want to be able to get different shows/movies from multiple networks but would prefer to have them under a single payment. I don’t want to have to manage a dozen subscriptions and track what subscription has access to what show. Right now I have two services and nothing else, but it seems like every cable station is trying to start their own streaming service for just their stuff. I just don’t care to waste my time on these individual options and I suspect a lot of people will agree with me. I doubt a huge number of people will subscribe to more than 3 of these obnoxious half services that get made and in the long run companies like Disney will pay a lot more to run a streaming service than the profit they make off of it being an in house project.

        • Me

          This does not help with having to keep track of multiple subs, but I use Roku. I am able to search for what I want to watch, and if available, the Roku tells me where to find it. Assuming I have access to that service, I can get right to it.

          For just that reason, the Roku is one of the best entertainment investments I have ever made. The only problem I have with it is that it cannot dvr live streams.

        • Ryan Hall

          I watch more cable On Demand than anything else. Streaming services are just a steaming pile in my opinion. Then again, I only catch a few hours of TV a week, minus football season.

  • benn grimm

    Netflix needs to up their game a bit, every time I go there recently to check out something I heard of, or missed on mainstream, it’s not there, yet strangely easily accessible for free on some random vid player website.

    That said, not in the least bit bothered about Disney leaving the service, they’ve been doing this sort of thing for years, jacking up the premiums, gouging parents, living off a decaying rep built off exploitation of artists, whilst putting out sub par sugary rubbish and tacky merchandise.

    • Dennis J. Pechavar

      But, but the feels! That being said Disney has been subpar for quite some time. Time to put in the original Tron and get back that love.

      • Spacefrisian

        I remember when disney pulled the plug on one of there longest running marvel games on facebook, Marvel avenger alliance, it had apretty big following at that time.

      • benn grimm

        Walt assembled an amazing team, invested in technology, did some amazing things for animation, including convincing the world that 2d longform was viable and putting out some real classics. But he also ripped them off (the dream exam), displayed an incredibly archaic attitude towards worker rights and took way too much credit. Nowadays they seem to still rip off artists, are still archaic, but don’t put out good films or do anything particularly interesting. I really struggle to see the point in them existing. Apart from the obvious. Kerr-ching! 😉

    • davepak

      um, thats because those “free” sites are pirate sites.

      • Me

        Not all of them – Crackle for instance.

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  • miniwar monger

    Thats the Spirit ! Arrrrr

  • mac40k

    Part of the problem is Netflix and Hulu started out as content aggregators/distributors but have since decided they want to be content creators as well. Netflix’s goal was to be 50% original content by this year. It’s not surprising that some other content providers now look on them more as competitors rather than distributors, especially since they aggressively promote their original content. While I agree that the market can’t support 100’s of niche services, I think the bigger companies think they can get away with having their own service (and premium prices) based on their brand alone.

  • davepak

    I think this is a bad idea. This sums it up right here;
    “There’s a limit to how many $15 a month TV subscriptions services one can afford to pay for,”

    Not afford, but “willing”.

    yeah, sure, will miss some of the content – but right now, have more than I can already watch.

    The kids are happy with peppa pig and other kids channels on youtube.

  • rtheom

    Agreed with most folks here. Netflix has my subscription right now because they were one of the first, but if it keeps splitting out like this, I’ll just forgo the subscriptions entirely. The internet has enough free stuff out there and I’m not particularly picky about it.

  • Me

    Considering the amount of content they own vs what services like Hulu and Netflix have to offer, I really hope they charge less than $15/mo.

  • euansmith

    I’d better get around to watching “Minions” then before it drops off the Netflix menu.

    • Critic

      Minions isn’t Disney….

      • euansmith

        Or right you are; Universal. I just assumed that, because it was funny CGI it must be Pixar.

  • Eddie

    People wanted a la carte offering because they didn’t want to pay $100 a month for tons of channels they never watch. These new services are going to finally offer them that option to pick and choose what they want, but they are jacking up the price for each offering. Now instead of getting the handful of channels you want for much less, you will get those dozen but more than likely still pay $100 per month.

    • euansmith

      I wouldn’t mind a service like Blinkbox, but offering stuff on its release date, and at around £1.50 per show.

  • Douglas Burton

    Its moves like this that ended up hurting the record industry. We had records and cassettes in the 80’s and then along comes cds. But hey, lets charge 3x the price for a cd when cost to produce it was actually less than a cassette tape. People were screaming for something more viable and along comes Napster. I think people got tired of buying and rebuying the same stuff just in a different format but at an increased price. With movies you get vhs, then laserdisc, then dvd then bluray and now 4k. Netflix comes along and people jump on since you can stream movies at a low cost. Now the movie industry comes on board once again and tries to monetize their product even more. Its going to drive more and more people to pirating.

  • Breaker

    I’m thankful. When the partnership was announced, I was afraid Disney was going to consume yet another good thing and mess it up lol