In 2015, the leading video on demand service Neflix had announced that it will be launching on 31 March in Australia and New Zealand along with a lineup of several Disney shows. Now, following up with their massive deal with Disney that fell way back in 2012, Netflix announced that starting September, it will stream all Disney films.
Along with Disney films, Netflix will also get the permission to stream Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm titles as they are owned by Disney. These films will also be made available on other paid TV networks but later on. However, that’s still after the Blu-ray and digital releases, but it’s sooner than the long and often unpredictable wait that Netflix customers had to put up with before. The movies that are included in the agreement are the ones that Disney has released theatrically in 2016 and beyond, for which Netflix is reportedly paying hundreds of millions per year.
The deal is a double win for Netflix – it blocks subscription networks like HBO and Starz from showing the hits exclusively, but also keeps them off Amazon Prime, Hulu, and other streaming services.
Netflix shares its excitement on their new blog post, “From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and Pixar,” said Netflix’s content boss, Ted Sarandos.
Netflix also revealed several other titles which will be live on the service June onwards, including Spotlight, The Little Prince (a stunning animated film based on the beloved children’s book), The Fast and The Furious.
With Disney’s recent releases coming into the picture, Netflix is bound to give a tough time to it’s competing pay TV channels not only because of the varied content but also because of its exclusive availability on Netflix.