If Netflix is your main source of streaming, we have some sad news. When the streaming service's deal with Disney expires in 2019, two more popular film franchises will go with it.
To recap: Early in August, Disney announced that they will be launching their own streaming service in 2019, and effectively ending their contract with Netflix when that launches. Netflix had only been Disney's exclusive streaming partner for less than a year before the company decided to offer their own online distribution, and the realization that all our childhood and recent favorites would be departing has only begun to sink in (watch Moana and Mulan while you can, folks).
Now, while it wasn't clear in August, Disney CEO Bob Iger delivered the news this week that yes, both Star Wars and Marvel pictures would be leaving Netflix as well. Deadline reports that Iger told investors that "we're going to launch big, and we're going to launch hot" by late 2019, "including the entire output of the studio — animation, live action and Disney including Pixar, Star Wars and all of the Marvel films."
Though we're a little miffed at the thought of having to manage yet another subscription, Disney's content plans sound pretty impressive. According to Deadline:
There'll be four or five original Disney-branded films made exclusively for the online service, as well as four-to-five original Disney-branded TV series. The app will also have Disney's film library of nearly 500 films, and 7,000 episodes from the TV library. The CEO expects to have "thousands" of shorts and "will produce more original short-form content" for it.
Pricing details are still unclear for the new Disney streaming service, but it will be ad free, like Netflix, while its sister service for streaming ESPN will have ads, like Hulu.
h/t Hello Giggles