Emmalynn VanDyke – Reporter
If you Netflix to reminisce on your childhood by watching Disney movies, you better finish quickly. Disney has announced plans to remove its movies from the Netflix lineup and launch its own streaming service in 2019.
This announcement comes on the heels of Disney’s investment in BAMTech, a streaming and marketing company. Disney will first launch an ESPN content based streaming platform in 2018 then follow up with a Disney themed service in 2019.
Disney and Netflix have been partners since 2012. The current contract between Disney and Netflix ends in 2019 and grants Netflix permission to show old Disney movies and shows and any new Disney movie released through 2018.
Upcoming releases such as “Black Panther” and “The Incredibles 2” will still be shown on Netflix until that contract expires. However, films such as “Toy Story 4” and the sequel to “Frozen”, which are scheduled for a 2019 release, will be streamed for the first time on Disney’s new platform.
The new streaming service will feature all Disney and Pixar content, including television shows and movies. These shows will include those currently found on the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior.
Plans for Marvel and Star Wars content are not yet clear. Currently, plans state that Disney distributed Marvel movies will remain on Netflix. Announcements have not been made regarding Star Wars movies, which now fall under Disney’s ownership umbrella.
This change is likely to pull some business from Netflix, specifically from families with younger children who enjoy Disney’s shows and movies. However, because Netflix now develops its own content in addition to streaming other companies’ shows, major problems are not expected.
Customers have a little over a year to make a decision as to whether they will stick with Netflix alone, if they will join the mouse in his new house or if they will take advantage of the opportunities for even more content with both services.