Disney pulling content from Netflix — here comes Disneyflix!

❝ Disney is parting ways with Netflix…The company said that it will end its partnership with the streaming service in 2019.

Disney also announced it will launch its own streaming services…

❝ To that end, Disney is paying $1.58 billion for majority ownership of BAMTech…

Last August, Disney acquired a 33% stake in that company, which is a spinoff from Major League Baseball Advanced Media, for $1 billion.

Disney said it will launch an ESPN-branded streaming service in 2018, and a separate Disney-branded streaming service in 2019.

❝ The Disney service will be the only place where U.S. viewers can watch new live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, including “Toy Story 4,” the “Frozen” sequel and “The Lion King” live-action movie. It will also feature content from the Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD.

The ESPN-branded sports service will offer about 10,000 events a year, including live programming with regional, national and international games.

Cord-cutting is getting more interesting by the month.

2 thoughts on “Disney pulling content from Netflix — here comes Disneyflix!

  1. Kodak moment says:

    Cannes vs. Netflix Defines Fight for Cinema’s Future (Variety 4/19/18) http://variety.com/2018/voices/columns/cannes-netflix-fight-1202756317/
    “The Inside Story of Orson Welles’s Last Movie : After nearly 50 years, The Other Side of the Wind was finally finished and set to premiere this month at Cannes, until the ill-fated opus hit yet another hurdle.” (Vanity Fair 5/4/18) https://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2018/05/the-inside-story-of-orson-welles-last-movie

  2. Stay tuned says:

    “Netflix could be a surprise winner in Comcast and Disney’s bidding war for Fox” https://qz.com/1305545/how-netflix-could-be-a-surprise-winner-in-comcast-and-disneys-bidding-war-for-fox/
    Comcast offered $65 billion in cash [!] for Fox yesterday, topping Disney’s earlier $52 billion stock offer. Disney will likely counter, which could start a bidding war. …If Disney wins all, it would control about 40% of the box office, more than a dozen of the top US TV networks, and one of Netflix’s top US rivals, Hulu. (Disney and Comcast each own 30% of Hulu. Turner, soon to be in the hands of AT&T, owns the remaining 10%.) That’s a lot of content it could withhold from Netflix and use to prop up its competitors. Disney is ending its deal to send its new movies to Netflix in 2019, in preparation for its streaming service’s launch. And Netflix has been poaching creators from Disney, Fox, and elsewhere, signing them to long-term deals to shore up its own content pipeline. Meanwhile, Comcast’s entertainment arm, NBCUniversal, had been in early talks to start a streaming service with Warner Bros.—also soon to be owned by AT&T – which might not happen if Comcast buys Fox. Comcast, which would then gain the majority stake in Hulu, could also become a major streaming player down the line; it already sells a live-TV streaming service, Xfinity Stream, to broadband customers in some markets. But Disney’s standalone services are more immediate threats to Netflix because of the company’s breadth of TV and movies, and collection of popular franchises, like Star Wars, Marvel, and Pixar’s titles.

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