Don’t get too used to be being able to jump on Netflix and watch the latest films from Disney. After securing a deal with the streaming platform back in 2012 that just started to take effect last year, allowing Netflix to show the studio’s films before they appeared on cable, Disney is already calling an end to the deal.
According to Variety, Disney is buying a majority ownership of the Major League Baseball created video division BAMTech and will use this to create their own streaming services. The plan is for an ESPN multi-sport streaming service to arrive in early 2018 followed by a Disney branded streaming service to arrive in 2019, both powered by BAMTech.
Disney’s deal with Netflix will end with the start of 2019 meaning the streaming service will not gain any of the Disney movies released after that point.
This is likely to be a huge blow for Netflix as they had just begun to gain the benefits of being an exclusive home to films under the Disney, Lucasfilm, Pixar, Marvel and other banners that belong to the house of mouse.
With CBS, Warner Bros., Disney and other all starting to create their own streaming services the field is beginning to become very crowded as Netflix, Hulu and Amazon still try to hold onto their control.
Originally many saw streaming as the answer to the large cost that comes with cable & satellite, but with each company now sectioning their content off on their own platform it’s bound to become increasingly difficult for customers to be able to afford all the platforms they would like for the shows they enjoy. More than likely many will end up just choosing the platform that gives them the most of what they want and have to sacrifice the others.