According to Bloomberg, Disney will have two streaming services, one for their ESPN sport channel and another for Disney and Pixar licenses. The ESPN-related service will debut in 2018 while the entertainment platform will launch in the following year.
Neither Netflix or Disney have confirmed whether Marvel and Star Wars films will be leaving the service, and it’s unclear whether this will extend to the Australian Netflix market. We’ve reached out to Netflix Australia and will update this story should they reply.
“U.S. Netflix members will have access to Disney films on the service through the end of 2019, including all new films that are shown theatrically through the end of 2018,” read a statement from Los Gatos, the California-based Netflix team. “We [will] continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company on many fronts, including our ongoing relationship with Marvel TV.”
“Our direct-to-consumer services mark an entirely new growth strategy for the company, one that takes advantage of the incredible opportunity that changing technology provides us to leverage the strength of our great brands,” said Executive Chief Producer at Disney, Robert Iger.
Over the past five years, Netflix has established itself as both a producer and distributor, determined to develop original content alongside streaming. Last week, the service announced it would be bringing twelve new anime series to the platform over the next year.
Over the past few years, Disney has acquired Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and recently began developing a video game series co-produced by IGN called Disney XP. Disney confirmed their film release schedule for the next year at the official Disney convention D23 Expo - including Coco, The Incredibles 2, Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, as well as the first Pixar world in Kingdom Hearts 3.
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