But will we miss them?
Honestly, I’ve never been a fan of the way Disney metes out its movies. When my kids were young there was always some scam going that made it impossible to get your hands on most of their classic kids’ movies during the years your child was interested. While they now have considerable content available via Netflix Streaming, it’s still spotty and unpredictable. And Disney announced in August that the two companies are parting ways altogether.
Beginning in 2019 Disney will have its own streaming service, and that will be the only place you will be able to find Disney and Pixar films – both animated and live action. Existing contracts with Netflix will remain through their expiration dates. It will be interesting to see how they disentangle themselves from Netflix Original Marvel series like Jessica Jones. It will also be interesting to see if the market can bear yet another streaming service. I know that I already pay for Netflix and Amazon Prime and will be unwilling to fork over for a third – especially one that’s all Disney and ESPN (yes, I know – it’s weird).
I will miss the Marvel live action movies, but if I don’t see them in the theater I’ll use my Netflix DVD subscription to rent them. I don’t have little kids anymore, so I won’t miss their animated stuff (yeah, I know, lots of adults like those too, I’m just not one of them). Honestly, none of the other Disney content currently available on Netflix Streaming holds any interest for me at all. I’ve either seen it in another format or I don’t care to see it at all.
Do I Just Hate Disney?
No, not really. My kids loved the animated movies (at least those that were available) when they were little. And I love the Marvel Universe movies. And then of course there’s Pirates of the Caribbean (the first couple, at least). There’s a lot more, too. Never Cry Wolf, McFarland USA, Holes, and amazing classics like Mary Poppins. But for me, it isn’t enough, and I have no interest in the ESPN content. There’s just SO MUCH out there that I want my streaming services to be more diverse, and offer more than one studio’s voice.
So what do you think? Is this a good move by Disney? Will it hurt Netflix? Is this new streaming service something you think you’ll be interested in? Is 2019 just to far away to care?