Disney’s deal to exclusively stream their content through Netflix is nearly in the implementation phase. Starting in September of this year, Netflix subscribers will be able to stream more Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Pixar, and Marvel Cinematic Universe films on the service than ever before.
Essentially what this means is that right after movies hit the shelves on DVD and Blu Ray, they will make their way to Netflix and will never make it to other streaming services as long as the deal is in place. The movies will be available exclusively to stream on Netflix for the same period of time that they would usually be shown on standard cable TV, so though the movies will eventually find their way to more traditional outlets, it will be an even longer wait than usual. The landmark deal didn’t come cheap though, as Netflix is reportedly paying hundreds of millions of dollars per year for the rights to all of Disney’s theatrical releases from 2016 and beyond. The deal is uniting two companies in the current media landscape who are enjoying success on a level that their competitors can only look at with envy and try to duplicate as best as possible.
Good news all around. This also means that whenever Star Wars television series is inevitably made, it should fit right in with Netflix’s library of original programming and Lucasfilm movies. There is a catch, however – this deal applies to movies that are made during or after 2016 (including Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Finding Dory, Doctor Strange, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, among others). Due to the deal that Disney has in place with Starz regarding films released before 2016, The Force Awakens will not be added to the streaming service for a while. Still, Disney’s library of movies will expand upon the service, and it’s likely that the digital releases of the Original Trilogy and Prequel Trilogy will be among them a little while after the new deal is established in September.