Netflix to lose Disney shows

Luca Dickten, Opinions Editor

Binge watchers rejoice but also cry because Disney content will soon be taken off the streaming service of  industry leader Netflix and moved to the yet unnamed streaming for all Disney owned media.

The announcement comes as a surprise to most as Netflix has maintained a “good relationship” with Disney, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger. Netflix has only recently expanded its library with Disney owned content, such as “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” from Lucasfilm or Disney’s “Moana”.

But fans of the Marvel and Netflix TV shows like “Daredevil” and “Iron Fist” need not worry as Iger has said that these  titles will be kept on Netflix for the foreseeable future. 

These Marvel shows will be the only Disney content kept on Netflix as they are technically Netflix original shows.

The new Disney service doesn’t have a name, list of available content, specific release date, or set price at this time.

All we know is that content will be taken off Netflix in early 2018, with Disney’s service coming some time in 2019.

Disney has so far confirmed that upcoming films such as “Toy Story 4” and “Incredibles 2” will become available on its service and a limited amount of content from Disney subsidiaries will launch on the new platform. As Disney has hundreds of movies and TV shows in its catalog, the new service has room to grow.

Netflix responded to Disney’s plans by hiring hitmaker Shonda Rhimes of ABC, a subsidiary of Disney. Rhimes is responsible for shows such as “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy”. She has created some of ABC’s most successful shows, so her loss is troubling for Disney. 

Netflix also bought indie comic book publisher Millarworld, famous for titles such as “Kingsman: Secret Service” and “Kickass”.

The acquisition comes with the growing popularity of comic book adaptations and comic book giant Marvel moving off Netflix.

With the unknown cost of the new Disney service and the unconfirmed amount of content it will have, it’s impossible to say whether it will be successful.

But it being Disney content, it will show itself as a convenient one stop shop for some of the most iconic children’s and sci-fi movies of all time.