As if it didn’t already have enough muscle in Hollywood, The Walt Disney Company – owners of Marvel Studios, Pixar, the Star Wars franchise and more – is preparing to launch its own streaming service in 2019.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Disney will be pulling its movies from Netflix to do so, in what CEO Bob Iger called “a strategic shift in the way we distribute our content”. Details were still sketchy on Tuesday (August 8), but Iger said that if a movie is Pixar- or Disney-branded, it will probably appear exclusively on the new service. But this may not apply to Marvel and Star Wars films.
By THR’s reckoning, this could mean that the upcoming Frozen 2 would be available for streaming exclusively on the new service while Star Wars: Episode IX presumably would not. It’s also worth noting that the company owns a stake in Hulu and has a multiyear deal – which is not affected by the new move – putting Mulan, Pocahontas and more on Hulu.
Congrats, Disney. Your plans for world domination are right on track.