Beginning in September, there will be only one place to stream the likes of Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, Finding Dory, or Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Netflix.
Netflix and Disney struck a deal way back in 2012 for exclusive pay TV rights for all Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and LucasFilm movies released from 2016 onward. That deal finally takes effect beginning in September of this year.
Prior to the unprecedented agreement, Netflix would have to wait until after networks like HBO or Starz had their own exclusivity windows. That typically came well after a movie’s Blu-ray/DVD release, meaning Netflix subscribers would have to put up with huge, often seemingly random wait periods before they could watch the latest animated Pixar masterpiece of Marvel superhero extravaganza. With this new deal, not only will the streaming service get first-look at all the films from these companies, they’ll get the only look.
Until Netflix’s first-run TV window expires, HBO, Hulu, Amazon, and all other streaming or pay services will be blanked my Disney-owned properties. The deal won’t affect movies released prior to January 1st, 2016, but for things like Civil War, The BFG, and Alice Through the Looking Glass, Netflix will be the one and only place to stream.
“From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar,” Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos said in a blog post. He also revealed that the original Jurassic Park trilogy will hit the service in June, as will Spotlight. The Big Short, Tallulah, and the Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon franchises will be available in July, while The Fast & The Furious and the anticipated animated adaptation of The Little Prince will hit in August.
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