Get your Marvel, Star Wars fill now. In 2019, they’ll move exclusive to Disney streaming


Marvel and Star Wars titles will be streamed exclusively on the new Disney streaming platform when it launches in late 2019, according to Disney CEO Bob Iger.

“I have described a very rich, treasure trove of content for this app,” Iger said at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in Los Angeles on Thursday. “We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot.”

This is a chess move. More than anything else, it will impact Netflix, who have made waves with Marvel series such as Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones. Presumably, Netflix will lose the rights to carry these series once the Disney platform goes live in 2019.

It’d be interesting to see if Apple can make a deal with Disney to carry the Disney stream on Apple TV. After all, Apple has long had a historically close relationship with Disney, with Steve Jobs as the funder of Pixar and, before his death, as one of Disney’s largest shareholders.

[Side note: Even with the recent sale of half her Disney stock, Laurene Powell Jobs still owns a hefty chunk of the company.]

  • I’m not getting subscriptions for every single service use to get access to content, this is super annoying. I’ll just not watch stuff I can’t get via iTunes anymore.

  • Caleb Hightower

    As a consumer/watcher/binger/ I’d prefer some kind of discounted bundle that allows me to choose which content streams are best for me. Hulu, but more customizable, like 5 channels for $10/mo; 10 channels for $15/mo. Hopefully, Apple can hit a home run on this one and offer what we all want, a one-stop shop (Apple TV) for all our content—one device, one remote, one bill, 4K, etc.

    And you know its just a matter of time before ISPs start charging premiums for the extra bandwidth these services require. $5/mo. extra for Netflix 4K.

    • GlennC777

      I wish. I’m pretty sure the studios, etc. are way too wary of Apple to let them have any sort of special deal. If anything they’ll let Apple in the door after everybody else is comfortably ensconced.

  • Kip Beatty

    It made absolutely no sense that they’d launch a streaming service and not keep their Crown Jewels for themselves.

  • JimCracky

    As a consumer, you’d be foolish to think that the cable cabal would not get their dough. So, as you cut the cord, realize that everything you want a la carte will bill delivered a la through-the-nose.

    Any other scenario is implausible.

    • Kip Beatty

      Yes, that was always the warning. You think the cable package was expensive? Wait until you have subscribe directly to a dozen different sources to get all the content you want.

      I disagree that it’s the cable cabal. They’re getting dinged when you drop them. It’s Warner, Sony, Disney, et al that are going to get paid not matter which method of content sourcing you prefer.

  • bdkennedy11

    Steve Jobs was not the founder of Pixar. He discovered it and threw money into it.

  • Peter Hewson

    Any Netflix produced Marvel content, i.e. Daredevil, JJ, Luke Cage will remain exclusive to Netflix. They licensed it and control it.

    • rick gregory

      This. Come on Dave to only are you days late to this story, you failed got even google for 5 minutes to find out about the Netflix+marvel series.

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  • Mo

    Damn it. Marvel series like Jessica Jones was one of the reasons we got Netflix in the first place. And thank crap we just finished watching Clone Wars.

    • Billy Razzle

      You still have two years of the current Netflix deal anyway.

      • Mo

        Sure, I know that now. But for a few days they were still flashing that “this content expires on September 7” or whatever. You should’ve seen us binging on that goddamn cartoon these past couple of weeks.

        Granted, it got very good in its last two seasons, but FFS.

  • This may change in the future, but AFAIK, this only effects the USA. Disney isn’t planning on a worldwide thing and Netflix will continue to carry their content everywhere else.

    Maybe we will see Americans using a VPN to access their Netflix via Australia to get all the stuff they are missing out on LOL

    • Mo

      VPNs cost money, too.

  • I read elsewhere that Netflix original series will not be going anywhere.

  • The Cappy

    It’s an interesting situation, because Netflix has become very good at churning out compelling shows, which enhance the value of the Marvel IP. Disney has surely thought about this a lot. Let’s hope they’re not making a mistake.