Netflix is in talks with Disney to keep streaming rights to Marvel and Star Wars movies

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Netflix is trying to keep Marvel and Star Wars movies on its service after its distribution deal with Disney ends in 2019. Netflix’s chief content officer Ted Sarandos told Reuters that the company was “still in active discussions” with Disney to hold on to the rights to stream certain franchises. Meanwhile, Disney CEO Bob Iger has said there’s no distribution plan in place currently for Lucasfilm or Marvel Studios, according to Reuters.

Earlier this week, Disney announced that it was going to end its distribution deal with Netflix — a deal that was made in 2012, but only took effect last year. The deal will end in 2019, when Disney intends to launch its own streaming service, featuring upcoming movies like Toy Story 4 and the Frozen sequel.

As the timeline stands right now, Netflix should have the rights to the first and second installments in the Star Wars trilogy (The Last Jedi is set to come out at the end of 2017) but not the third installment, which is set to come out in the winter of 2019.

Having the final installment of that trilogy would be a big get for Netflix, but if Netflix wants to eventually become a massive studio with diverse content that it has exclusive control over, its long-term plan will be more about creating original content than hosting already popular franchises.

Apparently Netflix expected this Disney splintering eventually. Sarandos told Reuters, “That's why we got into the originals business five years ago.”

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I would rather Netflix go after Disney’s CrossGen property. Make an animated series (budget reason) for that universe.

As the timeline stands right now, Netflix should have the rights to the first and second installments in the Star Wars trilogy (The Last Jedi is set to come out at the end of 2017) but not the third installment, which is set to come out in the winter of 2019.

The first installment came out in 2015, so that’s part of the Starz deal Disney used to have before Netflix.

That’s OK. If I can’t get what I want on Netflix, I can still stream it for free off of the Internet. If Disney wants to cut off Netflix, then they will just lose a lot of money from a lot of viewers because I, for one, am not going to pay Disney’s exorbitant prices for a special Disney streaming service. It seems every company and their little dog too thinks people are going to pay for their streaming service. Well, sorry, my budget is only so big for streaming services, and if I can’t get what I’m looking for by paying for it on the services I have now, I will get it from the Internet without paying for it.
So, go ahead Disney, make a stupid, greedy decision. See where it gets you.

you don’t have kids, do you?

BS. The statement to Reuters’ is just trying to reduce the short term hit to their share price by making out a possibility they they’ll hold on to Disney content. Disney will know their service will tank of their best content is still on Netflix so there’s no chance of this

I wonder if that gamble pays off for Disney. I use Netflix mainly because it makes it easy to find stuff, as it has a lot of content in one place. If they now split it up again, I might just go back to other sites that have all the content in one place…

Also, how much content does Disney really have to make a subscription a reasonable investment?

Between their movie and network content. Quite a bit.

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