If you were confused about all the different streaming services out there before, you’re undoubtedly even more confused now that Disney has announced it’s stopping its deal with Netflix in order to start not one, but two new streaming services of its own.
How many streaming services do we need, anyhow?
Regardless, the news has left all of us here in Canada wondering what exactly that means for the Disney shows and movies we’re currently watching — especially that family friendly fare we’ve come to rely on when the kiddies get a little unruly. Well, here’s the good news: according to our sources at Netflix Canada, this deal won’t actually affect us up North. Not yet, anyhow.
When Disney pulls out of its U.S. Netflix deal in 2019, all new movies will become exclusive to specific ABC platforms (which are currently in the process of being created). In Canada, however, those new properties are expected to keep coming to Netflix, and the movies that are already on the platform will also continue to stream here.
“U.S. Netflix members will have access to Disney films on the service through the end of 2019, including all new films that are shown theatrically through the end of 2018,” Netflix said in a statement yesterday. “We continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company globally on many fronts, including our ongoing relationship with Marvel TV.”
In other words, it’s status quo up here in the great white north, a fact that Netflix Canada was able to confirm.
“The 2019 Disney film loss will be U.S. only and won’t have any impact on whatever Disney movies Netflix may have under separate deals in international markets, including Canada,” representatives for the company confirmed.
Of course, Disney is taking a bit of a different stance on the subject, and doesn’t want to confirm anything just yet. When Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger was asked on an earnings call what the international impact of Disney cutting the cord with Netflix was, he confirmed that their new streaming service rollout would indeed be coming to other countries… at some point.
“We’ll also roll out the service in multiple markets outside the United States, but it will vary from market to market based on existing distribution agreements and different market dynamics,” he said.
So what’s the bottom line? Basically it looks like we can all breathe a collective sigh of relief for the time being, because Disney on Netflix Canada is here to stay. But considering how many properties Disney now owns (between Marvel, the actual Disney films and even the Star Wars franchise), we can’t blame people for freaking out.
Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.