'Star Wars' And Marvel Films To Leave Netflix And Go To New Disney Streaming Service
After news broke that Disney would be starting its own streaming service (and pulling its titles from Netflix), talks began between the two companies about the fate of LucasFilm and Marvel titles. Disney announced Thursday it would officially move those titles to its streaming service, removing the entire franchise collections from Netflix.
Variety reports that Disney CEO Bob Iger ended speculation about the future of Star Wars and Marvel movies on Netflix. “We’ve now decided we will put the Marvel and ‘Star Wars’ movies on this app as well,” he said at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media’s communications and entertainment conference in Beverly Hills. He also said the company plans to launch the app by 2019. "We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot," Iger said, according to Deadline.
The company plans to release two streaming apps, which will be Disney's foray into direct-to-consumer services. One will be ad-free and feature Disney and Pixar properties; the other streaming service be ESPN-branded and will offer Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, Grand Slam tennis, and college sports. It will not be ad-free. Disney will produce films and television shows exclusively for the Disney/Pixar app.