Netflix has landed the deal of a lifetime.
Starting this fall, Netflix will be the only online streaming service providing access to Disney, Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm films such as The Jungle Book, Captain America: Civil War, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Finding Dory, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
The deal was actually made back in 2012 between Netflix and Disney in which they decided that Netflix would have exclusive streaming rights to not just some but all of the Disney movies released starting in 2016.
This means that we can look forward to any and all Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Lucasfilm movies released after January 1, 2016 on Netflix.
Until now, Netflix has had to wait until other services and networks had their turns with any Pixar animated films or Marvel superhero blockbusters due to previous arrangements. Typically this wait period would last a very long time and often it was easier for impatient subscribers to go buy the film on DVD or Blueray than wait who knows how long for Netflix to upload it to their service.
But this new deal means the Netflix will not just get the first dibs on any and all Disney and Disney affiliate films, they get the get exclusive rights.
Netflix’s head of content, Ted Sarandos made the announcement on Netflix’s blog page. “From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar. And we’re excited to be bringing you new and exclusive Netflix Original movies including Mascots from the master of low-key comedy Christopher Guest (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind) and War Machine, from acclaimed Australian director David Michod and starring Brad Pitt, in the serio-comic tale of the U.S. military adventure in Afghanistan.”
While we will have to wait a few months to see any of the newer Disney films on Netflix, this summer we can look forward to some classics being added to the streaming service. In June, Netflix is adding the original Jurassic Park trilogy as well as the academy award winning Spotlight. In July they will add all of the Back to the Future and Lethal Weapon films. And in August Netflix will premiere The Little Prince after Paramount Pictures dropper the project before its original March 18 premiere.