What's Leaving Netflix
Disney owns 21st Century Fox, ABC, Star Wars, Marvel, Pixar, National Geographic, FX and so much more. Having recently acquired 21st Century for a staggering $71 Billion, Disney is looking strong.
If you go onto Netflix right now, you’ll probably find a few Disney-owned franchises available for streaming. But the move has definitely already begun. Disney is removing its movies from Netflix, moving them to Disney Plus as exclusives. This will be completed within the year.
Netflix is currently priced at $9 per month in the US, R99 for South Africans. It's reported that Disney Plus will cost $7 a month for the same basic package as offered by Netflix. There is no word on a South African price as of yet, as it's even reported South Africa is not part of the immediate roll-out for the streaming service that begins this November. But if these US comparisons are anything to go by, Disney Plus will come in cheaper per month.
This is extremely positive for Disney as it is also speculated that their movie and series offering will be massive. And all Disney movies released in 2019 will not release on Netflix at all. That includes big titles like Avengers: Endgame, The Lion King, Aladdin, and Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.
Knowing this, Disney says, " [their] service - in its first year - will include 25 original series, 10 original films and specials, 500 films and 7,500 episodes of current and past TV shows.” One original series coming to Disney Plus follows the story of the Avengers character, Hawkeye, played in the Marvel Cinematic Universe by Jeremy Renner.
Another original series, The Mandalorian, will be Star Wars’ first ever live-action television show. Taking place after the Empire but before the First Order, this tells the story of a Mandalorian gunfighter. A Rogue One-style Star Wars series will also be available on Disney Plus. There are also rumours of a live-action 'Lady and the Tramp' remake.
Disney Plus releases in the US this November 12th. Let's just hope they give SA some love sooner rather than later. It is also unclear how successful VPNs will be for Disney Plus in SA, as this is something used by many here to enjoy region-locked content available to America and Europe. Time will tell!