Disney vs. Netflix: The Streaming Competition
In August of 2017, Disney’s then untitled streaming service was announced. Immediately, discussion regarding Disney and Netflix and their inevitable streaming wars began. Since then, many more streaming services have been announced including Apple TV+, NBC’s Peacock and HBO Max. After the original announcement from Disney, I wrote an article on my personal blog about what I would like to see from Disney+ and since the streaming service is now only 10 days away, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at that article from 2017. Much of it still applies and it will be interesting to see how Netflix, Disney+, and its competitors handle all of the new streaming services that will be available in the next few years:
As of Aug. 10, 2017, there are 94 movies currently available to stream on Netflix. However this last week, Disney announced that by 2019, all of the Disney movies will move off of Netflix and onto a brand new streaming platform that is exclusively Disney. What does this mean for consumers like us?
The problem with Netflix losing these films means that they will most likely be losing customers as well. Some people view Disney content on Netflix so heavily, that it will be a better bang for their buck to move over to a Disney-only streaming service. However, Bob Iger and friends over at Disney have not said much about what this new service entails.
Here are my thoughts and suggestions:
- This could be a great opportunity to introduce young people to the original cartoon shorts. Many kids watch the Disney channel and see the current shows, but what about the original Mickey Mouse shorts? My research shows me that there is no platform that offers the ability to watch these cartoons that Walt himself had a hand in creating.
- There are a multitude of Disney live-action classics that are not watched anymore, that really should be. Films like Old Yeller, Swiss Family Robinson, and Treasure Island, all much loved films by people of a different generation, have been all-but forgotten by kids and parents of the 21st century. This is due largely to Disney not including them in their marketing anymore. For instance the only way to find Blu-ray copies of the films listed above is exclusively through the Disney Movie Club. While this is good news for hardcore Disney fans, many kids of this generation don’t get to see them because Disney isn’t spending time marketing them anymore. A new streaming service would be the perfect opportunity to give these films the life they deserve.
- Bob Iger, get rid of the Disney vault! A whole blog post could be written about the vault, however with streaming taking over the home video market, it is really time for the Disney vault to go and make the movies always available as part of the streaming package.
- Now, that Disney owns practically everything (Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and the Muppets, to name a few), there are so many films that could be included in this streaming site. So my question is: how many Disney movies will actually be included? If they make it a streaming version of Disney Movies Anywhere, I am all in. However if they only put up some of their films, as they do currently with Netflix, I might be a little less inclined to sign up. I am curious to see the direction they go in with this new business opportunity.
For more information and/or to sign-up early to Disney+, visit disneyplus.com.