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There would be hardly a soul out there who doesn't love grabbing a bag of Smith's, switching on Netflix, heading straight to the Disney section and strapping in the for the long haul.
Heck, we bet there's a good handful of you who have the streaming service solely for their range of Disney movies.
Well, we're sorry to be the bearers of bad news, but Disney has just announced that they're planning to have all their movies taken down from Netflix.
This decision comes after the House of Mouse made plans to kick off their own streaming service by 2019.
The press release which was posted to Walt Disney's official website states that Disney's new streaming service will become the go-to for video-on-demand in the US.
"The new Disney-branded service will become the exclusive home in the U.S. for subscription-video-on-demand viewing of the newest live action and animated movies from Disney and Pixar, beginning with the 2019 theatrical slate, which includes Toy Story 4, the sequel to Frozen, and The Lion King from Disney live-action, along with other highly anticipated movies. Disney will also make a significant investment in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the service. Additionally, the service will feature a vast collection of library content, including Disney and Pixar movies and Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD television programming.
"With this strategic shift, Disney will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate."
Scoopla reached out to Netflix Australia to see if this decision will be rolled out globally, and while they couldn't give too much away, they were able to confirm that no changes will take effect until 2018/2019.
“US Netflix members will have access to Disney films on the service through end of 2019, including all new films that are shown theatrically through the end of 2018. We continue to do business with the Walt Disney Company globally on many fronts, including our ongoing relationship with Marvel TV,” they told Scoopla.
At least we will have a good couple of years to binge watch until our eyes dry out!