Back in 2012, Netflix announced that it had struck a deal with Disney in order to bag them first-run rights to stream the latter company's live-action and animated films. Now four years on, we've finally been given an indication as to when that deal will start to come into fruition; September 2016.
From then, Netflix will officially become the exclusive US pay-TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel and Pixar, as well as a number of Walt Disney Classic Animations, broadcasts shown on Disneynature and Lucasfilm, beginning with 2016 releases.
With that system in place, just with recent releases alone, that roster will soon include Captain America: Civil War, Zootropolis and The Jungle Book, as well as Finding Dory, Doctor Strange and Rogue One towards the end of the year during that first pay TV time period, which occurs after the Digital, Blu-ray, and DVD releases.
If the deal holds up until then it will only be a matter of time before Star Wars: Episode VIII and Indiana Jones 5 makes its way on to the streaming service too.
Both brands also announced back in 2012 that Netflix will give its user access to selections from the extensive Disney catalogue such as Dumbo, Alice In Wonderland and Pocahontas as part of a multi-year deal. All of these arrangements certainly seem logical given the growing relationship between the two entertainment companies and their developing trust in one another.
Netflix is already home to Marvel's Daredevil, Jessica Jones and is soon to stream follow-up series Luke Cage, Iron Fist and eventually The Defenders. In addition to that, the platform has already acted as host to Disney's direct-to-home-release options beginning in 2013.
Striking up deals that concentrate on what they can have streaming rights to hasn't been Netflix's only concern over the last few years. The service has also been spending billions expanding their more original content too, most recently picking up the rights to Frank Grillo-led action adventure Wheelman and Brad Pitt's upcoming satirical comedy War Machine.
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