On Tuesday, August 8, 2017, Walt Disney Co. announced that they will launch their own streaming services ‒ one for films and TV and one for sports.
The sports one, set for 2018, is an ESPN service that is expected to include 10,000 sports events, including Major League Baseball games. The one for Disney movies and TV is set for 2019 and will include original content developed by Walt Disney Studios.
In addition to their own streaming services, Disney announced that the company will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for new movies beginning in 2019. The Disney branded service will include exclusive film and TV shows, which could include titles from Marvel Entertainment, Lucasfilm, and Pixar Animation Studios in addition to their staple of titles.
Currently, Disney’s Marvel Studios shows like Daredevil and Jessica Jones will still be available on Netflix.
The changing landscape of entertainment consumption has been going through many changes since streaming became an option. Some media companies have launched streaming services, including HBO, CBS, Starz, and Showtime; while Amazon and other streamers have been exploring live TV options, including sports programs.
This move by Disney, however, is sure to be one of the biggest game changers.