This new agreement will allow Netflix viewers to pay an extra fee to watch new films. “Disney movies will become available to stream from Netflix seven to nine months after they are first shown in theaters. A Netflix spokesman said that time frame is “accelerated” compared with when Starz currently gets new releases.” This news is a major game player blow to Starz and Disney who joined up previously and included Pixar and Marvel. Disney has also given Netflix the immediate non-exclusive streaming right to many of its older library with such films as Dumbo, Alice in Wonderland, and many other classics.
“Starz will continue to be the exclusive home of all Disney movies, including the Lucasfilm, Marvel and Pixar releases, and their accompanying digital streaming rights, into 2017,” the company said in a statement. “Our decision not to extend the agreement for Disney output past that time allows us the opportunity to implement our plan to dramatically ramp up our investment in exclusive, premium-quality original series which will best meet the needs of our distributors and subscribers.”