Fans of Disney rejoice: the Walt Disney Company is launching two Netflix-like streaming services!
Disney announced the news on Tuesday in a press release as part of its post-Netflix plans; the company’s current partnership with Netflix comes to an end in 2019.
The streaming services will be made possible by Disney’s acquisition of BAMTech, a technology company responsible for powering the streaming services of WWE and HBO among others.
As you may or may not know, Disney owns a number of other media companies including ESPN, Marvel Entertainment, Lucas Film and of course, Pixar.
As a result, Disney has decided to launch two streaming services in order to ensure it’s capitalising on its wide selection of video content.
A report from The New York Times reveals that one of the streaming platforms will be an ESPN-branded offering dedicated to covering regional and professional sports, and will launch next year.
The second streaming service will likely be the bigger draw of the two as it will feature Disney’s extensive back catalogue of Disney and Pixar live-action and animated films.
The second streaming service will also feature content from Disney’s various TV channels like Disney XD and Disney Junior, so Disney fans will be absolutely spoilt for choice when the service launches in 2019.
‘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.’
There’s been no word yet as to whether the second service will stream content from Marvel Entertainment or Lucas Film; Disney’s current partnership with Netflix includes Star Wars films and TV shows plus original Marvel Entertainment programs such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones.