Disney already has an exclusive relationship with Netflix (you can stream both Fantasias, but you can’t get them on disk), but they don’t show enough of the cable they do have– Still stuck on S2 of the Dopey Snacking Fratboy Avengers, and have yet to see a streamed episode of Guardians. Still, it’s nice to have a subscription service ANY studio will still send content too, while the others sink into original programming and obscurity.
And Netflix is still seen as the “orphanage” dump for any project real studios or cable channels don’t really want (like the Adam Sandler movie Sony didn’t want and the Little Prince movie Paramount dumped). We only got Daredevil not because it was “exploring the new frontier of streaming”, but because Disney/Marvel had no place for it in the MCU’s Avenger phases but had to put it somewhere.
The Disney film content on Netflix will get better beginning this year, as Netflix US will have exclusive pay TV rights to all Disney films theatrically released between 2016 and 2018. That means films like “Zootopia” and “Captain America: Civil War” will be on Netflix three to six months after the BD is released.
As for TV content, Netflix has the past seasons to almost all recent ABC Studios and Disney TV shows (Star Wars Rebels has yet to show up on Netflix though). It would be nice to see Disney produced Disney branded original content specifically for Netflix. But its unlikely. After all, it’s easier to put new Disney original content on Disney Channel, Disney XD, and possibly ABC (in limited circumstances).
They could have their own channel and call it Mouseflix. There, you can watch a whole catalogue of Disney and Pixar movies, whether it would be “Beauty and the Beast” or “The Incredibles,” or something by Touchstone like “Dick Tracy.” You can even have all the Marvel and Star Wars to watch whenever, as well.
Plus, I’d go for some original programming. Sure Disney Channel and Disney XD might be getting a new “Duck Tales” show, but imagine the impact it might get online. Even an online platform might work to revive “Gravity Falls” or a reboot of Darkwing Duck. What do you think?
Personally, I’m still waiting for a Roger Rabbit series, and maybe an online platform will help that idea more.
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