There are a lot of differences between Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+, and Netflix, and they go beyond just the simple fact that Disney+ will have Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic content, and Netflix won’t. Netflix users are used to the streaming service’s rotating slate of licensed content that comes and goes with the months and seasons, but this won’t be the norm for Disney+.
Disney+ sounds pretty great. With such a massive amount of films, TV series, and original content coming to the platform — and with other streaming services on the market — who would want to pay for cable TV channels when there’s so much available on the streaming market?
When Disney+ launches next week on November 12, subscribers will be able to access a huge library of content, from hundreds of movies we know and love to television shows from our childhoods to even original content that Disney has been promoting for months. But when the service launches, there’s going to be one major difference between Disney+ and Netflix. Netflix — as well as Hulu and Amazon Video — has a model in which it employs a rotating schedule of licensed content that is added and removed as the months go by.
But with Disney+, on the other hand, everything on the streaming platform will be content owned by The Walt Disney Company. And for the foreseeable future, there won’t be any licensed content available on the service.
“There will not be a ‘rotating slate’ of licensed movies each month,” a Disney+ spokesperson confirmed with Comicbook. “With Disney+, beloved classics from the Disney vault will now stream in a permanent home, including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, Cinderella, The Jungle Book, The Little Mermaid, and The Lion King – the entire thirteen film Signature Collection – all available on day one.”
So naturally, Disney+ won’t be adding licensed content to its streaming service. Why would it? Disney has a gold mine of content to share with Disney+ subscribers, and many of us are so excited about the classic movies and shows we love to finally be easily accessible with a low-cost monthly subscription.
But just because Disney+ won’t be adding licensed content to its library doesn’t mean that services like Netflix won’t continue to. And actually, the model that Netflix’s platform has might end up hurting Disney. It’s being reported that in just a few years, some Disney titles will be available for streaming on Netflix due to a prior deal The Walt Disney Company had with the (now competitor) streaming service. Comicbook didn’t confirm this in their talks with Disney, but you can read all about the Disney-Netflix drama here.
Either way, Disney+ subscribes will have hours upon hours of content available at their fingertips. The platform will have 640 titles and counting when it debuts on November 12, and it doesn’t seem like that number will decrease anytime soon.
The Disney spokesperson added to their statement to Comicbook, “Disney+ has the unique position of having a deep library of high-quality content across multiple premium brands, as well as a robust pipeline from its own internal film and TV studios.”
Want to see everything coming soon to Disney+, from Star Wars and Marvel movies to original live-action and animated series and all the exclusive content you can’t watch anywhere else? Check out our list of everything coming soon to Disney+.
What do you think of Disney’s choice not to add licensed content to its Disney+ lineup? Do you like the Disney streaming service model or do you prefer how Netflix rotates titles? Let us know your take in the comments.