Disney splits from Netflix to start own streaming video service

Hot on the heels of a slew of celebrity splits, we have news of perhaps the most devestating one yet: Disney is leaving Netflix to start its own ESPN- and Disney-branded streaming video services in 2019.

The distribution deal between Disney and Netflix doesn’t end until 2019, but already has parents concerned about what this means for household budgets. After all, a recent survey of moms found many consider Netflix a lifesaving bit of technology—but for a lot of cord-cutting families, adding an additional video subscription isn’t ideal.

That means it may be a choice in some families between the latest season of Orange is the New Black and the forthcoming Frozen 2.

The Frozen sequel isn’t the only anticipated kids movie that will hit the Disney stream in 2019: It seems the live-action Lion King and Dumbo sequels won’t end up on Netflix, and neither will Star Wars Episode VIII or Toy Story 4. Movies from Disney and Pixar already on Netflix will stay on the service until their current distribution deals end, but likely will not be renewed once Disney has its own streaming home. For now, it seems shows from the ABC channel, which is owned by Disney, will stay—so mama can still get her Scandal fix.

Nonetheless, it’s not great news for Netflix-loving households. But if you always wished you had access to the Disney vault, the new streaming service could be a good fit for you.

In addition to classic movies, the service will feature a bunch of new short-form shows and content from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. According to Deadline, Disney also plans to “make a significant investment in an annual slate of original movies, TV shows, short-form content and other Disney-branded exclusives for the service.”

There’s no word yet on what Disney’s streaming service will cost, but parents are already sharing their concerns on social media: One Twitter user summed the social media reaction best, saying, “If I’m expected to pay for another streaming service, every single Disney movie better [be] on it!”

Heather Marcoux is the News Editor for Motherly and mom to one little boy. A former television journalist, Heather lives in Canada with her husband, son and a foursome of adorable pets.

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