Square-eyed cinephiles look out, Netflix is about to lose a lot of its content in 2019. Whether you’re a fan of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and want to watch Avengers: Age of Ultron, are ready to travel to that galaxy far, far away with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or settle in with a classic cartoon, Netflix ‘used’ to have us covered.
Sadly, as the likes of Disney and other big studios launch their own streaming services, Netflix is being forced to loosen its grip on the market.
Ampere Analysis confirms that Disney, Warner, Comcast, and Fox currently make up 20% of Netflix’s catalogue. With Disney+ launching in a matter of months, it means Mickey will be taking a gloved hand and snatching back your favourite Disney movies.
It seems like we’ve been waiting an eternity for Disney to take over 20th Century Fox, but the X-Men might not be the only casualty of the deal. Things will change when the House of Mouse moves forward with its Disney+ service to rival Netflix in 2019.
Alongside promises of original shows like a Winter Soldier/Falcon spin-off, a Vision/Scarlet Witch team up, and a Loki standalone, the rest of the Disney catalogue will also be a big draw away from Netflix.
Elsewhere, we can barely movie without another company releasing their own streaming service, meaning Netflix is in an ever-growing market. Sure, some of Netflix’s original content is great, but for every Okja and Apostle, there’s Bright or The Cloverfield Paradox lurking just around the corner.
Even as the streaming giant cashes in on original content like Bird Box and Black Mirror, it’s important to remember that a lot of us pay a subscription cost (or piggyback someone else’s) to watch our favourite movies.
The other option is that Netflix could put its hand in its pocket and pay these studios to keep their content. It’s a case of wait and see, but expect your Netflix to look pretty different by the end of the year.
Thankfully, there’s plenty of Orange is the New Black, Making a Murderer, and Queer Eye to binge until those Netflix bosses come up with something new.
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