From the moment Disney announced their intentions to make their own streaming platform in 2017, discussions arose about the streaming wars that were going to start between Netflix and Disney.
Netflix was around before Disney and had revolutionized TV by allowing customers to stream shows and movies including many from Disney. However, that is obviously no longer the case, as Disney pulled not just their films and shows but those of media companies they bought, such as The Simpsons.
Despite losing much of its content lineup to Disney, Netflix is still operating with strong figures, you can see those if you click here. How is this so? Well, it is based on 2 major factors. The first is that Netflix has been providing streaming services for longer and have loyal
customers. There is also the fact that Netflix can source shows and movies from many different producers as opposed to the Disney Movie Club that can only show media from other producers if they buy them out fully.
However, this is not to belittle the fact that Disney already has a huge following for their plethora of content and a lot of people would gladly subscribe to their service for the opportunity
to watch these. Not to mention the future movies and shows they would be releasing over the coming years. We already know they have planned out dozens of shows for the MCU for years in advance, which people are very excited about.
It is worthy of note that some customers only subscribed to Netflix for the opportunity to watch Disney movies. Said customers instantly relocated to the Disney platform and probably uninstalled the Netflix app from their phones altogether.
Disney also has some other advantages that Netflix would not have and that is archived content from the illustrious Disney Vault. For instance, Disney could easily start to air original shots of Mickey Mouse that have not been seen for a long time and that, currently, no platform is airing. This alone would be enough for a lot of families to have a Disney subscription that would allow the kids and teenagers in their house to enjoy the cartoons that Walt contributed directly in their creation.
There are other classics of Disney that people might find it difficult to find. Remember watching Treasure Island or That’s so Raven that you watched when you were six? If you wanted to experience some nostalgia from this content you’d find it to be a challange as it’s super hard to find this content on DVD or Blu-Ray. But as they are currently available on Disney, it can easily attract people who sometimes just feel like watching a Disney movie from decades ago to relive their childhood.
The wide producing network of Disney includes the Muppets, Lucasfilm, Marvel, Fox, and Pixar. This would be enough to tempt a lot of people to leave Netflix and opt for Disney. Fortunately, Netflix produces their own exclusive shows such as Stranger Things, which have seen critical acclaim and are very highly watched on the platform. No law says an individual cannot have both Netflix and Disney subscriptions at the same time. In the end, only time can tell how long the war between Netflix and Disney will last. Who knows, perhaps one platform may buy out the other if a moment of weakness shows.