Disney to Acquire BAMtech, result equals Netflix agreement dropped in 2019

Disney has purchased majority ownership of BAMTech, which will accelerate their ESPN sports branded video streaming in 2018 and Disney branded direct to customer service in 2019. The resulting factor for streamers is that Netflix will not be carrying anything Disney from 2019 onward.

The launch of the new ESPN service and app will provide the following services:

  • 10,000 live regional, national, and international games and events a year including
    • Major League Baseball
    • National Hockey League
    • Major League Soccer
    • Grand Slam tennis
    • college sports.
  •  Individual sport packages will also be available for purchase, including
    • MLB.TV
    • NHL.TV
    • MLS Live

The new Disney branded streaming service will be on-line for the 2019 theatrical season with the launch of the following:

  • Toy Story 4
  • the sequel to Frozen
  • The Lion King from Disney live-action
  • along with other highly anticipated movies.

The service will focus on the existing Disney channels and will bring new original programming as well as their movie library.

Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company, says the following about this shift away from other providers.

The media landscape is increasingly defined by direct relationships between content creators and consumers, and our control of BAMTech’s full array of innovative technology will give us the power to forge those connections, along with the flexibility to quickly adapt to shifts in the market

Here is what it means for Netflix.

With this strategic shift, Disney will end its distribution agreement with Netflix for subscription streaming of new releases, beginning with the 2019 calendar year theatrical slate.

I know that this will affect what my family gets via Netflix and we will have to look elsewhere to stream our favourite movies.

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Kevin Button

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