Netflix aims a hard-hitting blow at pay-TV site Starz after obtaining the rights to stream Walt Disney Studio films starting in 2016. The three-year contract will put Netflix in the running with other well-known pay-TV sites, such as HBO and Showtime.
On top of Disney, Netflix has also gained the rights to both Pixar and Marvel films. Luckily, Disney fans may not have to wait four years until seeing their favorite animated classics.
Netflix has been given the non-exclusive rights to add certain movies as soon as possible, which include titles such as “Dumbo,” “Pocahontas” and “Alice In Wonderland,” according to LA Times.
While it may seem unclear exactly how much Netflix will benefit from the addition of these timeless classics, Disney is seeing immediate effects. Reuters reported that Disney will be collecting a grand total of $350 million per year from Netflix.
Along with the future movie additions, the site is also working on a variety of television series all their own. This includes an original thriller titled “Lilyhammer.”
“Lilyhammer” is about an ex-mobster who checks himself into a witness protection program in Norway, and it will star the “Sopranos” actor Steven Van Zandt as the ex-mobster.
With Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and a variety of original new series a part of their 2016 line-up, it is only a matter of time before Netflix is seeing the benefits of their new contract.