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Disney CEO: Marvel, Star Wars to be part of streaming service

08 September 2017, 12:44 | Nina Hammond

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Netflix Won't Get Future 'Star Wars,'

But now Disney is slamming the door shut on a renewed Netflix deal, choosing instead to use movies like Iron Man, Captain America, and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode IX as a draw to a new Disney-owned streaming service. "We're going to launch big, and we're going to launch hot", Iger reportedly said.

It will also make four or five original series and three or four "television movies" of the type that now run on its Disney Channel, Mr. Iger added.

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As a part of the strategy, however, Disney last month said it would spend $1.58 billion to acquire majority control of streaming technology company BAMTech. But it hadn't been decided at the time whether the service would include all Disney movies - including Marvel and Star Wars films - or just titles focused on younger audiences, like Disney Channel and Pixar properties. The service is expected in late 2019 after Disney's current deal with Netflix expires. According to a report from Deadline, Star Wars and Marvel movies will also be leaving Netflix in 2019 with all the other Disney movies on Netflix. Rather than charging one price for subscriptions, Disney's sports service may allow users granular control over what they pay to watch - "a season, a league, maybe a conference", Mr. Iger said. "With ESPN, Disney and ABC, we're well positioned". It's possible Disney revisits those scripts (they're all written) and reworks, or they may start over from scratch. He also said the company plans to launch the app by 2019. Iger did not announce how much the service will cost. The deal might have lasted longer than that had Disney made a decision to renew the deal for years into the future. And it remains to be seen how successful this launch is when compared to the likes of Netflix. Most importantly, he confirmed that all of the MCU movies and the Star Wars movies are going to be on the service from the start.

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