By Valeri Guevarra, Editorial Staff (‘22)
Binging a new season of a Netflix original show, I was reminded of the impending war on streaming by the big entertainment giants of today. This battle will kick-off with the introduction of the fresh faces to the streaming industry starting with Disney+.
The undeniable popularity of Disney and its recent acquisitions, Star Wars, Marvel, and, most recently, 20th Century Fox, will surely satisfy its many customers. Disney+ will only cost $6.99 per month or $12.99 bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ versus giant Netflix’s cost of standard plan of $12.99. Despite this, Disney owned material will leave Netflix upon the release of Disney+, including Oscar-nominated movies like Black Panther, Coco, and Moana. Disney is setting an example by creating a service for their own content instead of the previous methods of licensing films and shows out to companies like Netflix to stream. Without a third party company involved, Disney earns larger profits from its assets than it would through licensing agreements with already-established streaming services. Of course, Disney already has quite a brand name of its own.
All of this, however, has set a dangerous precedent for the future. Will companies begin to only offer their programs on their own streaming services? To watch a variety of programs for a young child, Will a parent have to subscribe to potentially three to four different services for their children, Disney+, Netflix as Nickelodeon partners, and an Amazon Prime subscription with PBS kids, to have access to all these shows available under one cable subscription? Disney’s dangerous growing monopoly on various major franchises shows that the entertainment world is in for some chaos.