Is ‘Star Wars’ Leaving Netflix?
A long time ago, on a streaming platform not too far away, Star Wars movies were available for viewing on Netflix. Prequels like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: The Last Jedi were only a click away — that is until Disney announced Disney+ Streaming Service.
We’ve got a bad feeling about this…
With the new Disney-exclusive streaming service in the works, fans worry that their favorite Star Wars films will not be available on Netflix anymore. Here’s our look into the Star Wars movies and their relationship with Netflix.
Netflix holds a few ‘Star Wars’ movies
As of May 2019, some Star Wars movies are still available for streaming on Netflix. Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Han Solo: A Star Wars Story, the newest addition to the Star Wars franchise, are both on Netflix. No Star Wars movies are available on other streaming services, such as Hulu or Amazon Prime Video.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was on Netflix during 2018, but was removed in January 2019. According to whats-on-netflix.com, Rogue One does reside on Netflix in the UK and some Asian territories.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will reportedly leave Netflix in December 2019.
What is Disney’s new streaming service?
Disney+, which was announced earlier in 2019, will be in direct competition with Netflix. According to Disney, this subscription service will showcase dozens of television shows and movies owned by Disney, all available for streaming.
“This represents a big strategic shift for the company,” said Bob Iger, CEO of the Walt Disney Company, to CNBC. “We felt that having control of a platform we’ve been very impressed with after buying 33 percent of it a year ago would give us control of our destiny.”
Considering the size of Disney, it seems like a good deal. In addition to the Lucasfilm franchise, the Walt Disney Company owns Marvel, ESPN, ABC, and Pixar among other brands. Disney+ will even release every episode of the Simpsons. According to cnet.com, the Walt Disney Company will also create “original, exclusive shows and movies for the service.”
Movies like Avengers: Infinity War, Thor: Ragnarok, and Pirates of The Carribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales are all expected to leave Netflix as a result of this new streaming service.
Disney+ will be released November 12, 2019, and will cost $6.99 per month, or $69.99 for the whole year. (This is about half the cost of the most popular Netflix plan, which costs streamers $10.99 per month.)
What about the new ‘Star Wars’ movie?
‘Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker‘ will hit theaters in December 2019. This movie will most likely not be available for streaming on Netflix, due to its release date.
The first 6 Star Wars movies and Rogue One, however, will be available for streaming on Disney+ beginning on its launch date. According to digitaltrends.com, subscribers will “also be able to watch animated shows Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars Resistance” on Disney’s new streaming service.
For Star Wars fans looking to get their fix before the new movie drops, Disney+ is your best bet.