LOS GATOS, Calif. – Disney’s vast library of content from the past century is Disney+’s main selling point, and Disney had stressed this as their central promotional piece to pitch the service to potential subscribers.
Although, it would seem that this is not entirely the case. Apparently some movies will only be available on the Disney+ collection for a limited time, and then move back to Netflix.
Disney had successfully hinged their promotional campaign on their complete library, and had built excitement amongst fans for months since the announcement. However, they did not estimate the extent of the changes that the move to the streaming platform would bring. This made them very lax in their licensing agreements with Netflix up until recently.
According to a report from CNET, details have not been released about the licensing deals that were made before development on Disney+ had begun in earnest.
However, they were given the information that at least one of the deals will involve moving mainstream Disney productions released from 2016 to 2018 back to Netflix within the span of six years.
This will not be permanent, however, as once the license agreement terminates, the content will most likely be moved back to Disney+.
Disney further explained that any content, once moved to Netflix, will no longer be accessible for the duration of the license agreement, even if subscribers make use of the download feature on Disney+ for offline viewing.
Disney+ CEO Bob Iger reassured prospective subscribers, however, that the amount of content to be moved will be very small compared to the catalogue at large.
He goes on to guarantee that any content that remains can be downloaded and transferred to any device with Disney+ installed, and will remain for as long as the subscription is active.
In any case, Disney+ will launch on November 12, with its entire catalogue to start with.