The deal to buy Glasgow-based Millarworld marked Netflix's first company acquisition in its 20-year history and aped Disney's 2009 move to buy Marvel, home to the Avengers and thousands of comic-book characters including Iron Man and Captain America.
Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos told Reuters, "we are still in active discussions" with Disney to keep Marvel and Star Wars movies on the service beyond 2019, at which time Disney will launch its own branded streaming service that features various Disney and Pixar films.
The news comes after Disney announced its intention to follow in the footsteps of increasing numbers of cable nets, with the launch of an ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018.
He told Reuters that he hopes Disney's streaming service would be "complementary" to Netflix and that Disney's plans to strike out on its own with streaming is a "natural evolution".Читайте также: North Korea Says 3.5m Volunteers Ready to Retaliate Against US
Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger said the company had not yet decided where it would distribute superhero films films from Marvel Studios and movies from "Star Wars" producer Lucasfilm after 2019.
A Disney spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
"Disney's new service is not positioned to compete directly with Netflix, but adds to the mix of options out there for consumers", said Richard Broughton of Ampere Analysis. Iger said that the Disney deal gave Netflix some marquee content while it was still ramping up its original content slate, which it has since done aggressively to the tune of a $6 billion content budget for 2017.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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