Disney's Netflix Separation Is Bad For Everyone


Yesterday it was announced that Disney will be ending its relationship with Netflix and creating its own streaming service. As of 2019 Netflix subscribers will no longer have access to the Disney catalogue.

That's bad news for everyone involved because it removes value from streaming services - Disney and Netflix - fragmenting access to content for subscribers and encouraging piracy.

Music streaming has been a success because every song you want is available across all services (the odd exclusive or hold out notwithstanding).

There are already too many services offering access to chunks of available video content. If content creators ringfence their own products on their own services the whole model falls apart.

Some competition is good but the success of the streaming music business model should give Disney pause for thought around ths consequences of this decision.

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