Over the past year Netflix has shifted its priorities when it comes to acquisitions, favoring exclusive deals over popular titles that can be found on other SVODs (which led to Netflix losing some major titles such as The Hunger Games in 2015).
But its latest round of acquisitions — exclusive, naturally — just may make up for the loss of some of those blockbusters.
Starting in September, Netflix will also become the exclusive U.S. pay TV home of all upcoming films from Disney and its properties Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar.
The deal will not affect titles from the properties which have already been released — so, unfortunately, for U.S. fans who are looking forward to streaming the latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, don’t hold your breath. The pay TV rights to Star Wars: The Force Awakens are still held by U.S. cable net Starz, which holds the rights to all Disney films released in 2015.
Of course, for those north of the border, Netflix does hold the streaming rights to The Force Awakens in Canada — ironically, a frequent complaint from Canadian Netflix users is that the territory does not have many of the same popular titles (such as The Inbetweeners and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) as its counterpart to the south.
Also coming to Netflix soon are the new Adam Sandler comedy The Do Over, the Christopher Guest mockumentary Mascots and David Michod’s comic drama film War Machine.