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Disney to make Netflix US the exclusive online home for Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm titles

Disney is to make Netflix the exclusive online home to all its films including Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm titles from this September.

The deal was initially inked back in 2012, but has finally come to fruition and will see all Disney films released theatrically in 2016 and beyond included in the deal.

“From September onwards, Netflix will become the exclusive US pay TV home of the latest films from Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar,” said Ted Sarandos, the firm’s content boss.

The deal will allow the service to offer movies at the same time as HBO and other paid cable channels, while keeping the titles away from the likes of Amazon Prime, Hulu and other streaming services.

The fine print of the deal however indicates that Netflix’s US rights cover Disney movies starting with 2016 theatrical releases, meaning American hubs will not have access to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Movies that are covered however, include Zootopia, The Jungle Book, Captain America: civil War, Alice Through the Looking Glass, finding Dory, The BFG, Pete’s Dragon and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Netflix has confirmed that several older Disney titles will be leaving the service in June including Hercules, Mulan and Hunchback of Notre Dame.

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