Disney's Streaming Service May Not Offer The Original Star Wars Movies


With the amalgamation between itself and 21st Century Fox all but official, The Walt Disney Company is now shifting focus onto reclaiming another high profile intellectual property, Star Wars.

But media companies like Disney are now looking to build their own streaming services to compete with Netflix Inc., the world's largest online TV network, and finding some of their biggest features may be unavailable for years. The current deal includes all original and prequel films, along with newer movies as well.

Bloomberg is reporting that Disney is now in hot pursuit of the Star Wars streaming and cable rights from Turner Broadcasting, which now airs the films on TNT and TBS.

Disney is reportedly trying to buy back the rights, but it seems Turner isn't budging - at least, not without some hefty concessions from Disney.

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It's not clear if the issue here is regaining streaming rights to the prequels and original trilogy (which Turner may have some exclusive rights over) or if Disney merely wants to limit where else you can see these movies in order to solidify their streaming service. So there's still a chance an upcoming streaming service could have all of the Star Wars movies.

The deal Disney has with Turner is separate from Disney's Netflix agreement, which now allows Star Wars movies on the latter service. In 2016, Turner paid a sum of $275 million for the movies. Although there will be new Star Wars content, fans might think twice about subscribing if they're more interested in the older films.

Disney has already announced that it will not renew its deal with Netflix that expires at the end of the year, which gives Netflix the rights to new releases.