If rumors that are swirling play out, the biggest name in entertainment and the biggest name in streaming could soon be under the same umbrella.
Disney has been making huge acquisitions recently, including Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel, and they’ve currently got their eye on another big fish: Netflix.
Netflix has been performing very well over the past few years, so it make sense that other corporations are taking notice. A deal like this makes sense on Netflix’s end because while they’re still by far the king of streaming, competitors Amazon Prime, Hulu, DirecTV Now, and HBO Go are gaining ground, and this move would solidify their top status.
There are some potential hurdles, though. At present, ESPN provides Disney with a large chunk of its profit. Streaming services and cord cutting in general have eaten into ESPN’s subscriber base over recent months, and there are some worries about where that’s going to lead.
Disney (through ABC and ESPN) gets almost $10 a month from every single cable and satellite subscriber whether they watch sports or not, so if they were to transition some live sports to Netflix, it would be a major shift in the TV industry.
What does this mean for streaming though?
Thanks to a deal that takes effect later this year, Netflix is already the exclusive “pay TV” host for new Disney films and TV shows, plus productions from Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel. This helps fill out content while Netflix focuses their time and money on making their own. A Disney-owned Netflix though would likely have a catalog that included Disney’s past material as well.
A Disney/Netflix merger would mean more for finances than it would for content, but it’s still something to keep an eye on, as it’s just another indicator that streaming is here to stay.