The wonderful world of Disney streaming just got larger and more complicated.
Disney and Hulu announced yesterday that the streaming service had acquired the rights to over 50 Disney movies for its subscription service. According to The Los Angeles Times, the precise number is
57 56 (sorry, finger slipped), which includes The Nightmare Before Christmas, Mulan, Pocahontas, Hercules, Sister Act and Air Bud, which are already available. Coming soon are Con Air, Step Up, Gone in 60 Seconds, Pearl Harbor, Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Mighty Ducks, Lilo & Stitch, Tarzan, The Emperor’s New Groove, Muppet Treasure Island, and The Princess and the Frog.
Interestingly, Disney and Netflix announced back in May that, starting in September, Netflix would be the exclusive home of all future Disney, Marvel, Lucasfilm and Pixar films. This basically means that, in order to access all of Disney’s films, fans are going to have to have to subscribe to several streaming services.
The question is if the convenience and amount of usage fans get out of these services beats downloading copies of their very own. It probably does and it makes Hulu, not known for its movie offerings (especially after the Criterion Collection decided to leave Hulu), a bit more robust in that area. Still, it’s going to be an uphill battle to make Hulu as competitive as Amazon and Netflix.
But for those who already have a Hulu subscription, they can make plans to watch Muppet Treasure Island whenever it comes.