Dis­ney sev­ers con­nec­tion with Net­flix

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

EN­TER­TAIN­MENT gi­ant Dis­ney is dump­ing stream­ing be­he­moth Net­flix, tak­ing Star Wars and Pixar movies and its own clas­sic kids’ flicks such as Frozen, Poc­a­hon­tas and Aladdin with it.

The com­pany made the an­nounce­ment yes­ter­day, say­ing it would be start­ing its own stream­ing ser­vice from 2019.

Net­flix shares tum­bled more than 7 per cent at the news, which fol­lows a series of knocks for the pop­u­lar plat­form in­clud­ing in­ter­na­tional con­dem­na­tion of its film about anorexia, To The Bone, which had spe­cial­ists con­cerned that it was glam­or­is­ing the deadly disor­der.

And just a week ago, San Diego Univer­sity re­searchers re­vealed that a study of Google data showed searches about how to com­mit sui­cide had sky­rock­eted by up to 1.5 mil­lion queries in the days fol­low­ing the re­lease of the Net­flix series 13 Rea­sons Why star­ring Perth- born ac­tor Katherine Lang­ford.

Schools were forced to send let­ters home to par­ents and hold coun­selling ses­sions af­ter chil­dren as young as 12 were left “dis­tressed and de­pressed” by the pop­u­lar show which de­picts events fol­low­ing the sui­cide of a high school stu­dent.

While Dis­ney’s new stream­ing ser­vice will ini­tially only be for US au­di­ences, the com­pany did say it would be ex­panded to other mar­kets.

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