Disney embraces the stream
Walt Disney jumped after the owner of Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar said it’s forging ahead with new streaming deals involving Netflix, Hulu and others.
The Burbank, California-based company once resisted offering channels like ESPN directly over the internet, but as more and more people get their favorite TV shows and movies online, Disney is also learning to embrace the stream.
Disney has been working with streaming services Hulu and Netflix to bring its properties to the stream. Netflix has the right to stream Disney movies like “Zootopia” before others, and it’s also the exclusive home for Marvel TV shows like “Jessica Jones” and “Luke Cage.” And last week, Hulu said there would be a Disney channel on its upcoming live online TV service. Disney owns part of Hulu, which is a joint venture between Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBC-Universal and Time Warner.