Disney+ Downloads Will Be Available Even After Content Leaves Streaming Service
Thursday, October 24th, 2019 at 2:58 pm
Disney+ will be home to over 6,000 hours worth of content, both original titles like The Mandalorian, Lady and the Tramp, and The World According to Jeff Goldblum, and existing titles like Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
That’s a lot of stuff to watch, and the best part of it is, you can bring it along with you when you download it. And while most of that downloaded content leaves other streaming services, that will not be the case for Disney+, which will let you keep the downloads even when the content itself leaves the streaming service.
While at Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit (via CNET), Disney’s Bob Iger said Disney+ downloads would stay even if the films themselves are no longer available on the service’s library:
“But by and large, almost all of it is there. And if you’re a subscriber, you can download it and put it on a device, and it will stay on the device as long as you continue to subscribe. If you wanted to download 10 classic Disney films that may not have all been available at once before, you can do that, basically fill all of your hard drive on one of your devices, and you or your child can watch wherever they are.”
Okay, many were under the impression that they would have access to nearly the entire library when they subscribed to Disney+. But that doesn’t appear to be the case, as rights and licensing issues may play a factor in why certain titles may not be available on the service. CNET says that certain titles will be lost for periods of time. According to them, Disney hasn’t offered any details on which titles this might be, but some will leave Disney+ and return to Netflix in around six years as part of the deal they previously agreed to.
We already knew that not all Disney, Marvel, and Pixar titles would be available when Disney+ launches. And the licensing and rights deals made with other streaming services like Netflix tells us why some of those titles will not available when Disney+ launches.
Of course, that doesn’t mean that Disney won’t be able to get them back. Ultimately, the studio’s goal is to reacquire all of its content from other streaming services and consolidate them on their own streaming service.
Disney+ will launch later this year on November 12, 2019, and will cost $7 a month or $70 annually.