DisneyNow changes everything. Yesterday the Disney stock was underperforming because it underestimated how much streaming and cord cutting would impact its business. Today, DisneyNow has launched and Disney has shown how powerful a single streaming app can be. DisneyNow allows users to stream content from the Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior and Radio Disney. In addition, Disney is leaving behind the paywall and filling the app with a mixture of free and paid content. Users who want the full content will need to authenticate using their pay TV credentials from a supported cable, satellite or digital programming distributor. Previously Disney had limited its streaming to traditional cable customers, but not this time. DisneyNow works with your YouTube TV, PlayStation Vue, DirecTV Now, and Hulu credentials. Disney’s willingness to include cord cutters shows that they are finally beginning to embrace the streaming […]

New App Shows Disney Is Getting Streaming Right

Disney is being sued over a visual effects technology it used to create the live-action Beauty and the Beast, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Guardians of the Galaxy. The company Rearden is suing Disney alleging copyright, patent and trademark infringement. At issue here is Disney’s use of a facial-capture technology called MOVA Contour. Hear more about this in this week’s podcast below. Disney used MOVA to make Dan Stevens into the Beast and change Josh Brolin into Thanos. Disney Licensed the software from Digital Domain, another visual effects company. Since 2015, Rearden has been involved in legal battles against Digital Domain and its affiliates over MOVA, claiming that a former employee, Greg LaSalle stole the technology and unlawfully sold it to Digital Domain. In addition to financial damages, Rearden is asking a judge to stop Disney from selling or showing […]

Disney Sued Over Visual Effects – Episode 150

This week Lucasfilm has called on JJ Abrams to direct Star Wars Episode 9, but is he really what the franchise needs? Pixar releases a new trailer for Coco and gets us all excited for Thanksgiving. We also talk about the state of the Disney company and whether new leadership is needed. Finally, Disney plans to release 25 films in the next 27 months, but what’s their end game? We have a theory. That and much much more. For the week of September 18, this is Episode 149 of The Disney Movie Review. Return of The JJ A little bit ago in a place not so distant, J.J. Abrams directed Star Wars: The Force Awakens and brought joy to millions of fans. Now Lucasfilm has asked him to return to helm the untitled Star Wars Episode IX film. Abrams replaces Colin Trevorrow. Many […]

Return of the JJ and Bob Iger’s Job Security

  This week will be short. It’s my birthday and I have some celebrating to do. So let’s get to it! Check out this week’s episode below. Marvel and Star Wars Leave Netflix A few weeks ago we devoted an entire episode to the news that Disney was pulling out of its contract with Netflix.  At the time, it looked like Disney would leave the Marvel and Lucasfilm content on Netflix. Now, we know that is not the case. We talk about that and more on this week’s podcast episode. This week Disney announced it is pulling Marvel And Star Wars off of Netflix and placing them on its new streaming platform. “We’re going to launch big, and we’re going to launch hot,” said CEO Bob Iger at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Media, Communications & Entertainment Conference in […]

Losing Profit, Losing Directors and Whitewashing Accusations – The Disney ...

My parents are in town and it’s a light news week so this will be short. Disney Opts Out of Plan To Shorten Release Window Comcast, Amazon, and Apple are hurtling towards a plan that would shorten the time between a movie’s theatrical release and its debut on home video. The system would allow customers to rent movies on demand roughly 30 days after its theatrical release. The service is expected to cost $30. While several movie studios have shown support for the program, Disney has taken its hat out of the ring. I think Disney views this as a threat to its animation business. More than any other studios, Disney and Pixar dominate the animation market. Finding Dory, Frozen, and several other Disney films have enjoyed big openings and long runs at the box office. If families decided to stay home and rent the […]

EP147: Disney Movie News

Obi Wan Solo Movie
This was a light news week for Disney movie news, but the rest of the world has really made up for it. Before we get to the Disney news, I wanted to offer a resource to parents struggling to speak with their kids about race. There is a lot of craziness going on not too far from where I live and even when we agree that racism is bad, it doesn’t necessarily mean we always know how to talk to our kids about it. I wanted to include this article in case anyone is having trouble talking with their kids about race. Check out the full episode of the Podcast below. Does Obi Wan Kenobi Really Need A Standalone Film? The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that Lucasfilm is in talks with Stephen Daldry to direct a standalone Obi Wan Kenobi film. It’s […]

EP146: Obi Wan Goes Solo and MoviePass Makes Waves

Movie Ticket Prices aren't the problem.
It’s easy to see why so many people are excited about MoviePass. The service promises to offer virtually unlimited movies at your local theater for only $10/month. Even for casual cinephiles, it is a great deal. MoviePass is cool, but it isn’t perfect. There are no blackout dates, but you also can’t use it on 3-D or IMAX features. Plus, you have to buy your ticket within 100 yards of the location where you want to use it, which is far from convenient. Oh, and you can only buy one ticket at a time. Despite the shortcomings, MoviePass is still a good deal for customers. For movie theaters, however, it’s a good deal, but it’s not great. The main reason is that MoviePass is fixing the wrong problem. We talk about this much more on this week’s podcast, which you […]

Movie Ticket Prices Aren’t The Problem. Here’s Why Customers Are ...

Why You will pay for Disney's Streaming Service
We should all stop pretending like we won’t pay for Disney’s new streaming service. You will. Just like people vow to never go back to Disney World after the latest price hike and yet end up there every summer, in 2019 you will happily pay Disney to stream their content. By announcing its intention to start its own streaming service in 2019, Disney is essentially taking on the largest name in streaming. Meanwhile, Netflix is losing one of its biggest content contributors. (Or at least part of them. Disney announced it will pull Disney and Pixar films, but we still don’t know what will happen with Marvel and Lucasfilm properties yet.) It’s a bit of a gamble, but it’s also very smart. The reason many people are swearing to boycott Disney’s streaming service is that they think Disney is the […]

Here’s Why You Will Pay For Disney’s New Streaming Streaming ...