With Disney’s plans to start their own streaming service in 2019, Star Wars: The Last Jedi may be the last major Star Wars release available on Netflix.
By now, you’ve probably heard that Disney will foray into streaming and launch its own subscription service in 2019. Of course, this flies directly in the face of an otherwise-glorious partnership with Netflix that saw major releases available to stream before networks. For Star Wars fans and US subscribers, this deal didn’t really do us any good until Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, though.
Rogue One was released in theaters in December 2016 and hit Netflix in July 2017. While that’s a six month gap, Netflix holds the rights to exclusive US pay-TV rights … for now. Starting in 2019, Disney will be the exclusive host for its billion-dollar content, including Star Wars and Marvel films.
The good news is that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will be in the clear for now. Since it follows the same release schedule (give or take) as Rogue One, The Last Jedi may hit Netflix next summer in 2018, and will probably be the last major Star Wars film available on the streaming service.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25, 2018 and wouldn’t be available until winter that same year to stream. So Disney may just decide to hold off and make that one of its selling points for their own subscription service. If one considers that Solo won’t make nearly as much money as The Last Jedi, Disney might get more out of it through streaming anyway.
The wonderful thing about streaming is that it makes your favorite films available to you all the time, no matter where you are. But when it comes to The Last Jedi, most Star Wars fans go out and buy a physical copy anyway.
Regardless, it’ll be interesting to see how Disney really bundles their subscription service to fans. And if there will anything left over for Netflix.