Published: Wed, August 08, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Disney's streaming service may not launch with original Star Wars movies

Disney's streaming service may not launch with original Star Wars movies

Walt Disney Co.is suffering from seller's remorse. The studio has already decided not to renew the deal that allows Netflix to screen the recent Star Wars movies when it ends later this year. Turner, which is owned by AT&T, now has the rights until 2024 to show most of the movies on its cable networks, which in the United States include TNT and TBS, as well as streaming on the internet.

The world's largest entertainment company tried to buy back TV rights to "Star Wars" movies from AT&T Inc.'s Turner Broadcasting so that it can offer them on a new streaming video service, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In a report from Bloomberg, it appears that the original Star Wars movies might not be included in Disney's streaming service. The deal not only encompasses the Original Trilogy from 1977-1983 and Prequel Trilogy from 1999-2005, but also the current films from the Disney years (Force Awakens, Last Jedi, Rogue One, Solo) up-to and including anything now in production through 2024.

However, a source with knowledge of the talks told CNET that while a conversation has taken place about potentially amending the current Turner deal to reflect the current marketplace and business needs, there has so far been no discussion about buying back the rights regarding the cable television window that this deal covers. So there's still a chance an upcoming streaming service could have all of the Star Wars movies. Although there will be new Star Wars content, fans might think twice about subscribing if they're more interested in the older films. Some are on Netflix and you can catch them on TBS and TNT. In 2016, Turner paid a sum of $275 million for the movies.

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