It was announced yesterday that Netflix signed a contract with Disney for exclusive rights to stream their vast collection of shut-up juice to children around the world. The deal, which includes having exclusive rights to Disney movies after they leave theaters, officially begins in 2016.
I know. THREE FREAKING YEARS. But do not fear. Older titles, like Dumbo and Alice in Wonderland will be available immediately. Direct-to-DVD releases will hit Netflix sometime next year.
While it sucks that Starz will maintain rights to newer releases until 2016, this is HUGE news. I now have more in my arsenal to stream to my phone while trying to accomplish minor tasks with a toddler in tow. Dinner at Cheesecake Factory? Pocahontas. Writing Christmas cards to eleventy friends and family? Bambi. Gettin’ my grocery on? Jungle Book.
And please, save the poo-pooing about relying on technology to babysit for someone else. THIS SHIT WORKS. You’re only angry because you didn’t think to download the Netflix app on YOUR phone. AMIRITE? You’re shaking your head, but I can see the traumatizing memory of your last drive to the shore dancing behind your eyes. Yeah, yeah, the only movie you need is the scenery passing by outside of your fingerprinted window. But sometimes it’s fun to try and switch things up with something that will actually distract the young’uns from their insatiable desire to know exactly how many more minutes it is until you get there and the fact that their brother has the audacity to look at them. Again.
So now, gather up your family and get ready to watch Alice In Wonderland and try not to giggle too much when the drug innuendos get going.