iflix strikes streaming deal with Disney

Netflix may be losing Disney’s content in the US, but its regional SVOD competitor in Asia has just snagged a wide range of Disney animated features, along with movies from the studio’s subsidiaries Marvel Studios and Pixar.

Iflix announced today that it will be offering Disney content in select Asian territories through three Disney-branded channels, marking the first time that the studio’s movies have been available on SVOD across the region. The three channels are:

  • Marvel Studios – including titles such as Guardians Of The Galaxy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor: The Dark World, Iron Man 3, and more.
  • Disney-Pixar Animation Studios – Monsters Inc, Monsters University, Up, Wall-E, and more.
  • Disney – Frozen (pictured), Wreck-It Ralph, Cars, Lilo & Stitch, The Jungle Book, Cinderella, and more.

Additional titles coming to the service from January 2018 include Star Wars: The Force Awakens; Marvel blockbusters Captain America: Civil War and Ant-Man; Disney’s The Jungle Book, Zootopia and Tangled; and Pixar classics including Finding Dory, Finding Nemo and Inside Out.

Iflix will also stream Disney children’s content, such as Sofia The First, Star Wars Rebels and Disney XD’s Guardians Of The Galaxy. The two companies will also extend their existing distribution deal for ABC Studios shows including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, Criminal Minds, Devious Maids, Quantico and Marvel Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The agreement between iflix and Disney covers early window movie availability and also includes a project with Disney-owned MCN [multi-channel network] Maker Studios for digital content that will be exclusive to iflix.

“We are pleased to partner with iflix to bring Disney content even closer to fans in Southeast Asia,” said Amit Malhotra, general manager, Media Networks, The Walt Disney Company Southeast Asia.

“Through the extensive library of content available on the new Channels feature, fans of all ages will have a unique access to their favorite stories and characters anytime they want.”

Iflix is currently flush with cash after closing another hefty funding round, this time led by US media giant Hearst, adding $133m to the coffers of the fast-expanding SVOD platform:

IFLIX SECURES $133M FUNDING, LAUNCHES IN CAMBODIA

Disney recently announced that it will be setting up its own Disney-branded streaming service in the US, ending its current SVOD deal with Netflix, which will lose US rights to the Disney content from 2019. However, the US streaming giant is in talks with Disney to license Lucasfilm’s Star Wars movies and Marvel Entertainment titles post 2019.