If you browsed through Netflix recently in hopes of finding Disney’s Moana, you’ll be disappointed to know that it has been removed. On December 20, Netflix removed Moana to make room for a new lineup of films for Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
While Moana is no longer available on Netflix, you are still able to enjoy the movie over the holidays. Amazon Prime offers Moana for purchase, and iTunes offers both a rental and a purchase option. By purchasing the movie, you can watch it over and over on your devices.
So, why was Moana removed from Netflix? Disney decided to remove its Disney films from the streaming platform because it is launching its own streaming service. This service is called Disney+ and it’s expected to be released in 2019.
According to CNET, Disney+ will include movies, television shows, and other streaming programs, possibly original programming. While Disney+ hasn’t mentioned what we can expect in terms of pricing and content offered, fans may expect to see some of the movies that Disney has been involved with, including Star Wars and Marvel.
CNET reports that Disney+ is expected to cost less than Netflix.
It’s uncertain how the original Disney classics that are often in the Disney vault will be handled on the streaming service. It’s possible they won’t be released all at once and Disney will continue to use their vault concept, keeping some movies away from the streaming service over a period of several years.
If you see any Disney-related content on Netflix, it may be a good idea to watch it now as Disney plans on pulling all of its content from Netflix and offering it on their own streaming platform. Some shows, including Jessica Jones and The Punisher, are set to stay at Netflix for a little while longer with new seasons coming out in 2019. No word on how this will change next year.