Disney is going there, you guys.
As previously teased during the company’s quarter one earnings call, the company is purging several titles from its streaming services, Disney+ and Hulu.
The practice has become common in recent months, with HBO Max leading the charge, wiping several projects from existence.
Undoubtedly, fans and creatives are struggling with the concept, but maybe some of the affected shows could show up elsewhere.
“We will be removing certain content from our streaming platforms and currently expect to take an impairment charge of approximately $1.5 to $1.8 billion,” Disney’s chief financial officer, Christine McCarthy, said during the earnings call.
Westworld, The Nevers, and other HBO fare popped back up on FAST services shortly after the controversial decision.
But for some shows, this could be the death knell that could be the difference whether new fans find them down the line.
Initially, people purchased physical media, and with the rise of streaming, it seemed you would have access to certain shows owned by the service for however long you subscribed.
This new measure is starting a debate about whether physical media will make a comeback.
Starz and Showtime have followed suit by removing — mostly canceled — shows.
As for which titles are being banished from digital existence — for now — by Disney, here’s the complete list.
Be Our Chef
Cheaper by the Dozen
Diary of a Future President
Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
Earth to Ned
The Hot Zone
It’s a Dog’s Life With Bill Farmer
Magic Camp The Making Of Willow
Marvel’s Hero Project
The Mighty Ducks
The Mysterious Benedict Society
The One and Only Ivan
Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays
The Real Right Stuff
Stargirl (2020 movie)
Turner & Hooch
Weird But True!
The World According To Jeff Goldblum
Best in Dough
Best in Snow
Love in the Time of Corona
Y: The Last Man
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