Star Wars movies might not be on Disney’s streaming service until 2024

Disney Can't Show Star Wars Movies On TV, Is Reportedly Trying To Get Rights Back

Disney Is Seeking 'Star Wars' Rights Back From TBS, TNT

You'd think the Star Wars movies would be included in that, but it turns out even that might not be true, because Disney sold the streaming rights to Turner Broadcasting/AT&T back in 2016. At the time, they made an eight-year deal with them, which means the rights wouldn't revert back to Disney until 2024. However, the talks have stalled since Turner asked for compensation and presumably newer content (content that could be earmarked for Disney's streaming service) to replace the rights to the first several Star Wars trilogies. According to Bloomberg, Disney has made inquiries about repurchasing the rights, but Turner is resistant. 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 U.S. include TNT and TBS, as well as streaming on the internet. The company has released four new Star Wars films since it acquired LucasFilm in 2012, and plans to release another in December 2019. 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. It also wants the freedom to offer "Star Wars" movies on the service at will, one person said. Paid networks like HBO, Showtime and Netflix acquire the rights to show movies a few months after they leave theaters, and then basic cable networks like FX and TNT buy the rights after they leave the premium services.

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This is a bit of an irony for Disney, because assuming they do not return to the negotiating table to reach a more palatable solution with Turner, this means they can not put on streaming the six movies-and specifically three classics-from which so much of their current product derives.

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