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Netflix, Inc. is an American provider of on-demand Internet streaming media available to viewers established in 1997.

From 2011 to 2018, Netflix's "Watch Instantly" service holds first-run rights to films from Disney. Netflix also provides back-catalog TV programs distributed by Disney-ABC Domestic Television before 2019.

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Currently, Netflix had exclusive pay-TV deals with most mini-major movie studios and selected major movie studios. For Disney, Films featured on Watch Instantly include releases from Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (including Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Touchstone PicturesDisneynature, Pixar, Lucasfilm, and Marvel Studios) before 2019.

Other studios providing content on Netflix under license include Disney–ABC Television Group.

On December 4, 2012, Netflix and The Walt Disney Company announced an exclusive multi-year U.S. subscription television service agreement with Netflix for first run of Walt Disney Studios animated and live-action movies. New titles from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature will be available from Netflix in September 2016. However, classic titles such as Dumbo, Pocahontas, and Alice in Wonderland were made available to Netflix immediately. Direct-to-video new releases were made available in 2013. The agreement came after Disney's announcement in November 2012, that it would be shutting down its web movie service Disney Movies Online on December 31, 2012.

By October 2013, Marvel was preparing four drama series and a miniseries, totaling 60 episodes, to present to video on demand services and cable providers, with Netflix, Amazon, and WGN America expressing interest. In November 2013, it was announced that Disney will provide Netflix with live-action series based on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, leading up to a miniseries based on the Defenders. Disney CEO Bob Iger stated that Netflix was chosen to air the shows, when Disney realized it could use the streaming service as a way to grow the popularity of the characters. He added that, if the characters prove popular, they could become feature films. Shortly after, Melissa Rosenberg was announced to write and executive produce the Jessica Jones series. In December 2013, Marvel confirmed that Drew Goddard will be the executive producer and showrunner for the Daredevil series, and will write and direct the first episode. In a February 2014 interview for the One-Shot All Hail the King, writer/director Drew Pearce confirmed the upcoming Netflix series would exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

In November 2013, it was announced that Disney and Marvel TV will provide Netflix with live action series, beginning in 2015, featuring Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, leading up to a miniseries about the Defenders. Netflix and Marvel Television announced a five-season deal for four Marvel superheroes: Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. The deal involves the broadcast of four 13-episode seasons that culminate in a mini-series called The Defenders. Broadcasting commenced in 2015.

In addition to the Marvel Television deal with Netflix, The Walt Disney Company announced that the television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars would release its sixth and final season exclusively on Netflix, as well as the previous five seasons and the Clone Wars feature film. The new content was released on Netflix's streaming service March 7, 2014.

Later in February, Marvel announced that the Netflix series would be filmed in New York City, beginning in mid-2014, and confirmed that all the series leading to The Defenders would be 13 one-hour episodes each, and The Defenders would be a four to eight episode miniseries concluding the other series. In March 2014, Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb stated that Daredevil would begin filming in July 2014, with Jessica Jones being the series to follow. Iron Fist and Luke Cage would then follow Jessica Jones before concluding with the Defenders series. In April 2014, Marvel Comics' editor-in-chief Joe Quesada stated that the shows would be filming in areas of Brooklyn and Long Island City that still look like the old Hell’s Kitchen, in addition to sound stage work. He also confirmed that the series are set within the MCU, and that, beyond connecting to themselves, would connect with the films and other televisions series. As well, Quesada added that the episodes for each series would be released all at once, as opposed to a serialized format, to encourage binge-watching, that has been successful for other Netflix series.

Due to Disney ended all contact with Netflix since 2019 in order to launch Disney+, all of the MCU Netflix series are cancelled. The former MCU Netflix series will also be removed from service on February 28, 2022. After Disney ended deals with Netflix, only movie that released by Netflix is The Woman in the Window, which cancelled its theatrical run by Disney due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Netflix media by Disney

All media listed here was initially released on the platform and distributed through the service under exclusive license from Disney–ABC Domestic Television, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures or other various units of The Walt Disney Company. When Netflix's license to such content, including Disney media released under the Netflix Original brand expired, the rights reverted back to Disney, with most content later being pulled from the service and moving to Disney's own streaming service, Disney+.

Original release

Year Name Studio label Notes
2014 Star Wars: The Clone Wars Lucasfilm Animation North America distribution for Season 6 only; moved to Disney+ in February 2020.
2015 Daredevil Marvel Television,
ABC Studios
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; moved to Disney+ in March 2022.
2015 Jessica Jones Marvel Television,
ABC Studios
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; moved to Disney+ in March 2022.
2016 Luke Cage Marvel Television,
ABC Studios
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; moved to Disney+ in March 2022.
2017 Iron Fist Marvel Television,
ABC Studios
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; moved to Disney+ in March 2022.
2017 The Defenders Marvel Television,
ABC Studios
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; moved to Disney+ in March 2022.
2017 The Punisher Marvel Television,
ABC Studios
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; moved to Disney+ in March 2022.
2020 Hoops 20th Television Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; still on the service as of March 2022.
2021 The Woman in the Window 20th Century Studios,
Fox 2000 Pictures
Distribution only; released under the Netflix Original brand; still on the service as of March 2022.

Co-productions

Year Name Studio label Notes
2017 Expedition China Disneynature

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