The launch of Disney+ is just a few weeks away and while you may be getting all sorts of giddy imagining all the great content you’ll get to stream, you also might find yourself wondering: what about when the great content stops streaming?
After all, it’s unlikely that all the movies and shows on Disney+ will stay there forever and typically, when something leaves a streaming service, subscribers no longer have access to it. However, that won’t be the case for Disney+, as it was announced that subscribers could continue watching downloaded versions of their favorite movies and shows even after they leave Disney+.
Disney CEO Bob Iger revealed the streaming service’s awesome feature during Vanity Fair’s New Establishment Summit, explaining that as long as you’re a subscriber, you’ll be able to keep your downloads.
“But by and large, almost all of it is there,” Iger said. “And if you’re a subscriber, you can download it and put it on a device, and it will stay on the device as long as you continue to subscribe. If you wanted to download 10 classic Disney films that may not have all been available at once before, you can do that, basically fill all of your hard drive on one of your devices, and you or your child can watch wherever they are.”
The reason Disney+ will be able to do this for viewers while other streaming services like Netflix can’t primarily comes down to ownership of content. Since Disney is streaming content that it is making, it has the ability to grant users more permanent access. Because even if a property leaves Disney+ temporarily due to a previous agreement, it most likely will end up back under the Disney streaming umbrella before too long. But thankfully, even if a title does leave Disney+, it won’t have to leave your library as long as you have it downloaded.
So basically, if you find out a movie is heading to Netflix, you can download it and still watch it as much as you want even after it’s gone. Sounds pretty good to us.
Disney+ launches November 12.