Things may be looking up for video-on-demand company Netflix, who just signed a huge deal with The Walt Disney Company. According to the terms of the deal, Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription service for first-run live action and animated films that are produced by Disney.
There's just one caveat – the deal won't go into effect until 2016. But in four years, Netflix will have access to Disney movies that have been in the theater before they're available to other outlets, like Blockbuster and Redbox.
Netflix will get access to movies from Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios, and Disneynature. These will become available during the pay TV window, which is typically the time when theater releases are available on channels like HBO.
The deal will also include first-run rights to direct-to-video movies, so all of those future copies of Beauty and the Beast 14 and The Lion King, Simba's Cousin's Little Brother's Uncle will show up first on Netflix, beginning in 2013.
Netflix subscribers will see an immediate increase in the availability of Disney catalog movies like Dumbo, Pocahontas, and Alice in Wonderland, which are available to view on Netflix right now.
You can access Netflix on your computer, or via the Netflix app, which is a free download from the App Store.