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

08 August 2018

However, the media landscape is rapidly changing, and studios like Disney are increasingly interested in retaining the rights to their films to make them available on their own services.

The Turner deal does not include the rights to episodic TV titles such as Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and the forthcoming Star Wars Resistance and Jon Favreau's live-action Star Wars series.

Walt Disney tried to buy back television rights to Star Wars' movies from AT&T's Turner Broadcasting so that it can offer them on a new streaming video service, according to two people familiar with the matter.

In a report from Bloomberg, it appears that the original Star Wars movies might not be included in Disney's streaming service. They are also reporting that part of the deal would have to include unnamed programming to replace the lost content. 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 United States include TNT and TBS, as well as streaming on the internet.

Disney may look to evolve its current cable deal regarding Star Wars rights ahead of the launch of its streaming service. The company has released four new Star Wars films since it acquired LucasFilm in 2012, and plans to release another in December 2019.

The deal Disney has with Turner is separate from Disney's Netflix agreement, which now allows Star Wars movies on the latter service. Netflix has attracted more than 130 million customers by using popular TV shows and movies from other companies. They own Marvel, The Muppets, Star Wars, and have decades worth of their own movies. That accord expires at the end of this year.

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