Disney Plus And Hulu Are Removing Tons Of Content


Disney is shedding titles from Disney Plus and Hulu streaming service, presumably to accomplish what Bob Iger described as “strategic changes”. After the release of the company’s quarterly report, the company reflected better earnings but disclosed continued loss of subscribers for their streaming services.

The company did, however, anticipate the downtrend in the number of subscribers and further reported that the measures they have been taking have allowed them to be better prepared for the loss. In fact, they even say that the actual loss they had was less than what they had anticipated.

Unlike Bob Chapek’s focus, which was boosting subscriber levels, Iger is aiming to divert the company’s focus to profitability and retention.

This may mean that they intend to keep the same amount of money coming in while cutting off added expenses that the company has been doing in the past.

The lengthy list of titles that will soon disappear under the streaming services Disney Plus and Hulu could likely be part of that aspect of their expenses that could be avoided. Identifying and removing titles that are just occupying a spot and keeping residual expenses but not performing in terms of actual viewership could be beneficial in the long run.

Disney Plus and Hulu will soon Remove a long list of titles

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Deadline reports a long list of titles that will soon be removed from streaming for Disney Plus and Hulu. As early as May 26, which is just in less than a week, the following titles will be pulled from the streaming services:

For Disney Plus

  • Big Shot
  • Turner & Hooch
  • The Mysterious Benedict Society
  • The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
  • Willow
  • The Making Of Willow
  • Diary of a Future President
  • Just Beyond
  • The World According to Jeff Goldblum
  • Marvel’s Project Hero
  • The Right Stuff
  • The Real Right Stuff
  • Cheaper by the Dozen remake
  • The One and Only Ivan
  • Stargirl
  • Hollywood Stargirl
  • Flora & Ulysses
  • Artemis Fowl
  • The Princess
  • Encore!
  • Black Beauty
  • Clouds
  • America the Beautiful
  • Better Nate Than Ever
  • Weird But True!
  • Timmy Failure
  • Be Our Chef
  • Magic Camp
  • Earth to Ned
  • Foodtastic
  • Stuntman
  • Disney Fairy Tale Weddings
  • Wolfgang
  • It’s a Dog’s Life with Bill Farmer
  • The Big Fib
  • Rogue Trip
  • More Than Robots
  • Shop Class
  • Pick the Litter
  • Own the Room
  • Among the Stars
  • Harmonious Live!
  • Pentatonix: Around the World for the Holidays
Disney Plus And Hulu Are Removing Tons Of Content

Credit: FX

For FX, Nat Geo, Hulu

  • Y: The Last Man
  • Pistol
  • Little Demon
  • Maggie
  • Dollface
  • The Hot Zone
  • The Premise
  • Love in the Time of Corona
  • Everything’s Trash
  • Best in Snow
  • Best in Dough
  • Darby and the Dead
  • The Quest
  • Rosaline
  • Life Below Zero: Next Generation
  • National Geographic Investigates: LSD and Psychedelics
  • 9/11: One Day in America
  • The Armstrong Tapes
  • Buried Secrets of WWII
  • Bin Laden’s Hard Drive
  • Croc That Ate Jaws
  • Trafficked with Mariana van Zeller
  • Drug Lords: The Next Generation
  • Extreme Rescues
  • Most Wanted Sharks
  • Locked Up Abroad
  • North Korea: Inside the Mind of a Dictator
  • To Catch A Smuggler Rome
  • Ultimate Survival WWII

Leaving Hulu on May 31 are the following:

  • The Come Up
  • The Deep End
  • Everything’s Trash
  • Keep This Between Us

Disney Cleans Up Disney Plus and Hulu Streaming Library

Disney Plus And Hulu Are Removing Tons Of Content

Credit: Disney

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While reactions online have people expressing disappointment on specific titles such as Willow, Pistol, and Dollface, as well as the selection from Nat Geo, it is interesting that some view this as a sort of decision for people to ‘miss’ the titles. Such that after a while, the company can include these titles again someday and generate better viewership data.

There are those who say that Disney is merely ‘rotating’ the available titles. A comment on the article cited the move as nothing new. D. H. posted:

Disney and other Hollywood Studios as well (Paramount, MGM etc …) have been pulling access and rotating movies and TV series for decades. IT’S NOTHING NEW. It’s just the same or similar policy being applied to a new form of content distribution.

He points out that these titles may be pulled, but eventually, they will have them available again someday. He continued:

Rest assured access to the material that was pulled will return at some point in the future – it’s just a matter of when. The entertainment industry has done this for years because they learned a long time ago that two much available content led to slower or lesser sales.

Why? Because too much choice is almost as bad as not enough choice.

However, there are also those who couldn’t wrap their mind around ‘original content’ that is intended exclusively for Disney Plus and/or Hulu that will be removed. They say that it would be disappointing for those who opt to subscribe who are under the impression that these titles will be there because they are original content.

Another comment pointed out that keeping titles in the streaming service incurs residual costs whether they are being viewed frequently or not. By removing the titles that aren’t performing, Disney will diminish the cost the streaming service spends. It means that the selection of titles is being curated according to subscribers’ preferences as well.

What do you make of these numerous cancellations of shows, series and direct-to-streaming movies for Disney Plus and/or Hulu? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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