Despite having only just launched recently, Disney+ has already proven to be a massive success for both children and adults alike. It was so successful in fact that it even crashed due to the overload of people wanting to stream movies and TV shows. Thankfully, that minor issue has since been fixed (much to the relief of users everywhere).
With all things considered, it doesn't appear as though Disney+ is going anywhere anytime soon. How are other cartoon companies supposed to compete with such a wildly successful streaming service? Well, if you're Nickelodeon, you partner up with Netflix in the form of a multi-year deal.
You read that right: Viacom Nickelodeon (primarily referred to as Nickelodeon) and Netflix are teaming up in the hopes to take on Disney+. The deal will have the two companies working together to create original family-friendly animated feature films and TV series. Netflix will use Nickelodeon's original characters and new IP in order to create new content.
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According to Nickelodeon President Brian Robbins, the cartoon company made this deal with Netflix specifically to grow its content past linear platforms. However, it's not the first time that the two companies have collaborated together. Netflix has picked up some Nickelodeon reboot movies such as Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling and Invader Zim. There have also been other projects such as a live-action series of Avatar: The Last Airbender, and two original animated films based on two Nickelodeon TV series- Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Loud House.
Both companies are incredibly successful right now. A merger is in the talks between Viacom Nickelodeon and CBS, which could save the two corporations $500 million USD. Netflix meanwhile continues to grow in both users and profits. They're also trying to build up their international children's content, as well as partnering with more companies to create even more content.
Will this newfound partnership between Nickelodeon and Netflix make for a strong competition for Disney+? It's hard to say right now. But it'll certainly be interesting to see what happens next in the so-called "streaming wars."