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Disney+ content is already starting to disappear, and fans are freaking out

Disney+ content is already starting to disappear, and fans are freaking out

If you’re a Disney+ subscriber and have been planning to use the still relatively new streaming service to re-watch the original Home Alone, since the streamer had been carrying the beloved holiday classic since its launch in November, you’re unfortunately too late. With the start of the new year, both Home Alone and its sequel Home Alone 2: Lost in New York were pulled from Disney+ (along with other content likewise quietly pulled) in a style reminiscent of the ongoing content removal that Netflix subscribers are pretty accustomed to at this point. With the start of each month, new shows and movies get added to Netflix’s already insanely massive library of content — while other shows and movies likewise roll off the service, in a steady ballet of addition and subtraction that’s partly the result of Netflix dumping content that’s not watched as much anymore as well as a function of licensing deals that mean a half-life gets baked into every show and every movie we stream.

But wait, you’re probably asking. What’s with this happening to Disney+’s library? If the streamer was launched in the first place as a home for content from Disney’s myriad brands like Marvel and Star Wars, why would stuff they own ever get pulled in the first place? Because it’s not like Netflix originals like Stranger Things or The Crown get pulled, just the stuff that Netflix licenses like The Office and Friends, right?