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LOLtron

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Postby LOLtron » Sat Jun 30, 2018 1:44 pm

DC Universe Needs Some Work

Let's take a deeper look at DC's upcoming streaming service.




DC Entertainment revealed a majority of the details regarding its upcoming streaming service DC Universe earlier this week. The first issue with the service is the name. It's generic. The DC Universe also references the main canon of the comic book universe, a toy-line, a role-playing game, and the video game DC Universe Online. We get that the service is going to try to encompass everything DC has to offer, but there's a lot of other names out there the company could use. Maybe "Dan Didio's Last Attempt At Relevancy" or "The Fire Dan Didio Streaming Service."

DC has announced five TV shows that the service will eventually have: Titans, Doom Patrol, Swamp Thing, Young Justice: Outsiders, and Harley Quinn. Only one of these original programs is going to be available at the launch and that's Titans. Other comparable services (Netflix, Hulu) have hundreds of original programs. Young Justice: Outsiders was announced in November 2016, three years after the cancellation of the original series. When it was announced, it was supposed to release in 2018, but DC has pushed it back to 2019. 

DC Universe will have a library of movies including 1990's The FlashChristopher Reeves' Superman films, and Constantine. Notably absent are the inclusion of the DCEU films, including Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. But then again, perhaps they're doing us a favor here. Bolstering the library will be DC's deep catalog of TV series including Teen TitansBatman: The Animated Series, and Static Shock. But will these be enough to keep people subscribed? 

In 2016, The CW, home to the various Arrowverse series, announced a multi-year deal that allows Netflix to remain the exclusive US subscription television service for previous seasons of series broadcast on The CW. This deal harms any hope of getting the Arrowverse on DC Universe in the near future.

Marvel Unlimited contains 20,000+ comics for only $9.99 a month. DC Universe will have a curated "digital longbox" of comics selected by DC. The curated comics will also rotate based on relation to the TV shows on the service. If we can't trust them to put out good titles, can we trust them to pick the few gems they have?

The biggest hurdle for DC Universe, besides being US-exclusive, is the price. DC hasn't announced a price point yet for the service, but that'll be make or break for it.

There's already more established streaming services available for consumers (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, HBO, Playstation, DirecTV, Sling TV, CBS All Access, Fubo, Starz). There's already a better digital comics platform (Marvel Unlimited). They don't have access to the most popular mainstream DC shows (The Arrowverse). What is DC Universe going to do to separate it from the glut of other services and keep people coming back?



Written or Contributed by Tim Midura




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Belle-Tain Summer

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Postby Belle-Tain Summer » Sat Jun 30, 2018 4:53 pm

Let's take a deeper look at DC's upcoming streaming service.


Lets not, and just say we did.
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SporkBot

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Postby SporkBot » Sat Jun 30, 2018 5:38 pm

We get that the service is going to try to encompass everything DC has to offer, but there's a lot of other names out there the company could use. Maybe "Dan Didio's Last Attempt At Relevancy" or "The Fire Dan Didio Streaming Service."


They couldn't go with that second one. It's too close to my own "Set Fire To Dan Didio's Idiocy" Streaming Service.

If we can't trust them to put out good titles, can we trust them to pick the few gems they have?


They will, most assuredly, release the more popular stuff, that people have already talked about. Watchmen, the Dark Knight Returns series, anything by Scott Snyder, their shameful New52 stuff, the various Crisis books. "Hand-curated" could well be code for "we came up with this part of the service at the last second, and don't have the time to be too diverse", but maybe I'm not giving them enough credit. Then again, I have no reason to give them sufficient credit, so it all balances out.

There are some older DC shows that I wouldn't mind watching, either for curiosity or to see if it holds up. But what few programs fit that description, I don't know that it'd be worth the price of admission.
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achilles

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Postby achilles » Sat Jun 30, 2018 7:12 pm

Well, I was raised right. I was taught that if you can't think of something snarky enough, than don't even comment. :oops: :wink:
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Bianco

rubber spoon

Postby Bianco » Sun Jul 01, 2018 12:35 am

I get they can't show the previous seasons of the CWverse but they can stream new episodes? If not making a deal with Netflix was more stupid than I originally thought.

I'll wait and see what they present but with all these streaming services my money is tight so it's going to be limited to what I can buy/keep. At a certain point it'll be cheaper to keep cable television
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Chessack

Great Scott!!!

Postby Chessack » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:18 pm

The problem with the new crop of streaming services is that, unlike netflix or hulu or one of those, they are company specific. To get the content you want, you'll have to subscribe to one service per company. That'll cost more than cable in the end.

I'm not having any of it. I think these streaming services will collapse in the end. They think that they will be as successful as Netflix was when Netflix was one of the only games in town and had content from multiple companies all at once. I know these people have giant egos but there is just no way a "DC only" channel can be as worth it to a customer (in terms of monthly sub cost) as all of Netflix was.

Hell even Netflix isn't worth what it used to be now that half their content (or more) is gone. But WB only? Paramount only? CBS only? They're smoking something if they think people are going to find that worthwhile in the long run.
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achilles

Rain Partier

Postby achilles » Sun Jul 01, 2018 5:53 pm

I agree that the DC Universe needs some work. I will support the position that it needs to be at least a DD cup to have a chance at succeeding.

zryson

YOU WILL NEED A NURSE

Postby zryson » Mon Jul 02, 2018 4:28 pm

I am certain the DC streaming service will be a smashing success.
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chap22

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Postby chap22 » Thu Jul 19, 2018 8:59 am

$74.99/year or $7.99/month membership fee. Still no word on what the "curated catalog" of comics will include.
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Jack Charlemagne

rubber spoon

Postby Jack Charlemagne » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:08 pm

LOLtron wrote:What is DC Universe going to do to separate it from the glut of other services and keep people coming back?


Porn. Parodies or not. Not too long ago the execs didn't want the characters to marry so this is a natural fit for their logic. No sitting either but there's all kinds of other possibilities once Constantine tells everyone the Books of Magic are actually the Kama Sutra, just with variant covers.
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Jack Charlemagne

rubber spoon

Postby Jack Charlemagne » Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:11 pm

chap22 wrote:$74.99/year or $7.99/month membership fee. Still no word on what the "curated catalog" of comics will include.


Or save the money and go to sites like this instead.

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