DC is one of many companies looking to compete with Netflix by stepping foot into the streaming realm. DC is taking a step forward by tying in original content with its vast library of comic books. DC Comics’ foray into streaming services now has its start date.
DC has announced has announced that the DC Universe streaming service will launch on September 15, 2018. DC has launched a website, dcuniverse.com that describes what the service has to offer, along with pricing plans for the service. It has already been announced that the streaming service will feature DC’s library of movies, animated movies, tv shows, and a curated database of comics. The website also mentions that a subscription to DC Universe will allow access to a members only shop with items only subscribers can purchase. DC Universe will also have online forums within the application that will allow fans to interact with each other (What could go wrong there?).
dcuniverse.com provide a detailed description of the pricing plans for the service. Subscribers can pay a monthly fee of $7.99 a month or an annual fee of $74.99. The website states that paying annually will provide subscribers with “Premium annual member benefits and rewards” and subscribers will have the chance to save 20% if they pay by the year instead of by the month. Potential subscribers who visit the site can enter for a chance to have “The Ultimate Batman Studio Tour Sweepstakes” and can request to sign up for the beta.
On top of the release date for the DC Universe, DC also announced that the live-action Titans TV series will premiere on the DC Universe on October 12, 2018. Instead of the Netflix model, where all episodes are released simultaneously on the premiere date, DC will release a new episode of the show weekly on the streaming service. There will be 12 episodes in total. The premiere date announcement was accompanied by a photo gallery of the cast as the Titans.
DC is putting a lot of stock in the streaming service and it seems to have the content to intrigue fans. DC also seems to be aiming for the casual fan with the curated list of comics aimed to help new or casual comic book fans navigate their favorite heroes and stories. Will the original content like Titans compete with the Netflix originals? Will the DC database of comics be able to satisfy newbies and well read comic fans alike? Time will tell, but we can’t say that DC is trying to enter into this new environment with a bang.