DC Universe (streaming service)
Type of site
|Video on demand|
|Area served||United States|
|Key people||Sam Ades (GM & SVP, Warner Bros. Digital Networks)|
|Services||Streaming service, OTT|
|Registration||Monthly or annual subscription required to access content|
|Launched||September 15, 2018|
DC Universe is an American video-on-demand service operated by DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Digital Networks. It was announced in April 2017, with the title and service formally announced in May 2018. The service includes original television programming, access to select animated series and films from DC's back catalogue, a rotating selection of comics from DC Comics, forum discussion space, and a merchandise store. DC Universe launched in a beta state in late August 2018, with its full release on September 15, 2018.
History and development
In April 2017, DC Universe was announced as an untitled service with original television programming, with its title announced a year later in May 2018. The next month, the features of the service beyond original programming were revealed, including access to older DC live-action and animated films and animated series for a select period of time, a rotating selection of comics, forum discussion space, a merchandise store, and DC encyclopedia. Sam Ades, the general manager and senior vice-president at Warner Bros. Digital Network, will manage the service.
The service's first slate of programming, Titans and Young Justice: Outsiders, was revealed in April 2017. That November, a Harley Quinn half-hour animated series was announced for the service. In January 2018, a Superman prequel series titled Metropolis was announced, focusing on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor. In May 2018, the live-action series Swamp Thing and Doom Patrol were announced, and Metropolis was being redeveloped. In July, a live-action Stargirl series was announced, which would also feature additional members of the Justice Society of America. A month later, the daily news program DC Daily was announced.
DC Universe launched in the U.S. on September 15, 2018, and is available on iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Xbox One in addition to web and mobile web access. Each subscription to DC Universe can be used on two devices at a time. Pre-orders for the streaming service became available starting on July 19, 2018, while an early beta-version was made available to select users in August 2018.
DC Universe is currently available only in the United States. At Fan Expo Canada 2018, DC editor Dan DiDio claimed the service was being beta tested in Canada with plans to launch at an unspecified date. Meanwhile, several original shows from the service were acquired by Corus Entertainment (for broadcast on its Teletoon, Adult Swim (Canada), and Showcase cable networks), while Doom Patrol was acquired by Bell Media for its CTV Sci-Fi Channel.
|DC Daily||News program||September 15, 2018||1 season||243 (as of August 30, 2019[update])||Ongoing|
|Titans||Action/Drama/Superhero||October 12, 2018||2 seasons||12 episodes||Season 2 ongoing|
|Doom Patrol||Comedy-drama/Superhero||February 15, 2019||1 season||15 episodes||Season 2 due to premiere in 2020|
|Swamp Thing||Horror/Superhero||May 31, 2019||1 season||10 episodes||Cancelled|
|Young Justice: Outsiders||Superhero||January 4, 2019||1 season||26 episodes||Renewed|
Upcoming original programming
|Harley Quinn||Adult animation/Comedy/Superhero||October 2019|
Films and television series
At launch, the service included the four Christopher Reeve Superman films, Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, animated television series Batman: The Animated Series, Static Shock, Young Justice, Teen Titans, Batman Beyond, Batman: The Brave and the Bold, and Justice League, live-action television series Lois & Clark and Wonder Woman, the latter remastered in high-definition, and animated films including Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Green Lantern: First Flight, and Wonder Woman, among others. Content is updated on a monthly basis.
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