'DC Universe' Digital Streaming Service Entering Beta in August, Coming to iOS and tvOS [Updated With Pricing]

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DC Comics today revealed new details about its upcoming "DC Universe" streaming platform, which will hit iOS and tvOS devices this fall. Before that time, the company will launch a beta of the platform in August, allowing a small group of users to test out DC Universe before a wide rollout.

The main draw of the service will be exclusive TV shows that feature popular DC characters, including live action shows like Titans, Doom Patrol, and Swamp Thing, and animated series like Young Justice: Outsiders and Harley Quinn.


Existing DC films and TV shows will also be available on DC Universe, like Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, the original Christopher Reeve Superman movies, Lois and Clark, and Lynda Carter's Wonder Woman series, available for the first time in HD.

“DC UNIVERSE is so much more than a streaming service. It’s a welcoming place for everyone to immerse themselves in their own level of DC fandom, with the epic characters, stories, and experiences they have come to expect from DC,” said Jim Lee, chief creative officer and publisher, DC Entertainment.

“We are investing in and creating original, high-quality shows including the new Titans series, and curating the most beloved nostalgic content, while at the same time elevating the comic reading experience to new heights. Nothing this robust has ever been offered to fans before.”

Additionally, DC revealed that DC Universe will house more than just TV shows and movies, but also include comics, a merchandise shop, community forums, an interactive encyclopedia of DC characters, and more. Comics will include both modern and classic digital series, from Action Comics #1 and the first appearance of Superman to the recent "Rebirth" event -- and even support reading on big screen apps like Apple TV.

Members of DC UNIVERSE can:

WATCH exclusive originals and classic favorites;
READ from an extensive list of curated comic books;
CONNECT with the DC community;
EXPLORE the latest breaking news and the ever-expanding DC encyclopedia;
WIN premium rewards and participate in sweepstakes and contests;
SHOP for exclusive merchandise.

As of now, DC has not hinted at how much subscribers will be paying monthly for DC Universe. The platform will be entering a heavily saturated market of streaming services (soon to include Apple), but its focus on popular characters in the DC canon should prove to be favorable and worth a monthly subscription for some users.


Disney is also planning its own streaming service for launch at the end of 2018, which is rumored to bundle Marvel, Star Wars, Pixar, and Walt Disney Animation Studios content under one monthly price. After Disney announced it will remove its TV shows and films from Netflix beginning this year, rumors swirled that Marvel would be getting its own dedicated service -- like DC Universe -- but Disney CEO Bob Iger quickly denied those rumors and confirmed Marvel will be found alongside Disney's content in the upcoming streaming app.

For DC Universe, the service will launch on desktop, iOS, Android, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Google Chromecast this fall, and those interested can sign up to be among the first to receive beta news on the company's website.

Comic-Con Update: Warner Bros. has announced that DC Universe will cost $74.99 per year or $7.99 per month, and users are now available to pre-order their subscriptions for the service at the $74.99 annual fee. Anyone who chooses to pre-order before launch will also get an additional three months of DC Universe at no cost.

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31 months ago
Heard their apps only work in dark mode.
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31 months ago
Moving from physical media to streaming service was a great move. Moving streaming to so many platforms with exclusive content is terrible.
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31 months ago

No need to defend. Just enjoy what you love and just try to enjoy both universe. I actually find it silly for humans to choose a team or a side and defend it hard like they really a part of it - not only in comics, even in tech, sports, etc...

I mean, for example in sports. They only choose a team. They didn't contribute anything to make them win but they cheer and diss other people like they really did something to make their team win. You know, even their water/towel boy who contributed a bit, is not that happy as much as those kind of fans. Silly right?

This. The majority (maybe all) of news media wants us to believe weighing in on any topic or issue requires complete polarization to such an extreme degree that simple disagreement is an act of hatred. This dynamic has bled into virtually all aspects of life, even into something as relatively mundane as MacRumors. I know some very intelligent people who have sacrificed critical thinking for letting their truth be governed almost exclusively by commercial news outlets. Silly indeed.
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31 months ago
As a lifelong DC fan, I have been very disappointed with them in terms of competing with Marvel. They have kicked our behinds for years now and much credit and respect to them for building an even bigger fan base with their productions. I hope this is a step in that direction in getting their act together and put out great DC tv, movie, and streaming products DC fans would be proud to defend.
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31 months ago
Just what we need... another streaming service!
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31 months ago

It's human nature. To act otherwise is aberrant behavior. Depending on the level of fandom, some would say it's abhorrent behavior. :p:D

I guess you're right, but I think a lot of the problems humanity face is because of the seemingly common lacking ability to try and think outside one's own head.
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