WB, DC Comics to launch a DC-themed streaming video service

On the heels of the recent Boomerang streaming video service launch comes news of yet another streaming service from Time Warner. This week, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment announced that they’re launching a DC Comics themed streaming video service. Shows exclusive to the service include the long-anticipated live-action “Teen Titans” series; there’ll also be the return of “Young Justice” for a third season. To quote part of the press release:

Warner Bros. Television and DC Entertainment today announced that executive producers Akiva Goldsman, Geoff Johns, Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter are teaming up for the all-new live-action drama series “Titans,” which will debut in 2018. Additionally, Warner Bros. Animation’s “Young Justice: Outsiders,” the highly anticipated third season of the popular “Young Justice” series, is also ramping up for its first mission next year.

Both fan-driven series are in early stages of production and will air exclusively on a DC-branded direct-to-consumer digital service in 2018. Operated by Warner Bros. Digital Networks Group, the new digital service will deliver an immersive experience designed just for DC fans.

Pros

Young JusticeOn the the plus side, fans of “Young Justice” will be pleased that the show’s returning. That alone might get them to pay for this currently-unnamed service. (Just as CBS is hoping “Star Trek” fans will pay for CBS All Access just for a new planned “Trek” series.)

As for material, DC/WB have plenty to draw from for this service; there’s a big library of TV shows going back to “The Adventures of Superman” from the 1950s. A streaming service with everything from “Super Friends” and “Lois and Clark” to “Smallville” and “Krypto the Superdog” might be a draw for fans. Some of these shows are either hard to find on home video or haven’t aired on TV in years.

Cons

On the down side, it’s yet another streaming service one will have to pay for. I still stand by my earlier post on streaming service recommendations: go with three streaming services at the most; if you need more, either consider buying the DVDs/digital videos, rethink your TV watching habits, or stick with cable.

There’s also whether all of these competing services will be sustainable in the long run, as Android Authority notes. What the streaming landscape will be like in five years (especially if the Trump-led FCC gets its wish to gut net neutrality) is anyone’s guess.

I wonder if the existing Boomerang streaming service could already have handled the animated shows in question? Shows like “Super Friends” and the 2000s “Teen Titans” are longtime Boomerang mainstays. I guess fans of both Beast Boy and Bugs Bunny will have to pay for two WB-owned streaming services?

Finally, getting everything from “Superman: The Animated Series” to “Gotham” will require pulling these shows from any existing streaming service agreements. (Or not renewing the agreements when they expire.) That might irritate fans used to getting their Harley Quinn fill from a service they were already paying for (like Amazon Prime).

Do you have any interest in this streaming service?

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