DC Universe was an American video-on-demand streaming
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 included 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. The service won the 2020 Webby People's Voice Award for Media Streaming
. In August 2020, it was revealed that all remaining original programming on the service would eventually move to HBO Max
, and the following month, DC announced the service would be relaunched as DC Universe Infinite
, solely a digital comics subscription service, on January 21, 2021.
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, manages the service.
The service's first slate of programming, ''Titans
'' and ''Young Justice: Outsiders
'', was revealed in April 2017.
That November, ''Harley Quinn
'', a 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.
That 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.
In June 2020, it was announced that DC Universe would be offering its subscribers the HBO Max
streaming service at a discounted price of a month; this applied to new HBO Max subscribers. At the end of July 2020, DC Universe no longer offered the yearly subscription option for the service. In August 2020, DC Comics publisher Jim Lee
revealed that all original programming would be migrated over to HBO Max. Speaking to the community aspect of DC Universe, as well as the ability to access the backlog of comics titles, Lee said "there is always going to be a need for that" and that DC was looking at ways to transform the platform so that content would not go away.
In September 2020, DC announced that the service would change its name to DC Universe Infinite
and become solely a digital comics subscription service on January 21, 2021. DC Universe subscriptions would automatically transfer over to DC Universe Infinite.
Regarding the original programming, ''Young Justice'' seasons 1–4, ''Titans'' season 1–3, ''Doom Patrol'' seasons 1–3, the first season of ''Stargirl'', and ''Harley Quinn'' seasons 1-3 moved to HBO Max to become Max Original series, with new DC series and "key DC classics" also being available on HBO Max.
DC Universe launched in the U.S. on September 15, 2018,
and was available on iOS
, Apple TV
, Android TV
, Amazon Fire TV
, and Xbox One
in addition to web and mobile web access.
Each subscription to DC Universe could 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.
Live-action series were streamed in 4K Ultra HD HDR
DC Universe was only available 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
, and Showcase
cable networks), while ''Doom Patrol
'' was acquired by Bell Media
for its CTV Sci-Fi Channel
'' was distributed internationally on Netflix
''BizarroTV'', an anthology series, was announced in October 2019 as being in development, and had an expected release date in 2020. It was unclear if it will migrate to an HBO Max Original series when the service became DC Universe Infinite.
Films and television series
At launch, the service included the four live-action Christopher Reeve ''Superman'' films
, ''Batman Begins
'' and ''The Dark Knight
'', animated television series ''Batman: The Animated Series
'', ''Static Shock
'', ''Young Justice
'', ''Teen Titans
'', ''Batman: The Brave and the Bold
'', and ''Justice League
live-action television series ''Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
'' and ''Wonder Woman
'', the last remastered in high-definition,
and animated films including ''Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
'', ''Green Lantern: First Flight
'', and ''Wonder Woman
among others. Content was updated on a monthly basis.
In March 2019, the service added the 1970s live-action series ''Shazam!
DC Universe won the 2020 Webby People's Voice Award for Media Streaming
in the category Web.
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