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My Issues With The DC Universe Streaming Service

The DC Universe launched in September 2018, and to be honest, I was pretty excited by the prospect of the new service. Albeit I’m from the UK, but like most streaming services that launch in the US, they eventually come to the UK.

Fast forward to May 2020, and there are still zero plans to bring it over to the UK. This is my first major issue. Disney+ launched in the US in November 2019, and as of now it’s already in the UK, plus other countries.

What’s the holdup? Well, after checking multiple sources it seems as of right now there’s still no word on not only when, but even if it’s planning to expand to other countries. This makes zero sense.

They release shows such as Doom Patrol, and TITANS on exclusive terms, and release to other streaming apps such as Netflix months later – thus making these shows the highest pirated shows worldwide.

Surely enough they would have seen this, and you can only imagine the revenue they’ve lost. Granted, you can access the app in other countries using a VPN but is it really worth the hassle?

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Moving on to my next issue – is it worth the hassle? I don’t know. That’s up to you to decide. However, my disappointment switches to the lack of content. In the US it’s around $7.99 to sign up in comparison to Disney+, which is $6.99 per month and around £5.99 in the UK.

For me, that’s a considerable difference comparing the content on both the apps themselves.

After Disney+ was pretty much announced, all TV by Marvel was subsequently cancelled, and a lot of shows announced for the app. Mandalorian, Loki, Falcon & The Winter Soldier, WandaVision, Ms. Marvel, She-Hulk, Moon Knight, and more. All connecting to the MCU.

As of right now, DC has shows on the app, CW, HBO, and even more recently the Sy-Fy channel. It’s messy, and sometimes difficult to keep up.

I love the CW shows, but again, this is content that is not available to the UK in normal routes without waiting months, leading to further cases of piracy issues. This could all be solved (whilst making money) if this content was on the streaming app, and made available through other countries.

DC has some incredibly strong content already on there, that’s a given. Especially the animated stuff, but it’s just let down by the poor management.

There was even talks a while ago (I’m unsure if these are true) that the app was struggling financially, and if true, does this surprise you? However, could this be the reason it hasn’t branched out to other countries?

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Whatever the case may be, I am disappointed not to see the app come here. Regardless of what I think of the content, I’m a huge DC fan and I would sign up without hesitation. Just for TITANS alone, it’s worth the money.

The app has an overwhelming amount of potential to be a powerhouse, and even rival the likes of Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon and that is what disappoints me more than anything.

I can binge-watch most of the Arrow show on Amazon Prime, but imagine if the DC Universe App connected each Arrowverse show concurrently so you didn’t have to switch out?

Do you have the DC App? If so, what are your thoughts on it? We would love to know, and I would imagine a lot of the fans in other countries that don’t have access to it would love to know your thoughts.

Let us down in the comment section below.

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Daniel Lewandowski

27 years old. Founder, and owner of Comic Universe. Journalist specializing in the Arrowverse shows, and the MCU. Creator of the Comic Universe website.

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