As expected, DC announced changes this week to its DC Universe app, as it shifts from an “all-in-one” video/comic delivery system into one that focuses mainly on comics. The service was launched in 2018.
Original TV shows like Titans, Young Justice, Doom Patrol and Stargirl were once the big selling point of the platform, but all of those properties are finding new homes now, mostly on HBO Max, but also on The CW, in Stargirl‘s case. The release states that original shows and “classics” — as the app included many older DC movies and shows as well — will migrate to places like HBO Max, but the price point will stay the same. The service costs $7.99 a month, or $74.99 for one year (even with the loss of content).
“Our fans love the platform’s robust library of comic books and, with the transformation, we will not disappoint,” said DC Publisher and Chief Creative Officer Jim Lee. “I’m excited to share that not only will DC Universe Infinite members still be able to read all of the great comics that they’ve enjoyed but new issues are debuting on the platform quicker than before, digital first exclusives are being created, and the members-only events will begin as soon as possible. There has never been a better time to be a DC fan!”
So what exactly is changing?
- Well, the name of course, as it’ll now be called DC Universe Infinite.
- Video content moves over to AT&T’s shiny new toy, HBO Max. Current subscribers to the DC Universe app can add on HBO Max for $4.99/month through Oct. 30. HBO Max on its own costs $14.99/month, so you could get the DC Universe app/HBO Max package for less than that, which isn’t a bad deal.
- Currently subscribers can access DC’s comics a year after their on-sale date; with the launch of DCUI, that wait will be chopped in half to six months.
- Subscribers will have early access to the DC Digital First line, which includes titles like Batman: Gotham Nights, DCeased: Hope at World’s End, Harley Quinn: Black + White + Red and Injustice: Year Zero. DC debuted a lot of these titles during the pandemic and Diamond shutdown, and they’ve continued to keep them rolling out on digital platforms.
- In addition, they plan to have “DC Universe Infinite Originals,” which would be specifically made for the service. No specific titles or release dates were given.
- They’ll be keeping their community area, and promise “a full calendar of events planned for 2021.” They don’t give any further details, but DC FanDome has set the bar high for them.
So the new service is likely more comparable to Marvel Unlimited now, as it is mainly an all-you-can-eat comics delivery system. Marvel Unlimited’s monthly cost is $9.99, or $69 if you pay for a full year.
DC Universe Infinite is expected to launch in January 2021.