Netflix Gets International Rights for DC's Titans TV Series
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? NO! Its region locking!
DC Universe is DC Comics' own dedicated streaming service. It launched in the USA in September 2018, and provides access to DC comics content and new original TV series, for a monthly payment. Great for those with access, however, if you’re not in the US, it means you can't sign up. No sign up, no DC original content.One of the most hyped TV shows is DC’s ‘Titans’. It will be an 11-episode series and is set to premiere on the 12th of October 2018. DC has opted for a weekly release schedule rather than, like Netflix, dumping them in one go.
Even with a deal in place, there is no news on how long viewers will have to wait before each new episode appears on Netflix. The general trend is that American shows, whose rights are sold to Netflix internationally, appear the day after they're made available in the US. This is what happened with ‘Star Trek: Discovery’. However, the latest season of 'Rick & Morty' had a week-long gap.
Netflix has picked up the rights for every country except the US and China. This makes sense as DC Universe is only available in the US and Netflix isn't actually available in China.
The problem for international DC lovers is that a key selling point for DC Universe is the bundling of the comic books. New TV shows and movies are great but many consumers, outside the US, will be annoyed that they are missing out.
Another problem for DC fans is that original series like ‘Doom Patrol’ or ‘Young Justice: Outsiders’ don't have an international release partner. Because of this, we have no idea if we will ever get them in Europe or the UK.
Part of Netflix’s success is that they are in almost every country and can, therefore, offer all their original content to those countries. Why have DC chosen to limit themselves to just the US? We have seen before that region limiting often leads to higher rates of piracy. If you make an easy-to-use and non-region locked streaming service, consumers tend to be happy to pay. It’s a shame that DC fans won’t get the full DC Universe experience.
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