The DC Universe subscription service officially launched on the weekend with the first original series for it, “Titans,” slated to premiere on October 12th.
Warner Bros. Digital Networks president Craig Hunegs spoke with Variety this week and confirmed the plan to release one new episode of an original series each week starting with “Titans”. Previously announced shows like “Doom Patrol,” “Swamp Thing,” “Stargirl” and animated series like “Harley Quinn” and “Young Justice: Outsiders” should provide enough new content to fill that quota – each likely to be released sequentially in the same timeslot after a season of another series ends.
Should it go well though, the plan is to increase the level to two new episodes per week by 2020, most likely keeping up the rate of new shows launched whilst renewing pre-existing series. On top of that comes the more interesting reveal – Warners is reportedly trying to land a licensing deal for “Titans” so that it will be available on a service outside of DC Universe.
The trade reports that this licensing deal would only be for outside of the United States, and would be very similar to the one done by shows such as “Star Trek: Discovery,” “American Gods,” “Riverdale,” “Black Lightning,” “Better Call Saul” and upcoming series like “Snowpiercer” and “Nightflyers” which are on Netflix, Amazon or overseas SVOD services like Sky Now TV in the UK or Stan in Australia.
Overseas licensing deals for SVOD can prove very fruitful, at times covering the entire cost of production on certain series and proving key to their chances of renewal or even being greenlit in the first place – such as with ‘Discovery’ which had a first season budget clock in at a whopping $125 million. Should it be successful with “Titans,” numerous shows from the service could follow suit.