DC Universe Retooling as Comic Book Service; Originals Moving to HBO Max

DC Universe’s time as a streaming service is coming to an end.

Beginning Jan. 21, 2001, the WarnerMedia-owned SVOD service dedicated to comic book-themed programming will transform into DC Universe Infinite, a premium digital comic book service with access to more than 24,000 digital comic books at launch. DC Universe Infinite will expand globally in Summer 2021.

Video content based on DC Comics characters, such as the original television programs offered on DC Universe, will move to WarnerMedia’s new HBO Max SVOD service, which launched in May.

Indeed, the phasing out of DC Universe as a streaming service was seen as inevitable by many observers after WarnerMedia and parent company AT&T announced they were leveraging their considerable content library to form a new SVOD service to compete with the likes of Netflix and Disney+. The consolidation of Warner’s various services began over the summer with the discontinuation of standalone HBO app HBO Go.

DC Universe launched in September 2018 with original programming, catalog superhero movies and TV shows, a rotating selection of digital comics and a merchandise store. The service’s “DC Daily” news and discussion show was canceled in June, another portent of the ultimate fate of the service.

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HBO Max will be the new home for all seasons of DC Universe originals such as “Titans,” “Doom Patrol,” “Young Justice,” “Stargirl” and “Harley Quinn.”

This includes the upcoming third seasons of live-action “Titans” and “Doom Patrol,” and the fourth season of animated “Young Justice,” which has been dubbed Young Justice: Phantoms.

In addition, HBO Max has ordered a third season of the popular animated series “Harley Quinn,” starring Kaley Cuoco as the voice of the famous Batman villain. Marketing for the third season implies the show will explore a potential romantic relationship between Harley and her longtime pal, Poison Ivy.

Previously, availability of the second season of “Doom Patrol” was shared between DC Universe and HBO Max when episodes were released on a weekly basis over the summer. The first two seasons of “Harley Quinn” became available on HBO Max Aug. 1.

Episodes from the first season of DC’s “Stargirl” were presented on DC Universe on a Monday and aired on the CW the next day. For season two, all episodes will originate on the CW. Season one will be available on HBO Max.

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For fans who want to keep the DC originals shows, through Oct. 30 DC Universe subscribers can upgrade their service to include HBO Max for an additional $4.99 per month. DC Universe Infinite is offered at $7.99 per month or $74.99 per year. Subscribers will not need to create a new account as their DC Universe login will automatically transfer to DC Universe Infinite. Fans who keep their subscriptions or sign up by launch date will receive DC Shop voucher that can be used to purchase DC merchandise: $25 for annual members, $10 for monthly members.

DC Universe Infinite subscribers will also have access to digital-first comics, member access to DC fan events, as well as a steady stream of recently released comics six months after their physical versions hit store shelves. The fan-community area will be free to all registered and premium DC subscribers, with a full calendar of events planned for 2021.

“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!”

 

‘Stranger Things’ Tops Parrot Digital Originals Chart For Week Ended July 4

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” took the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended July 4, its third consecutive week at No. 1. The popular series had 65.3 times the demand of the average series, while demand for the show dropped 1.1% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Dark” jumped to No. 2, from No. 7 the previous week. The German sci-fi drama had a 61.9% rise in demand and was 56.9 times more in demand than the average show. A third and final season of the show was released June 27.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” dropped a spot to No. 3 for the week, earning 46.6 times average demand with expressions down 1.9%.

The DC Universe platform’s “Harley Quinn” animated series slid to No. 4 with a 9.1% drop in expressions and 43.1 times demand over the average.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol,” which is now also available on Warner’s HBO Max streaming service, climbed five spots to No. 5 with 41.7 times average demand and expressions up 26.7%. Season two of the superhero series premiered June 25.

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A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

The top overall TV series was again Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 103.3 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 4 on the overall TV list.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

‘The Twilight Zone’ Top Rising Show, ‘Dark’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

CBS All Access’s “The Twilight Zone” was the top rising show and Netflix’s “Dark” was the top binge on the TV Time charts for the week ended June 28.

The third and final season of “Dark” hit Netflix June 27. The series reaches its mind-bending conclusion, moving beyond the concept of space and time. Upon arrival in a new world, Jonas tries to make sense of what this rendition of Winden means for his own fate, while the ones left behind in the other world are left on a quest to break the loop that now not only bends time but also space. The series was also No. 3 on the rising show chart.

No. 2 on the binge chart was the ABC sitcom “Modern Family.” Taking the bronze was Netflix’s supernatural horror series “The Order,” season two of which hit screens June 18.

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Top rising show, CBS All Access’s “The Twilight Zone” is a reboot of the classic episodic series hosted and produced by Jordan Peele. It dropped a second season June 25.

DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol,” which also premiered on HBO Max, took the silver on the rising show chart. Based on the comic books, the series dropped the first episode of season two June 25.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended June 28 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Dark” (Netflix) — 3.46%
  2. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 2.70%
  3. “The Order” (Netflix) — 2.57%
  4. “13 Reasons Why” (Netflix) — 2.23%
  5. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.66%
  6. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.54%
  7. “Dynasty” (The CW) — 1.51%
  8. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.28%
  9. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.23%
  10. “The 100” (The CW) — 1.22%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended June 28 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “The Twilight Zone” (CBS All Access) — 94.3%
  2. “Doom Patrol” (DC Universe/HBO Max) — 82.7%
  3. “Dark” (Netflix) — 81.3%
  4. “Floor Is Lava” (Netflix) — 49%
  5. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (VH1) — 43.2%
  6. “It’s Okay to Not Be Okay” (TVN) — 40.2%
  7. “Adventure Time” (Cartoon Network) — 15.8%
  8. “The Sinner” (USA) — 15.4%
  9. “Food Wars! Shokugeki no Soma” (Tokyo MX) — 14.4%
  10. “Erkenci Kus” (Star TV) — 10.5%

First Season of DC’s ‘Stargirl’ on Disc Sept. 29

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Stargirl: The Complete First Season on Blu-ray Disc and DVD Sept. 29.

The discs will include all 13 episodes from the first season of the superhero series. The Blu-ray will also include a digital copy of the season. Episodes will also be available for purchase through digital retailers.

Based on the DC Comics character created by Geoff Johns, “Stargirl” follows high school sophomore Courtney Whitmore (Brec Bassinger), who tries to re-form the long-lost superhero group the Justice Society of America to battle a team of supervillains. She seeks guidance in her quest from her stepfather, Pat Dugan (Luke Wilson), the former sidekick to original JSA member Starman, whose cosmic staff gives Courtney her power.

The cast also includes Yvette Monreal, Anjelika Washington, Cameron Gellman, Trae Romano, Jake Austin Walker, Hunter Sansone, Meg DeLacy, Neil Jackson, Christopher James Baker and Amy Smart.

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The series is currently midway through airing its first season, with the season finale slated for August. Episodes debut Mondays on the DC Universe streaming service and are presented the next day on the CW network.

‘Stranger Things’ Returns to Top of Parrot Digital Originals Demand Chart, Pushing ’13 Reasons Why’ to No. 2

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” returned to the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended June 20.

The popular series had dropped to No. 2 the previous week, but was back on top of the digital originals chart with 64.7 times the demand of the average series. Demand for the show was actually down 1.7% from the previous week.

The previous week’s top title, Netflix’s “13 Reasons Why,” dropped to No. 2 after a 19% drop in demand expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure demand for TV content. It was 64.6 times more in demand than the average show.

The Disney+ live-action “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained No. 3 for the week, earning 49.8 times average demand with expressions down 2.3%.

The DC Universe platform’s “Harley Quinn” animated series climbed a spot to No. 4, with a 10.7% rise in expressions and 45.7 times demand over the average. The finale of season two debuts June 26.

The Disney+ animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” dropped to No. 5 with 42.9 times average demand and expressions down 3.6%.

A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

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DC Universe’s “Doom Patrol” climbed to No. 8 from No. 28 the previous week after a new trailer for its upcoming second season, which begins June 25. It had 31.7 times average demand, with expressions up 58%.

Another DC Universe show, “Stargirl,” also cracked the top 10 for the first time, moving to No. 9, from No. 12 the previous week. The latest series based on DC Comics characters is technically a digital original, since its episodes debut on the DC Universe platform a day before they air on the CW. “Stargirl” had 30.1 times average demand and was up 0.25% in expressions.

The top overall TV series was again Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” with 100.3 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 5 on the overall TV list.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

DC’s ‘Stargirl’ Top Rising Show, CW’s ‘Dynasty’ Top Binge on TV Time Charts

DC’s “Stargirl” was the top rising show and the CW’s “Dynasty” was the top binge on the TV Time charts for the week ended May 24.

“Stargirl,” based on the DC comics character, debuted on the DC Universe streaming service May 18 airing the following day on The CW. It follows a high school sophomore who discovers a cosmic staff.

Taking the silver on the rising chart was TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” which premiered May 17. The futuristic drama follows up on the graphic novel and the 2013 film from Bong Joon-ho (Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite). Seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland, the series follows the passengers of the Snowpiercer train while exploring class warfare and the politics of survival.

“Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series,” season two of which debuted May 22 on Netflix, came in at No. 3 on the rising show chart. The Canadian animated mockumentary TV series focuses on the misadventures of a group of trailer park residents, some of whom are ex-convicts, living in the fictional Sunnyvale Trailer Park in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia.

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Top binge “Dynasty” is a reboot of the 1980s soap opera. It led perennial binges “Friends” and “The Office,” at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, on the binge chart.

TV Time is a free TV viewership tracking app that tracks consumers’ viewing habits worldwide and is visited by more than 1 million consumers every day, according to the service. The weekly “Binge Report” ranks shows with the most binge sessions. A binge session is when four or more episodes of a show are watched and tracked in the app in a given day. The “Shows on the Rise” chart is calculated by determining the week-over-week growth in episodes watched for a given program. The network displayed is the network where the show first aired (e.g. “Friends” on NBC).

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 Top Binge Shows Week Ended May 24 by Share of Binges:

  1. “Dynasty” (The CW) — 2.18%
  2. “Friends” (NBC) — 1.71%
  3. “The Office” (NBC) — 1.68%
  4. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (NBC) — 1.48%
  5. “Dead to Me” (Netflix) — 1.46%
  6. “Modern Family” (ABC) — 1.40%
  7. “Grey’s Anatomy” (ABC) — 1.32%
  8. “The 100” (The CW) — 1.31%
  9. “How to Get Away With Murder” (ABC) — 1.28%
  10. “Skam Italia” (TIMvision) — 1.24%

 

Top “Shows on the Rise” Week Ended May 24 by Rise Ratio:

  1. “Stargirl” (DC Universe) — 99.9%
  2. “Snowpiercer” (TNT) — 99.7%
  3. “Trailer Park Boys: The Animated Series” (Netflix) — 96.4%
  4. “Selling Sunset” (Netflix) — 92.4%
  5. “Homecoming” (Amazon) — 88.1%
  6. “Super Dragon Ball Heroes” (YouTube) — 79.3%
  7. “Ex on the Beach” (MTV Brazil) — 79.1%
  8. “Inhuman Resources” (Arte) — 73.5%
  9. “Dynasty” (The CW) — 70.7%
  10. “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” (Netflix) — 65.4%

‘Stranger Things’ Back Over ‘Star Wars’ on Parrot’s Digital Originals Demand Chart

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” returned to the top spot on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended May 23.

A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

“Stranger Things,” which was No. 3 the previous week, had 61 times more demand in the United States than the average TV show in the market based on average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure demand for TV content. Parrot changed its charts to reflect the relative demand metric in a given week, rather than the objective raw expressions number.

The previous week’s most in-demand digital original, the Disney+ animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” slid to No. 2 after four weeks in the top spot. It was 60.7 times more in-demand over the average.

Another Disney+ “Star Wars” spinoff series, the live-action “The Mandalorian,” slipped to No. 3 with 51.9 times average demand.

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The DC Universe animated series “Harley Quinn” rose two spots to No. 4 with 40 times the demand.

The superhero series “Titans,” a chart mainstay from the DC Universe streaming service, dropped to No. 5, drawing 39.3 times the average demand.

The biggest leap onto the top 10 was Netflix’s “She-Ra and the Princesses of Power,” climbing to No. 10 from No. 28 the previous week. It had 29.2 times average demand.

The top overall TV series was Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants” with 86.3 times average demand. “Stranger Things” was No. 6 on the overall TV list.

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Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures demand for TV content in a given market through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites. Results are expressed as a comparison with the average demand for a TV show of any kind in the market.

‘DC’s Stargirl’ Top New, ‘The 100’ Top Returning Show on TV Time Anticipated Series Chart for May

“DC’s Stargirl” was the most anticipated new show, while “The 100” was the top anticipated returning show on the TV Time chart for May.

“DC’s Stargirl,” based on the DC comics character, debuts on DC Universe May 18 and will air the following day on The CW. It follows a high school sophomore who discovers a cosmic staff.

The seventh and final season of dystopian drama and top returning show “The 100” premieres May 20 on The CW.

Taking the silver on the new show chart was TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” premiering May 17. The futuristic drama follows up on the graphic novel and the 2013 film from Bong Joon-ho (Best Picture Oscar winner Parasite). Seven years after the world becomes a frozen wasteland, the series follows the passengers of the Snowpiercer train while exploring class warfare and the politics of survival.

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Upcoming Netflix series took the third and fourth spots on the new show chart. “Hollywood” (No. 3) is a Ryan Murphy drama that follows a group of aspiring actors in post-World War II Los Angeles who try to make it big despite the entertainment industry’s unfair power dynamics. “Space Force” (No. 4), created by Greg Daniels and Steve Carell, is a workplace comedy centering on people tasked with establishing the sixth branch of the U.S. military — The United States Space Force.

Rounding out the new show chart at No. 5 was Amazon Prime’s sci-fi series “Upload,” which follows a young app developer who meets an early death in a future world where humans are able to “upload” themselves into their preferred choice of afterlife.

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Coming in at No. 2 on the returning show chart was Netflix’s black dramedy “Dead to Me,” season two of which premieres May 8. At No. 3 was ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” The series mounts its seventh and final season May 27. The fourth season of “Skam Italia” (No. 4) focuses on Sana, a second-generation Muslim Italian girl, as she faces new challenges, love interests, and the balance between Muslim values ​​and those of Italian society. All 10 episodes will be released May 15 via Netflix Italy and Timvision. Rounding out the top five returning shows was Netflix’s animated series “The Hollow,” season two of which hits screens May 8.

 

Most Anticipated New Shows for May:

  1. “DC’s Stargirl” (DC Universe) — May 18
  2. “Snowpiercer” (TNT) — May 17
  3. “Hollywood” (Netflix) — May 1
  4. “Space Force” (Netflix) — May 29
  5. “Upload” (Amazon Prime) — May 1

 

Most Anticipated Returning Shows for May:

  1. “The 100” (CW) — May 20
  2. “Dead to Me” (Netflix) — May 8
  3. “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (ABC) — May 27
  4. “Skam Italia” (Netflix Italy/Timvision) — May 15
  5. “The Hollow” (Netflix) — May 8

First Season of ‘Harley Quinn’ Due on DVD June 2

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Harley Quinn: The Complete First Season on DVD June 2.

The DVD will include all 13 episodes from the first season of the animated series that debuted on the DC Universe streaming service. The show is currently in its second season on DC Universe.

Based on the character from Batman’s rogues gallery, the show stars Kaley Cuoco (“The Big Bang Theory) as the voice of Harley Quinn, who has broken up with the Joker and vows to become the Queenpin of Gotham City with the help of her fellow villain Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) and a crew of minor criminal characters. Her ultimate goal is a seat at the biggest table in villainy — the Legion of the Doom.

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The voice cast also includes Jason Alexander as Sy Borgman, Tony Hale as Doctor Psycho and Felix Faust, J.B. Smoove as Frank the Plant, Alan Tudyk as Joker, Ron Funches as King Shark, Wanda Sykes as Queen of Fables, Christopher Meloni as Commissioner Gordon, Jacob Tremblay as Robin, and Diedrich Bader as Batman.

Bader previously voiced the Caped Crusader on “Batman: The Brave and the Bold.”

‘Mandalorian’ Tops Parrot’s Originals Chart for Third Week; ‘Picard’ Up to No. 5

The Disney+ “Star Wars” series “The Mandalorian” remained at No. 1 on Parrot Analytics’ digital originals rankings the week ended Feb. 1, its third straight week on top.

A “digital original” is Parrot’s term for a multi-episode series in which the most recent season was first made available on a streaming platform such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or Disney+.

For the week, “The Mandalorian” registered 74.9 million average daily Demand Expressions, the proprietary metric used by Parrot Analytics to measure global demand for TV content. That was down 14.5% in expressions compared with the previous week.

On Parrot’s list of overall TV shows, including broadcast and cable, “Mandalorian” was No. 3, unseated after two weeks by NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants.”

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Netflix’s “The Witcher” was again No. 2 on the digital originals chart, with 71 million expressions, down 11.6% from the previous week.

Netflix’s “Stranger Things” stayed at No. 3 on the digital originals chart,  registering 62.9 million expressions, down 7.3% from the previous week.

No. 4 on the originals chart was the animated “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” series, the seventh season of which will debut on Disney+ Feb. 21. It had 57.7 million expressions, a slight 1% bump from the previous week, when it also would have been No. 4 on the originals chart had Parrot counted it as an original instead of instead of grouping it solely with the broadcast and cable shows (it was No. 9 among all TV shows the previous week).

There are numerous reasons why classifying “The Clone Wars” as a digital original makes sense despite the new season not yet being available. For one, the sixth season debuted on Netflix, which fits the criteria for classifying a show as a digital original when its most-recent season debuts on a streaming service. Second, all the episodes of the series, and its premiere movie, are available now on Disney+, and much of the buzz around the series is attributable to the upcoming new season and its recent trailer anyway. Since when the season arrives, any demand expressions will still be attributed to the show as a whole, not individual seasons, it’s reasonable to attribute the show’s current demand to its upcoming status as a Disney+ original.

The new CBS All Access series “Star Trek: Picard,” which debuted Jan. 23, joins the originals top 10 at No. 5, up from No. 13 the previous week. The show, which picks up the adventures of Capt. Jean-Luc Picard 20 years after the events of the most-recent “Star Trek: The Next Generation” movie, had 55.4 million expressions, a 101.9% bounce.

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The Demand Expressions metric draws from a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.

Media Play News has teamed with Parrot Analytics to provide readers with a weekly top 10 of the most popular digital original TV series in the United States, based on the firm’s  proprietary metric called Demand Expressions, which measures global demand for TV content through a wide variety of data sources, including video streaming, social media activity, photo sharing, blogging, commenting on fan and critic rating platforms, and downloading and streaming via peer-to-peer protocols and file sharing sites.