Crisis of infinite streaming services

Age of the Geek Column: The new season of "Luke Cage" is on Netflix.

Hulu has the latest movie in the "Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin" series.

YouTube Premium's "Cobra Kai" has been one of the most pleasant surprises of the year.

I am hopelessly behind in watching "One Piece" and the new season of "Lupin the 3rd."

And even Amazon Prime has some must watch shows like "The Tick" and "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel."

So why not throw yet another digital streaming service onto the list!

Warner Bros. has finally revealed new information about DC Universe, their dedicated streaming service for everything from the 1940s Max Fleischer Superman cartoons to modern DC Animated movies. It will have Linda Carter's Wonder Woman, Christopher Reeve's Superman, Michael Keaton's Batman, and everything in between. From what I've seen, the only notable omissions are the various CW super-hero shows and any live action film made after the turn of the century.

But along with being a one-stop shop for the 384 episodes in the DC Animated Universe ready to fulfill my nostalgia needs at a moment's notice, the new service will have original content as well. "Titans," "Doom Patrol," and "Swamp Thing," will kick off a brand new shared universe to enjoy and, more importantly, DC Universe is going to be the home of the much anticipated third season of "Young Justice."

But wait, there's more.

DC is also putting a significant chunk of their comic book library online as well, from Golden Age Superman all the way to the New 52.

No price point has been announced yet, but that's a significant amount of content and there's little doubt I'll be going in for at least a month or two.

But it's also one more subscription to chip into the monthly budget.

How far is this going to go? The market of online streaming services is becoming increasingly saturated.

On the one hand, competition is good. It encourages everybody to up their game and roll out better products.

In this particular scenario, I'm hopeful that DC Universe encourages Marvel to pay greater attention to Marvel Unlimited, Marvel's own digital comic book subscription service. Marvel Unlimited has been around for a few years now and while it's a perfectly fine service for catching up on most of Marvel's history, it's also well beyond time for it to get some quality-of-life improvements.

On the other hand, it's getting increasingly expensive to support so many different platforms. More competition may mean better quality overall, but it also means less content on any individual service.

Something's got to give at some point, and that point is generally the wallet. So how do you pick and choose which to keep around and which to drop?

For some services, the exclusive content is little more than a bonus for other more valuable features. YouTube Premium's original content alone is by no means worth the monthly fee, but the ad-free experience and ability to download playlists for offline viewing has been a huge value for me since signing up. Likewise, Amazon Prime is just about the last place I go when I'm looking for something to watch, but with as much as I use Prime's other services the exclusive content is more like an added bonus.

For other, services it may be more beneficial to subscribe only long enough to watch whatever exclusives you're after, then cancel. CBS All Access immediately comes to mind as a service not worth signing up for when there aren't new episodes of "Star Trek: Discovery" to watch.

Where will DC Universe fall? It will probably depend on how much you want easy access to any particular DC comic book or classic show. In the meantime, I need to go take stock of which services I am or aren't currently using…

Travis Fischer is a news writer for Mid-America Publishing and has accidentally let his Hulu subscription running for far too long.