The mandalorian [Spoilers]

CleverNickName

Limit Break Dancing
What was Disney's rational for the delay?
I can only speculate, but I think they were trying to find a way to "lock in" their viewers, and keep them from cancelling their subscriptions after the first month. The majority of viewers will subscribe on the 1st of the month when the show becomes available, watch all the episodes over the next 1d6+1 days, and then unsubscribe. Apparently this is a problem?

However, this is my preferred means of consuming online streaming content. I'm only interested in paying $15-30 for the pleasure of watching one series that I want to watch. I have no interest at all in paying $15-30 each month, constantly, for tons of stuff I do not/will not watch.
 

Morrus

Well, that was fun
Staff member
Yeah, it's a terrible model and I can't believe they chose to handle it that way. Instead of building excitement and anticipation among non-subscribers, they chose to build resentment and spite.

We aren't going to do anything illegal either, we will wait for the "new" to wear off and all episodes are available to watch, and then we might subscribe for a month. (We are equally likely to spend a weekend at our subscriber friend's house and watch it there.) If that isn't possible, we will probably give it a miss.
No, I mean how many of us don’t get Disney+ until March 2020, months after The Mandalorian has ended and been well and truly spoiled.
 

RobShanti

Explorer
Other things that struck me on the first watch:
  • the nod to E.T. with the finger-touch at the end of Chapter 1
  • the nod to Rocky & Sergio Leone with the soundtrack
  • the nod to Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade with the sandcrawler scraping the mountainside

Ahoy, maties! 🏴‍☠️
 

Zardnaar

Legend
Launch day in NZ.

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The menu system is quite good, might be due to lack of content though.

Anyway damn the Mandalorian is good. It's not great early days yet but they're building up to something.

Think I'll get around to the MCU movies and maybe a Simpsons binge watch. Probably keep it for two months, will run out if stuff to watch by then.
 

ccs

39th lv DM
Launch day in NZ.

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The menu system is quite good, might be due to lack of content though.

Anyway damn the Mandalorian is good. It's not great early days yet but they're building up to something.

Think I'll get around to the MCU movies and maybe a Simpsons binge watch. Probably keep it for two months, will run out if stuff to watch by then.
Lack of content???

I don't think you'll be able to binge all of the Simpsons in a mere two months + work + sleep + game....
 

ccs

39th lv DM
I can only speculate, but I think they were trying to find a way to "lock in" their viewers, and keep them from cancelling their subscriptions after the first month. The majority of viewers will subscribe on the 1st of the month when the show becomes available, watch all the episodes over the next 1d6+1 days, and then unsubscribe. Apparently this is a problem?
That doesn't explain, or even come close to making sense, concerning launching the service in Nov here in the USA & then 4 months later in the UK.

Nor would that stop someone here in the US from signing up in Jan, watching all of Mandolorian S1 in about two evenings+ whatever else over the next few weeks, & canceling prior to Feb.
 

GreyLord

Adventurer
We're not watching it because Disney has decided we're not allowed to until March. And that's not how we roll, watching all our friends talk about a show we're not allowed to watch.

I'm really against piracy. I'll pay for stuff any time I'm allowed to. This broke me.
I haven't seen it either.

It does seem like the move by Disney is a good way to promote piracy though, so maybe not the best move on their part.

On the otherhand I think they'd be more concerned about China, Russia, and Israel and piracy there than Western Europe and the UK overall.
 

Ovinomancer

No flips for you!
The delay in the UK is due to licensing with Sky. Disney failed to acquire Sky, and has active license agreements with Sky that end in early 2020. So, Disney+ is delayed until licensing is cleared up and Disney can release the full service. Otherwise they'd have to cut out licensed titles for UK only. In other words, business, business, business, money, money. money.
 

Ovinomancer

No flips for you!
As for the release schedule for Mandalorian being weekly, I don't get the whinging about it. For me, it's working well because I get to discuss the episodes with people at the same rate instead of feeling out where they (or I) are in the binge and only talking up to that point. I'm adult enough to be able to offset the need for instant gratification. If you need to binge, that's cool, wait until January then subscribe for a month. In the meantime, I'll have seen all the series and had time to talk about it with friends in a synchronized and leisurely fashion. Good luck avoid spoilers!
 

Zardnaar

Legend
That doesn't explain, or even come close to making sense, concerning launching the service in Nov here in the USA & then 4 months later in the UK.

Nor would that stop someone here in the US from signing up in Jan, watching all of Mandolorian S1 in about two evenings+ whatever else over the next few weeks, & canceling prior to Feb.
Once you binge though they're not going to have much new content.

We can do a 22 episode season of Stargate or whatever in a week, that's two seasons of the Simpsons.

We can also skip the first 8 seasons or so due to them being on so much here. IDK if we'll do Simpson binge but the only thing we're watching atm is Bosch on Amazon.

I'll watch the MCU movies as I haven't watched most of them.
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
He has a cape. He has no jet pack or weird missile on his back. He doesn't pilot Slave-1. His armour is blue not green. He doesn't have that arial antenna thing coming out of his helmet. He's clearly not Boba Fett.
Right, he's not Boba Fett. Is he deliberately reminiscent of Boba Fett? Absolutely. But he ain't Boba Fett.
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
They haven’t chosen to explain it to us.
The service launches in the US, Canada and the Netherlands on November 12 and on November 19 in Australia and New Zealand.

But in the UK, and almost all of Europe, the shining Disney media future is a bit further off. So why the extra wait? Simon Brew, founder and editor of Film Stories magazine, recently highlighted the licensing hurdles that Disney has to go through before a UK launch, and the most notable of those are to do with its existing contracts with European broadcasting behemoth Sky.

Brew says that it's because of the need to wait out licence terms, rather than for any technical reason, that viewers in most of Europe will have to wait for Disney+ but, he says, "it's a temporary problem, and not unique to the UK ... 20th Century Fox has pre-existing deals with broadcasters and streamers, signed before Disney took it over. And Disney itself had long and rich contracts with the likes of Sky. Ideally, Disney would have liked to have bought Sky too, but it was effectively gazumped by Comcast."
 

Nebulous

Adventurer
I can only speculate, but I think they were trying to find a way to "lock in" their viewers, and keep them from cancelling their subscriptions after the first month. The majority of viewers will subscribe on the 1st of the month when the show becomes available, watch all the episodes over the next 1d6+1 days, and then unsubscribe. Apparently this is a problem?
Actually, it sounds like a licensing issue that Disney has with Sky. I guess they could have waited until March 2020 to release the whole kaboodle worldwide, but that would have significantly impacted their Star Wars Rise of Skywalker timeline. And Christmas.
 

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