With the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” just days away, several longtime fans are still angry that the show has switched from cable television to a subscription-only service.
The move was announced in April 2022. At the time, Deadline reported that ABC had filled Monday night’s DWTS timeslot with football. Because of this, DWTS needed a new home or it’s possible it could have been canceled.
“After more than 30 seasons of the program on ABC, including two spin-offs, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will move from ABC this fall, allowing the network to showcase several Monday Night Football games and develop and invest in new and exciting games. future programming,” the network said in a statement.
The big move, called “stunning” by Deadline, has seen the show make history when it premieres on September 19, 2022; it will be the first live show of its kind ever on a streaming platform. In recent months, many fans have expressed concerns about the move because Disney+ isn’t free and many people don’t have the resources or just don’t want to pay for it.
However, the talk about the move may have taken a turn in the days leading up to the premiere.
Here’s what you need to know:
While having DWTS stream on Disney+ will definitely be different, some fans are seeing the silver lining. It’s entirely possible that ABC would have canceled the long-running program because it no longer had a home on the weekly schedule. For this reason, many are happy to see the show continue no matter where it airs.
“The show was no longer profitable on ABC. It was either move to D+ or cancel everything at once,” one person commented on a Reddit thread started by someone saying “ABC screwed up” by moving the show to the streaming platform.
“The show would have been canceled had it not been for Disney+,” another Redditor reiterated.
“I can’t think of any reason to complain about the show’s move to a new home. They’ve given us everything we wanted and more, and the season hasn’t even started yet.”
“Nobody has cable anymore! If dwts wants to go on for years to come, they need to attract a younger audience and streaming is what matters,” a fourth social media user agrees.
In an effort to ease the financial burden and get more people to sign up for the streaming service, Disney+ has announced a limited-time offer available until September 19, 2022 — the day DWTS premieres.
According to the website, people can sign up for Disney+ for just $1.99 the first month, saving about $6. The monthly fee after that is $7.99 (plus tax).
“’Dancing with the Stars’ has been entertaining fans on ABC for 16 years, and we’re excited to bring this beloved show exclusively to Disney+ as the platform’s first-ever live series. The show’s broad appeal, as well as the overwhelming popularity of its Disney-themed competition nights, make Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ as we continue to expand our demographic reach,” said Kareem Daniel, president of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, according to Deadline.
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