Comic Con International’s exclusive streaming/video-on-demand site Comic-Con HQ launched on May 7th, but it’s real test will come when San Diego Comic Con gets underway on July 21st 2016. For the first time in the con’s history, no badge, no problem – content will be made (legally) available online.
[Scroll down for updated impressions of Comic-Con HQ during SDCC.]
I was curious what it was all about, so I signed up. Not without some difficulties though. At the first step of the registration process I was met with a message saying the service was only available in the United States; however, I am in the United States so I emailed support. (Strike 1, Comic-Con HQ). I did hear back from them the next day, but they needed more details to help resolve the problem. In the meantime I was able to successfully sign-up from my work computer so problem not so much solved as sidestepped.
But back to the topic at hand, based on what I’ve read and from my own experience with Comic-Con HQ, here’s some of the pros and cons of the new streaming/video-on-demand site:
Just a reminder, these are my pros and cons prior to the kick-off of San Diego Comic Con. I’m hoping to update this blog a few times throughout the weekend to comment on how well the site is working and on whether or not it succeeds at making you feel like you aren’t missing out.
Until then, what do you think of Comic-Con HQ? Would you pay for it? Do you think comic-con content should be shared with a wider audience or does it take away from the experience of actually being there? Let me know in the comment section below.
Comic-Con HQ wants to be the ‘video streaming destination’ for comic con, but it feels like they’re 5-10 years too late to make that claim. Live streaming is all the rage these days, and SDCC content is literally everywhere. SyFy has dedicated live programming every night, Entertainment Weekly Radio on Sirius XM is covering it non-stop, and then there’s social media and all the other entertainment websites posting their own panel recaps, interviews, and related videos. Plus, there’s The Nerd Machine, whose quality counter-programming is both free and live-streamed on YouTube.
Conversely, Comic-Con HQ still hasn’t made any 2016 panels available yet and if you miss any of their live programming you have to wait until the next day for it to be posted. (Or so it seems.) I’ll check back tomorrow but my current impression of Comic-Con HQ is pretty meh. I can’t imagine ever paying for it when it’s so easy to find better and more timely coverage of the con and the things I care about elsewhere.
Still no 2016 panels and the behind the scenes content is still “coming soon”. Comic-Con HQ might be a cool thing to hold you over during the other 361 days of the year, but in terms of actual coverage during the con, the site’s been downright disappointing so far.
Drumroll… and there still aren’t any 2016 panels on the site. The only ‘new’ content added beyond the daily interviews was movie trailer premiers, which of course are already all over the Internet by now. The free subscription period ends tomorrow so I cancelled mine, or I tried to. Once again it looks like there’s an issue, but that’s a different story.
Bottom line, Comic-Con HQ is not worth spending money on and as it is today – it’s certainly not the best place to find panels or any other info that comes out of SDCC.