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Why some DWTS fans are reconsidering the ‘stunning’ move to Disney+

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With the new season of “Dancing With the Stars” just days away, some longtime fans are still upset that the show has switched from cable TV to a subscription-only service.

The move was announced in April 2022. At the time, Deadline reported that ABC had filled the Monday night DWTS timeslot with football. This left DWTS needing a new home, or it’s possible it was cancelled.

“After more than 30 seasons of the program on ABC, including two spin-offs, ‘Dancing with the Stars’ will depart from ABC this fall to allow the network to present multiple Monday Night Football games, as well as develop and invest in new and future programming ‘ the network said in a statement.

The big move, dubbed “breathtaking” by Deadline, will make the show make history when it premieres on September 19, 2022; It will be the first live show of its kind 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 funds or just don’t want to pay for it.

However, the conversation surrounding the move may have taken a turn in the days leading up to the premiere.

Here’s what you need to know:

While the DWTS stream will certainly be different on Disney+, some fans see the silver lining. It is quite possible that ABC would have canceled the permanent series because it no longer had a home in the weekly program. Because of this, many are excited that the show is going on no matter where it airs.

“The show was no longer profitable on ABC. It was either moving it to D+ or canceling it all together,” one person commented on a Reddit thread started by someone who said that “ABC screwed it up” by moving the show to the streaming platform Has.

“Without Disney+, the show would have been cancelled,” echoed another Redditor.

“I can’t think of any reason to complain about the show moving to a new home. They gave us everything we wanted and more and the season hasn’t even started yet.”

“Nobody has cables anymore! If dwts is going to last for years to come, they need to start attracting younger audiences and streaming is the way to go,” agreed a fourth social media user.

To ease the financial burden and get more people to sign up for its streaming service, Disney+ announced a limited-time offer available through September 19, 2022 — the day DWTS premieres.

According to the site, people can sign up for Disney+ for just $1.99 for the first month, which saves about $6. The monthly cost thereafter is $7.99 (plus tax).

“’Dancing with the Stars’ has entertained fans on ABC for 16 years and we are thrilled to bring this popular 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 competitive nights, makes Disney+ the perfect home for ‘Dancing with the Stars’ while expanding our demographic reach,” said Kareem Daniel, chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, according to Deadline.

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