Finally, Variety has given us word on when Be Cool Scooby-Doo will be returning...but it's not where you think. Cartoon Network has just announced via Variety that their sister channel, Boomerang, will be creating their own online streaming service which will be "the exclusive home for new episodes of three popular series: "Scooby-Doo," "Looney Tunes" and "Tom & Jerry." In addition, there will also be 5,000+ episodes from the Hanna Barbera library added to this service, which could possibly mean that unreleased and rare episodes from "Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo" may be included on this service. Besides Scooby, the service will also premiere all new Boomerang original series including "Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz" (a spin-off of the classic book and movie) and a Wacky Races reboot series.
Unfortunately, the service will charge users $5 per month, or $40 per year (with a 30-day free trial) to watch episodes, and will only be available in the US. When it launches, the service will be available at www.boomerang.com and will be downloadable via the app store in both Android and iOS mobile devices. Mirroring the recent Netflix update which allows users to download episodes and movies to watch offline later, the new service will also allow downloading of content to watch offline at a later time.
Content will be added weekly, however, it is unclear how many Be Cool Scooby-Doo episodes will be available on the service upon launch. The service will be ad-free, and will launch sometime very soon during the Spring.
Now that we finally know the return location and approximate return date of Be Cool Scooby-Doo, what do you think of Boomerang's decision to charge users to watch new episodes? Are you glad the show is finally getting some respect, or disappointed the episodes are no longer going to be airing on TV?