New CW deal with Netflix means big changes to streaming your favorite DC shows

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The CW is close to a big deal with Netflix to take over post season streaming which includes the DC television series Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow. The current deal expiring with Hulu only allows the CW to stream the most recent 5 episodes as they air. With the new 5 year deal, the CW will take over in-season streaming rights via their website and is likely keep to streaming 5 episodes at a time with ads. However, once a season is complete, Netflix will have exclusive rights to stream the entire post season no more than 2 weeks after completion on air.

This is a huge reason why I have fallen behind on so many of these shows, which I do eventually want to watch. Currently, if you have fallen behind on Arrow and wait for it to show up on Netflix, they decide to stream the past season only ONE DAY before the new season starts to air on TV. How is one expected to binge watch the entire thing before starting up the new one? What if you need to catch up on several shows? Especially now since we are seeing so many crossover episodes, we need know what’s going on in all shows to avoid any spoilers that may come up. Most fans do have lives to attend to outside of binge watching shows and are willing to watch them legally if the current system just made them more available.

Details of the deal are expected to emerge later this week. If Netflix obtains the entire CW library for streaming, estimates put the deal at or near 1 billion dollars to stream the library to their domestic network. Hulu just isn’t willing to put up the cash unless they get stacking rights to all in-season episodes, not just limited to five at one time.




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