As it was recently reported in Variety, The CW and Netflix are close to finalizing a new deal covering scripted series that significantly speeds up the availability of the shows to less than two weeks after each season ends on the network. This new deal comes as The CW and Hulu are soon to be parting ways on the deal that made selected current episodes of CW series available for streaming on a rolling-five basis. The proposed deal with Netflix would have the most recent season premiering on the service two weeks following the conclusion of said season.
Traditionally the most recent season wouldn’t premiere on Netflix until a week or two before the start of a new season for the continuing series. So while it’s nice to get the series earlier on Netflix, many fans won’t be able to stay current. With the Hulu deal ending, in-season streaming access to CW series will flow through the advertising-supported CWTV.com website and app as well as its affiliate stations’ VOD deals with various MVPD providers. In-season access will remain limited to a rolling-five most recent episodes, in most cases.
Personally, the only reason I even subscribed to Hulu was the fact that I could watch CW programming with the need of an expensive cable subscription. In addition, streaming programming through The CW’s is a pain in the ass, as it typically turns a 42 minute show into 70 minutes because of all of the commercials. Their existing deal is believed to expire in early October.
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