Netflix and The CW are partnering to make the cable channel’s content more accessible than ever. However, the announcement means bad news for cord-cutters, as it marks the end of the channel’s distribution deal with Hulu.
Netflix will now be the exclusive streaming carrier of the CW’s scripted shows. Previously, viewers could find new episodes of CW’s popular shows on Hulu the day after they aired. With the new deal in place, Hulu will no longer offer CW content and those looking to watch the shows online will be limited to CW’s official site and app for new episodes.
The CW’s shows have been found on Netflix since 2011, although new seasons generally weren’t added until months after the season finale aired. Now, each show’s full season will be streamable on Netflix eight days after the season finale airs. This move impacts fans of the channel’s DC Comics TV show line-up, as well as other popular shows such as The 100, iZombie, The Originals, and more.
According to Netflix’s announcement of the deal, the following shows will be available on their service:
Programming available to Netflix members will include the three new series on The CW’s 2016-2017 primetime schedule: FREQUENCY, NO TOMORROW and RIVERDALE; the hit DC series LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and SUPERGIRL, which will join ARROW and FLASH; and the network’s critically acclaimed JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, featuring the Golden Globe-winning performances of Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom, respectively. The roster will also continue to include fan favorites such as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and series THE 100, IZOMBIE, THE ORIGINALS and REIGN.
This isn’t necessarily good news, however, as Netflix subscribers will have to wait until the end of the entire season to watch new episodes. It’s a big blow to cord cutters and cable-haters, and one that may drive more people toward piracy, ultimately hurting the CW and Netflix.