After Arrow became a surprise hit for DC and the CW, executive producer Greg Berlanti expanded the studio’s roster with The Flash and The Legends of Tomorrow, before adding Supergirl to the mix too, incorporating a wealth of beloved comic book characters into the network’s upcoming Fall lineup.
The interconnectivity of the CW’s Flarrowverse is a huge selling point, as the characters and storylines from each of these four shows are set to cross over now more than ever. However, this makes it difficult to follow each program as they air live, which means that the overall success of the Flarrowverse is almost wholly dependent on it’s streaming availability.
In the past, the CW worked alongside both Netflix and Hulu to air all of their content, but a brand new deal with the former company has changed the way that fans will be able to catch up with the new adventures of Oliver Queen and co.
Ted Sarandos, the chief content officer at Netflix, revealed the outcome of the deal, ;
“Netflix members in the U.S. love the great lineup of series from The CW, and we are thrilled to extend the relationship and bring those shows to our members exclusively now, just eight days after their season finales.”
In accordance with the new deal, the latest seasons of Arrow, The Flash, The Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl will all become available for binge watching on Netflix right after the season finales air around late May or June.
This is great news for fans who wish to re-watch their favourite episodes or like to wait until the season has ended so that they can binge the entire run in quick succession. However, the catch is that audiences will no longer be able to watch their favorite CW shows on Hulu shortly after they first air. If viewers miss the likes of Arrow and The Flash during primetime hours, their options to catch up are now far more limited.
The CW’s decision to leave Hulu reportedly came about after negotiations to increase the usual five episode availability fell through, which is why Netflix have now gained exclusivity, a move which will affect more than just the Flarrowverse.
Amongst all of this talk of the network’s recent superhero output, it’s important to remember that the CW also amassed a large following through sci-fi/fantasy shows such as The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural and The 100, which are now part of this deal too.
Of course, it’s hard to tell yet whether this will have a positive impact on ratings or not, but as of now, CW’s president, Mark Pedowitz, is understandably thrilled, describing the deal as another important step for the network;
“The CW has positioned itself for the future by transforming into a true hybrid network, rooted in broadcast while fully embracing the digital and streaming habits of the viewers.”
The future of the CW is looking bright indeed, leaving us salivating at the prospect of watching new episodes of our favorite shows when they finally air this fall.
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