Netflix and The CW have reportedly reached a deal that will make the network’s shows available on the streaming service less than two weeks after each season ends. According to Variety, the Netflix deal — which is expected to be announced later this week — will take the place of Hulu’s partnership with The CW.
The report claims that “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.” However, much like The CW’s previous deal with Hulu, Netflix’s in-season streaming options will be limited to the five most recent episodes of most series.
According to the report, Netflix’s deal with The CW will last five years, while Netflix maintains the right to the network’s library of shows for several more years after that. This deal also marks “the closest window Netflix has ever secured to the in-season period for primetime entertainment series.”
Hulu reportedly wanted “full stacking rights on its Hulu service as a condition of renewing their previous deal,” which may expire as soon as October; allegedly, this limited access to episodes was a major sticking point for the streaming service, as fans of hit shows “The Flash” and “Arrow” — the bulk of their viewership — frequently complained about the narrow five-episode selection. Nevertheless, The CW’s asking price for stacking rights to all episodes in addition to the five-episode selection proved to be too much for Hulu, opening the door for this new Netflix deal.
CW, Hulu and Netflix declined to comment on Variety’s report.
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