Streaming titans Netflix and teen network The CW announced today that they have agreed upon a multi-year content licensing relationship that allows Netflix to remain as the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for previous seasons of scripted series broadcast on The CW.
The new relationship spans not only past shows from The CW, but also future seasons of exisiting shows and new original programming, providing they are produced within the term of the new agreement. Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons for each of these programs beginning eight days after each show’s season finale.
The CW’s 2016-2017 primetime schedule includes, amongst others:
- Legends of Tomorrow
- The Flash
- No Tomorrow
- Riverdale – (the Archie comic show, which looks quite intriguing indeed)
This now means that many of our favourite DC superhero CW shows, such as Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Arrow will all be streamable on the world’s leading internet television network. Other shows joining the transfer are the excellent Jane the Virgin and the acclaimed Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.
The CW means a lot to us here at The Nerd Recites – particularly Supergirl and The Flash – so we’ve taken a look below at what this move might mean for our two favourite The CW shows.
Supergirl‘s crossover episode with The Flash gave the show much larger viewing figures that it had seen previously. When the show was in contention for cancellation, The CW picked up Supergirl from CBS, instead of allowing it to fall by the wayside (for which we are forever grateful). The show being on The CW will undoubtedly afford more crossover opportunities and therefore more viewers for Supergirl. Many audiences find shows by simply browsing Netflix, so Supergirl being featured on Netflix will undoubtedly raise the show’s viewership and fan numbers. All of this only serves to raise the chance of the show’s long-term survival, which is a big plus for us.
The Flash is already a massively popular show, with a large viewership. Any show that appears on Netflix, however, is likely to find new viewers simply because Netflix’s audience is different. By this we mean Netflix viewers are prone to trying shows simply because they are available. In this manner (much like with Supergirl), The Flash could easily build upon its already strong viewership, due to this new merger, by finding a whole host of new fans on Netflix.
The CW shows that are already present on Netflix will also continue to remain on the streaming service. These include The Vampire Diaries, The 100, iZombie, The Originals and Reign.
Netflix called this move “a great step forward with a valued network partner, to give fans exactly what they want, when and how they want it.”
The CW said that the merger “not only continues this relationship [with Netflix], but [it] enhances this valuable relationship.”
All of the DC shows that The CW produce are available in the UK, but these are exclusive to Sky and NOWTV.
Image credits: The CW, Netflix