Netflix and The CW Network confirmed today that they have sealed a new multi-year content licensing deal that will allow Netflix to remain the exclusive U.S. subscription television platform for previous seasons of scripted series broadcast on The CW, including “Supergirl,” “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” “Jane the Virgin,” “Arrow” and “The Flash.”
The deal covers all current CW series, as well as all future programs produced for the network during the term of the new agreement, which begins with the just-completed 2015–2016 broadcast season.
Beginning with the 2016–2017 season — which will include the new prime time scripted shows “Frequency,” “No Tomorrow” and “Riverdale” — Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons for the programs beginning eight days after each show’s season finale.
The new deal shortens the window between the series’ broadcast on The CW and their Netflix debuts. Under the terms the previous pact, signed in 2011, episodes of a past season of a CW series generally didn’t appear on Netflix until just prior to the debut of the next season’s premiere.
The CW (a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment) is reportedly not renewing its deal with Hulu, also dating back to 2011, which has a rolling selection of five episodes of select series from the network debuting on the platform a day after their network debuts.
Netflix also announced on Tuesday that it reached an agreement with Comcast to make its service available on the cable giant’s X1 set-top box platform later this year.