CW shows will now be on Netflix really soon after the season ends


You know how normally a TV show season ends and its months before it pops up on Netflix (if at all)?

Well, that's not going to happen with CW shows anymore.

The CW and Netflix reached a multi-year deal where CW shows will be streaming on Netflix just eight days after the season finale.

So hypothetical example: if "Jane the Virgin" season 3 ended today, all of season 3 would be on Netflix July 14.

This applies to all current shows – so "The Flash" and "Arrow," "Jane the Virgin" and "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,""iZombie," etc. etc. – and series that haven't yet aired. "Supergirl" is moving from CBS to the CW, and that's included. As are brand new shows "Frequency,""No Tomorrow" and "Riverdale."

This takes affect starting with the 2016-17 broadcast season.

That's a loss for Hulu during the season

If you're a big Hulu/CW fan though, this might not be the best news.

As Vulture explains, Hulu previously had a deal where the newest episodes of a show would be available the day after they aired, for about five weeks.

The new CW-Netflix partnership means that will no longer be the case. You'll have to watch streaming CW episodes in-season through the CW website or app (which includes commercial breaks), or wait until eight days after the season is fully over to catch it on Netflix.

How long does it take for shows to appear on Netflix?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer. It depends on the deal Netflix has with a network.

So for some shows, it could be quick – for some shows, it could take awhile. Historically (and speaking as someone who has watched plenty of Netflix in recent years), shows tend to get their most recent seasons on Netflix a little before the new season starts.

But it's also getting harder for Netflix to secure the rights to TV shows, as Andy Greenwald once explained on Grantland.

Streaming services like Amazon Prime, Hulu, Yahoo, and others are now competing too, paying to get specific shows (so for example, Amazon Prime lured "24" away from Netflix a couple years back).

And networks like HBO or FX or even CBS want to keep their content in-house, and available only on their own streaming services – meaning they're less likely to sell those shows to Netflix, since Netflix is eating away at the people who watch traditional TV.

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