Netflix and the CW have finalized their multi-year content licensing deal that allows Netflix to remain the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for previous seasons of scripted series broadcast on the network.
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 2015-16 broadcast season. Starting with the upcoming 2016-17 season, Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons for each of these programs beginning eight days after each show’s season finale.
Programming includes the CW’s three new series on its 2016-17 primetime schedule: Frequency No Tomorrow and Riverdale; DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl, which will join Arrow and The Flash; and the network’s Jane the Virgin and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, featuring the Golden Globe-winning performances of Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom, respectively. The roster also will continue to include the CW’s longest-running show Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries, The 100, IZombie, The Originals and Reign.
“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,” said Ted Sarandos, Chief Content Officer at Netflix. “This is a great step forward with a valued network partner to give fans exactly what they want, when and how they want it.”
Said the CW president Mark Pedowitz: “Since the initial landmark deal in 2011, the CW’s programming has enjoyed tremendous success and increased exposure through Netflix, and our new agreement not only continues but enhances this valuable relationship. 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.”