Netflix has announced that a joint venture between CBS Corporation and Warner Bros. Entertainment, a new multi-year content licensing relationship, will allow Netflix to remain the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for previous seasons of scripted series broadcast on The CW.
The new relationship spans 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. Starting with the 2016-2017 season, Netflix members will be able to stream full seasons for each of these programs beginning eight days after each show’s season finale.
Netflix members will also be able to access three new series on The CW’s 2016-2017 primetime schedule – FREQUENCY, NO TOMORROW and RIVERDALE in addition to LEGENDS OF TOMORROW and SUPERGIRL, which will join ARROW and FLASH; and the CW’s critically acclaimed JANE THE VIRGIN and CRAZY EX-GIRLFRIEND, featuring the Golden Globe-winning performances of Gina Rodriguez and Rachel Bloom, respectively. The roster will also continue to include fan favorites such as THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and series THE 100, IZOMBIE, THE ORIGINALS and REIGN.
However, if you’re based outside the US though, you will likely still need to access Netflix via a VPN to access all the new content.
What is interesting with this announcement is that it looks like CBS is pretty comfortable working with the CW. The CW initially turned down the Supergirl project to concentrate on the Arrow and the Flash. Since then, Supergirl and the Flash have crossed-over once already, and while that was billed as a one-time promotion, we might just see them cross paths formally int he future. Or at least one can hope…