Netflix Won’t Renew its Streaming Deal with The CW
Currently, fans looking to catch up on The CW’s superhero offerings can find past seasons of those shows on Netflix. Unfortunately, viewers might have to look elsewhere to find episodes that air after the 2018-19 season. Via Deadline, the streaming deal between Netflix and The CW will not be renewed after this spring.
The network originally made the deal with the streaming giant in 2011 and it was last renewed in 2016. According to Deadline’s report, the streaming future of three new programs, including the Batwoman series, is uncertain. The producers of those shows will allegedly shop them around to different platforms. And since Batwoman is the exclusive property of Warner Bros. TV, it seems likely that it will end up on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service.
Previous seasons of Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and Black Lightning are all presently available to watch on Netflix. These seasons will presumably remain a part of its streaming library even after the deal runs its course. That makes sense, since those series have reportedly enjoyed great success on the platform. This is especially true in the case of Arrow, which will get one more batch of 10 new episodes before concluding its eight-season run later this year.
This isn’t the first time that the impending launch of a streaming competitor has signaled a content loss for Netflix. When Disney+ debuts in the fall, Netflix will bid adieu to any Disney-affiliated movie and TV projects, including Marvel Studios films.
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