Streaming service Neflix and broadcast netlet the CW are working on a deal that will shrink the window before episodes of CW shows such as “The Flash” and “Jane the Virgin” become available for streaming — meaning full seasons will be available sooner for binge watching.
“The original 2011 deal, which was set to expire this year, saw seasons of shows hit Netflix months after they ended, typically ahead of the premiere of a new season,” the Los Angeles Times reports. “This time around, Netflix has sped up how quickly episodes become available to less than two weeks after each season ends on the network, according to a source familiar with negotiations.”
The new arrangement is expected to cover the next five years, with Netflix owning domestic rights to the programming for several years after they end, the Times notes. The report adds: “The extension with Netflix comes just as the CW is ending its relationship with Netflix rival Hulu.”