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The CW and Netflix Splitting Up?

 

The Deal Between Netflix and The CW is At a Natural End

 

Back in 2011, The CW and Netflix had come to an arrangement that allowed Netflix to host many of CW’s shows. But as Deadline reports, that deal has expired now, and it seems it’s time for a change.

The Deal

The parent networks for The CW and Netflix – CBS and Warner Brothers – originally had made a deal to allow for a sharing of shows. This happened back in 2011 and was renewed in 2016.

But when it came up for renewal again this year, they opted not to do so. But what exactly does that mean for our favorite CW shows? Well, the shows are going to get split off and optioned off separately or in groups. So there’s still hope for binge sessions of the series, just maybe not in the way we’re used to.

Netflix

Our understanding of the matter is this: shows that are currently on Netflix are going to stay on Netflix. Pretty simple, right? And also a huge relief.

So shows like The Flash, Riverdale, Dynasty, and others will be staying on Netflix. Better yet, they’ll continue to get new seasons until the natural conclusion of each series.

Everything Else?

As for any series that hasn’t been nabbed up for Netflix – that’s a bit more in the air. The streaming service will no longer have exclusive or even first dibs rights to those series. There’s still a chance they could get their hands on them – but it’s just as likely that they’ll end up on another service instead.

That means that the new shows coming out this year don’t currently have a streaming platform lined up. Netflix can still put a bid in for any of those shoes, but there are no promises. These shows include Batwoman, Kate Keene, and Nancy Drew.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing all the shows stay in one place, but I’ll take what I can get. And it will be interesting to see where it all ends up. What would be your preference?


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