For some, like myself, watching your favorite TV shows on a weekly basis is a way of life. Granted, part of my reason for doing so is because it’s an aspect of my job, although that’s just how I’ve always been. But for others, binge-watching via streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu is the only way to fly.
To date, I’m sure a fair amount of those reading this have digested the various series making up the Arrowverse by using the latter option, specifically Netflix. Well, if that’s the case, then the rug may soon be pulled from under you once WarnerMedia launches their own initiative sometime next year.
When this happens, don’t be surprised if Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Black Lightning and other CW favorites like Riverdale and Supernatural are pulled from Netflix. I’m sure the mere mention of this is already causing some discontent, but that’s business.
Here’s what WarnerMedia chief creative officer Kevin Reilly told the media at the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Monday:
“You can expect the crown jewels of Warner will ultimately end up on the new service. Sharing destination assets is not a good model. My belief is they should be exclusive to the service.”
In my opinion, it wouldn’t be a bad idea for the DC-themed shows to also stream on the DC Universe service because it’d seem only natural, as WB would essentially be sharing destination assets with itself. And if indeed said platform is still struggling to find subscribers, this could provide a boost.
Of course, I’d be remiss if not pointing out how all Arrowverse shows are available for streaming – and for free – the day following their original airing on The CW’s website and app. Admittedly, this applies to only the five most recent episodes to air, but there’s always that option to explore.