What’s that sound? That would be the death knell of cable TV. Perhaps the declaration is premature, but Hulu’s Live TV service just added The CW to its impressive list of partners. In “the coming months,” subscribers to the Hulu’s new service will be able to watch episodes of Arrow, The Flash, and Supergirl live without subscribing to any cable TV service.
“The CW has long attracted younger audiences to live TV, so we are very happy to offer the network through Hulu’s new live service,” said Tim Connolly, Hulu Senior Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Distribution, in a statement. Kids love their superheroes.
The announcement marks a major advancement in the Hulu-CW relationship. Previously, The CW only supplied Hulu subscribers with next-day access to their TV show episodes and only five episodes at a time per show, seemingly in an effort to development their own streaming app.
Now, The CW offers live streams via YouTube TV, and will soon offer live streams via Hulu Live TV and FuboTV, as well. The TV landscape is truly changing.
An important disclaimer: Not all markets will have CW livestreams. Live TV services must reach a carriage agreement with local broadcast affiliates in order to stream CW in those markets. The TV landscape may be changing, but it’s not happening as quickly as some people hope/fear.
Hulu’s Live TV service is available for $39.99 per month and, in addition to The CW, offers ABC, CBS, Fox, and NBC. For those keeping track at home, that’s every member of the so-called Big Five broadcast networks.