‘Supernatural’ Is Coming to Netflix as The CW Signs 4-Year Deal

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 10th, 2012 at 12:33 pm,

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The time has come to catch up on the epic adventures of Sam (Jared Padalecki) and Dean Winchester (Jensen Ackles) on Supernatural, as The CW has signed a 4-year deal to make past and future episodes of many of their hit television series available for instant streaming.

In total, Netflix will be adding over 700 hours of television programming from The CW to their continuously growing catalog. Beginning October 18, previous seasons of The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, One Tree Hill and Nikita will be available to watch instantly. Unfortunately, for fans of Supernatural (and 90210), you will have to wait until January 2012 to catch up on past episodes.

Additionally, plans are set in place to bring episodes from all scripted series airing on The CW this year to Netflix by the end of 2012 – with any future programming airing through 2015 soon following. That said, it is unknown how much Netflix paid The CW for rights to their programming library.

While this deal with The CW certainly sounds like a step in the right direction after all of the Qwikster controversy regarding splitting the instant stream and DVD portions of the company angered subscribers, it appears that The CW may be getting more out of this than Netflix, as the deal is non-exclusive.

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Outside of providing Netflix with a hefty library of television programming, CBS and Warner Bros. Television retain the rights to make their programming available through traditional television syndication and other digital services. Of course, with Netflix currently having more than 20 million subscribers, the majority of people looking to quickly catch up on past television seasons will likely choose the “instant watch” avenue.

Here’s what CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves had to say about the agreement with Netflix:

“This is a forward-thinking agreement for a network whose programming occupies a unique space in the content marketplace. It is a model that opens a new door for The CW programming to expand its audience reach through the terrific Netflix service, and creates a brand-new window for CBS and Warner Bros. to be paid for the content we supply the network. It also further illustrates how new distribution systems are providing premium content suppliers with additive revenue streams while still preserving traditional monetization windows.”

While talk of forward-thinking agreements and additive revenue streams is always… fun(?), the best thing to come out of this deal is having all of the past seasons of Supernatural being made available to watch. With Supernatural season 7 just starting, many interested viewers have often stated that they’d like to find some way to watch the series from the beginning, instead of picking up the story seven years in.

Well, now you’ve got your chance.


Supernatural airs Fridays @9pm on The CW

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  2. It may be somewhere in the article and I just missed it, but will this include shows that have already ended, like, say, Smallville, Reaper, Aliens In America, and Everybody Hates Chris?

    • Reaper is already on Netflix.

    • I imagine Smallville won’t stream until sometime after the complete series box set comes out so they don’t lose sales on that.

  3. This is what I love the most about streaming. I have caught up on so many shows I already like and have watched shows that I never got the chance to see. I was going to list them but it would take to long on my iPhone. So it looks like Vampire Diaries is next up. And hopefully someday Smallville…

    • Vampire Diaries is already on Netflix

  4. I knew I didn’t cancel Netflix for a reason.

  5. This is awesome news! It’s about time, too.

  6. YES!!! This is awesome news!!! Next Friday is going to be an awesome day. Batman: Arkham City comes out and now CW shows including Supernatural is going to be available for streaming. Now all I need is a cheeseburger :D

    • Well ok January with Supernatural. I got excited and skimmed the article before I actually read it. Still great news though. I will be watching Nikita and Vampire Diaries until then. :)

  7. I hope it goes to the Canadian Netflix as well so I can have an easier time pimping it to my friends. Great show!

  8. This is great news but…is it free? Or do you need to have a Netflix account? Which I don’t have btw. If not free, which is most likely, then I’ll have to settle for streaming it elsewhere. Like I already do.

  9. OMG YES!!!! Finally! January can’t come fast enough!

  10. Though, I’m a newcomer to Smallville – I absolutely love it! I’m dying for Smallville to come to Netflix Instant Streaming. I have the 2 disc out a time plan and I use both discs to watch Smallville. It’s taking me much longer than I’d like to get through the seasons and I’d like to free up my discs.

  11. Well, its the end of January 2012 and no Supernatural on Netflix instant watch. And I’m Still not interested in watching some teen-angst vampire flick/series either so, there goes my last reason to keep a netflix subscription.

  12. ^ Nevermind. Showed up today on the 2nd last day of January lol.

  13. when are switch to nexflex and will it be on regular cable cw show? supernatural

  14. Why is supernatral season 7 not showing on Netflix

  15. I LOVED this b/c after NOT watching the series for the first 7 years, my husband and I are now officially fans of Supernatural. We spent the last month watching all 6 seasons and cannot wait to watch season 7 in reruns over the summer so we can be ready for the fall and season 8. Netflix has pissed me off all year, but it’s finally coming in handy.

  16. When will supernatural be coming to the UK netflix? Anyone got any ideas?

  17. When will supernatural season 7 be on netflix and why isn’t supernatural airing next week on cw this is very frustrating

  18. i cant wait till supernatural season 7 and 8 air on netflix

  19. Is Supernatural going to be airing on Netflix Canada?

  20. When is supernatural going on be available in the uk

  21. This was posted over 2 years ago… yet Supernatural’s still not on there (in the UK at least). Can we ever expect it to show up?

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