Hulu Live TV subscribers in select cities now have the option to stream and DVR their favorite CW shows. Hulu confirmed the addition of the live CW stream earlier today, with eight cities participating in the launch.
Starting today, The CW live linear stream will be available to Hulu live TV subscribers in Philadelphia, San Francisco, Atlanta, Tampa, Detroit, Seattle, Sacramento, and Pittsburgh. The expansion comes just as The CW expands to a six-night programming schedule, which was part of the network’s 2018-19 season strategy. The move brings Sunday night into the network’s primetime lineup, allowing the CW to offer 12 hours of primetime series each week.
Back in January, Hulu Live TV hit the 17M total subscriber milestone across its subscription on demand and live TV plans domestically. At the time, the company also announced that its total audience grew to 54M total unique viewers.
Hit shows on The CW include the DC Universe television series “Black Lightning,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” “Arrow,” and “Supergirl”. Of those series “The Flash” and “Arrow” are the longtime fan-favorites, but “Black Lightning” and “Supergirl” have quickly developed a strong following week-to-week. The network also has a long-list of YA dramas on the market including “The 100,” “Dynasty,” “iZombie,” “Jane the Virgin,” “The Originals,” and the newly launched “Life Sentence” with Lucy Hale, Elliot Knight, and Carlos PenaVega.
Outside of the DC Universe, shows like “Riverdale” with K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, and Camila Mendes, and “Supernatural” with Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, are the big hitters. The CW has also seen terrific success with shows like “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” starring Rachel Bloom, Donna Lynne Champlin, and Vincent Rodriguez III, and non-scripted series like “Penn & Teller: Fool Us,” and “Whose Line Is It Anyway?”
Hulu didn’t announce when other markets will have the option to stream The CW, for those of us in New York, we will just have to wait and see when these shows will become available on the Live TV stream.