Two weeks after making a billion-dollar deal to stream programming from past seasons on Netflix, The CW has signed a deal to put current episodes on Hulu and Hulu Plus.
Under the five-year licensing agreement, the five most recent episodes of The CW's series will be available to Hulu Plus subscribers the day after broadcast. Users of the free basic Hulu online service will be able to watch five episodes of current CW programming eight days after they appear on the broadcast network.
Many young viewers of the CW are already watching shows online on the network's own website. Many CW advertisers buy packages that include commercials that air when shows air on TV as well as online. The CW's serialized dramas are the type of shows that seem to lend themselves better to online streaming rather than to traditional syndication.
Financial terms of the deal were not released.