What if Hulu lost CW?

As I’m sure we’ve mentioned before a few times, we no longer have cable or TV access, and instead watch shows through a combination of Hulu, NetFlix, HBO Now, and season passes through iTunes. It’s a move that a lot of people are making. When we got down to basic cable, we had basic cable plus digital TV box plus DVR so it was a pretty hefty pricetag still.

NetFlix Logo

There’s been a real ebb and flow over time as to what NetFlix and Hulu have available. At this point, it seems like NetFlix is pretty close to the HBO model, of having a movie available for a period of time and then it’s gone. Julia has been keeping up with these changes lately here on the blog. Then they tend to have back-seasons of TV shows, but not the current season.

Hulu logo

Hulu, meanwhile, seems to be the place to go for the current season of TV shows. Some networks and shows, they seem to have the whole season; others, they have only the most recent 5 episodes. Sometimes, like during long breaks or once seasons have ended, they seem to start “replaying” episodes and rotating through the season for which 5 are available – we only just caught the last two episodes of Legends of Tomorrow last week by noticing we were about to lose them to this rolling replay of the season.

All of these differences and business models are changing through constant deals with different studios, and I’m glad that deals happen at all. Otherwise, you get everyone trying to be like CBS and run their own paid streaming service. When the choice is to pay as much for CBS as we pay for access to all of the other networks… we skip CBS.

CBS All Access logo

So it sounds like the deal that’s probably going to happen between CW (which it seems is partially owned by CBS) and Hulu is going to end up status quo. Hulu seems to have wanted to pick up the full current seasons, and CW doesn’t want that… but at least they can hopefully keep the recent 5? We heard this news, anyway, that the deal is ongoing and that there’s some small chance that Hulu loses CW… and it got us thinking.

At this point, with the shows on the air, that we watch, that we have access to through our services… if Hulu lost CW, would there be a reason for us to keep it?

We watch some ABC shows, although Castle has ended, and I wonder if with the new Disney/NetFlix deal we could watch ABC shows on NetFlix sooner too (so Agents of SHIELD and… nope, they cancelled everything else). NBC lost us with most of their shows. No, we’re realizing that most of the shows we are planning on still watching in the fall are all on CW: ArrowThe FlashLegends of TomorrowiZombie, and Supergirl even is being moved over from CBS to CW.

We’ve slowly cut services from our life. Full cable. Basic cable. For a long period we had dropped NetFlix. But there’s been some adds… Our town now has Red Box. We have Amazon Prime and just never think to look at it (the access always looks close to NetFlix when we do look, and it’s not on the Apple TV so we don’t look often since it doesn’t seem worth it). And I’m sure, if we dropped Hulu, we’d be back at some future point. New deals, new shows.

But the thought that we might drop it just made me go “huh.” Watching TV has become a very common part of our lives these last few years – we’re often watching a show while blogging. Or you know, catching up on Game of Thrones and not even thinking of blogging *cough cough tonight cough*

So how about you? Have you had up and down relationships with the streaming services? What makes you leave – and what makes you stay? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.

6 responses to “What if Hulu lost CW?

  1. My husband has been wanting to drop cable for years but I’m resisting. I guess I’m just still attached to the idea. We have Netflix and Prime, but I also often forget about Prime unless I’m looking for something specific like Downton Abbey.
    The lack of current content on Netflix doesn’t bother us too much–I mostly watch anime and K-dramas, and B watches old TV shows daily as background noise. We still haven’t finished the last season of Arrow et al. on our DVR, so clearly staying current isn’t a priority haha

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    • We found that when we had cable, we were putting on shows that we didn’t enjoy as much, or that sucked us in too much, or were depressing, or had seen… etc. Since dropping it, we have been more deliberate in what we’re putting on, which feels more purposeful and rewarding. Hopefully Holly agrees with that assessment…

      I will say, I think our approach to doing it in phases was probably good. Certainly seems like it in hindsight. It let us figure out that we were just fine without it, and spending less money while still getting all our shows we cared about. Then it let us see how we were doing with data usage versus our data cap – we increased it when we dropped basic cable.

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      • That’s a really good point about being more deliberate watching TV “on demand.” I think it is probably a better use of time. But conversely, one of the things I love about cable is that I can sit down and watch a random 10 min bit of a Law and Order re-run while eating a snack or something. If I start something on Netflix I always feel obligated to finish it or something.

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        • That’s true too. And we actually watched a lot more movies on HBO when it was TV versus online, because we would randomly flip to something in-progress and finish it. Now we have to choose to put it on and watch it all.

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  2. The only reason we have cable now is because it is included in our rent, but we still have Netflix and hardly ever use the on-demand or other cable features. I do have HBO Now to watch Veep, but that was mainly a free trial I forgot to cancel last month so that will be going away shortly. M wants to look at Funimantion or Crunchyroll’s subscription services soon, but I think I’ll wait until he gets a job and let him figure it out instead 🙂

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    • We lived in an apartment that came with basic cable I want to say… was really annoying because our provider gives deals and all with bundles, and we couldn’t bundle because we already had basic. Might have worked with our current setup, however. I will say we did like the on-demand features at times, at least the free stuff. Occasional movie rentals I guess too.

      I have been considering dropping HBO Now and discussing that with Holly… right up until we realized they have Sesame Street and lots of children’s programming. Now I don’t think that subscription is going anywhere anytime soon.

      We’ve watched a lot of anime on Hulu, might give that a look (for shows and price comparison at least). Anime can have so many seasons and all that a subscription service is likely the most affordable way to get them!


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