How much TV do you regularly watch live? I mean you absolutely, positively, have to have your butt on you couch when it airs and you arrange the rest of your obligations around that? Probably not a whole lot, right? Ever since the rise of streaming and on-demand, TV is now something that just kind of happens when it happens. Sure, you risk spoilers when you wait, but it’s a low risk for the convenience of getting to watch your shows when it suits YOUR schedule instead of the other way around. And it’s a great way to get caught up on shows you may have missed the first season(s), and a way for shows to build a fan base in the off season. Win-win, right? Well, apparently not if you’re Time Warner chief executive Jeff Bewkes who thinks that DC shows should be held for several years after they air before being available on Netflix and Hulu.
The shows at issue here are things like The Flash, Arrow, Gotham, Supergirl, iZombie, and the upcoming Legends of Tomorrow and Preacher. Most of these shows are on networks, which means you just need a digital antenna to watch them. But to watch them again, or to catch up week to week? You’d need a cable subscription with on-demand.
The good news is that if you’re a cord-cutter, or someone who just prefers to watch shows in batches instead of week to week, now there’s a whole bunch of shows you don’t have to worry about catching up on! Leaving you plenty of time to watch the entire run of The X-Files again.