No one expected the CW network to take the world by storm, but it did. It rose like a phoenix from the ashes of the WB and UPN networks, and has become a powerhouse in the television market since launching in 2006. The network primarily draws a young audience, under the age of 35, but their shows attract large, dedicated followings, like the 11 years-and-counting popularity of Supernatural.
The big news for the network, which is also home to many DC Comic universe serial dramas including Flash and Arrow, is that CBS’s Supergirl will be switching channels and joining her superhero family on the CW next fall.
So if you want to know how to watch CW online without cable, let’s start at the beginning.
Stream CW with Hulu
Hulu and Hulu Plus are among the top choices for those looking to cut the cord. The service offers hit CW shows just 8 days after they air, or the next day if you’re a Hulu Plus subscriber. They always offer the 5 most recent episodes available. Right now you can watch:
And that is just the tip of the iceberg. While Hulu doesn’t offer a CW live stream, the on-demand nature is attractive for those who want to watch their favorite programming on their own schedule.
Hulu has a huge library of current and past hit TV shows not only from CW but also FOX, NBC, and ABC as well as some exclusive content and shows previously only available with satellite or cable. It can be accessed on practically every device at home or on the go.
You get all of this for only $7.99 per month with limited commercial breaks. Or, if you prefer to eliminate the distraction of commercials all together, you can go add-free for just $11.99. It’s a great deal so check it out for yourself with a free 7-day trial and watch CW online with Hulu.
Watch CW Streaming Online
Like many other networks, CW offers a stand-alone app available across many devices for your viewing pleasure. However, unlike some of the other players, it doesn’t require a pay TV login to enjoy the content. There is a small selection of their hit show episodes streaming completely for free.
This won’t be a complete CW replacement, but it is nice to know that the network is supportive of their fans and willing to share their content.
Watch a CW Live Stream Over the Air
While the CW doesn’t evoke the same mental image as the big broadcast networks like FOX and CBS, it is an over the air channel. That means you can access it with a new version of some old technology. Use a new digital antenna to pick up CW streaming right to your TV, live as it airs. This will depend on your reception and the networks available in your area.
You can also pair a digital antenna with a over-the-air DVR. With this added device you can record programming to watch later or stream it on a connect device any time when you’re away from home. Check out the top DVRs to see which is better for you.
How Can I Watch a CW Live Stream?
As of right now, there are no other services that offer CW live streaming. However, the popular services like Sling TV are always adding new channels. We will surely update you if this change occurs.
Keep in mind that there are some new live streaming services slated to launch next year including VIDGO and Hulu’s live TV option. Any of these, and more, could elect to include a CW live stream when they are released.
Buy CW Favorites Online
Finally, there is one more way to watch CW online. If none of these options work for you, you can always buy individual episodes or complete seasons of your favorite shows online. Instant video services like those from Amazon, Vudu, or iTunes offer the option to buy CW shows so you can own them and watch whenever and wherever you like.
Do keep in mind that this will be more expensive overall than a subscription to a service like Hulu, but you do own the content. Buying a complete season will save you a little money.
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