With Arrow Season 4 now at an end, fans want to know when they can rewatch or catch up on the season on Netflix. Will be it before Season 5 starts on October 5, 2016?
There has been news that the CW and Netflix have entered into a licensing deal for the release of the full seasons. Eight days after the season finale, Arrow will be available on the streaming site in full. Does that mean that the show should be there right now? Unfortunately not.
— Comic Book Resources (@CBR) July 24, 2016
This licensing deal isn’t going to come into effect until the 2016-2017 season. That means it starts from Arrow Season 5, and fans will have to wait a little longer for the release of Season 4. So, when is it going to come to the app?
Netflix Life predicts that Arrow will come to Netflix sometime in October. This is based on when Arrow Season 3 hit the app. The season came just as Season 4 premiered on October 7, 2015. Fans had to catch up with Season 3 and watch Season 4 on the CW at the same time. There are suggestions that the same will happen this time.
Why do the CW and Netflix do this? There were a few reasons last year and similar reasons this year. First of all, Hulu had the licensing deal to air the last five episodes of the show. The CW had to wait a set amount of time to allow other places to stream the episodes. Second of all, the CW needed to make sure it could make money from the boxset. Why would people buy a boxset when they can watch everything through Netflix?
Granted, there are benefits to having boxsets. This is where blooper reels, commentaries, and special features are included for the shows. Netflix has no access to these. However, these are enough to get everyone to buy, whereas delaying the release for streaming will encourage more purchases.
Time Warner has discussed the release of the DC Comic shows on Netflix. It looks like they will all be delayed due to the DVD sales.
— Oh Frack! (@OlicityDreams) July 29, 2016
The good news is that the show will eventually come to Netflix. It has to, really, with the new CW/Netflix deal. It wouldn’t make sense to have up to Season 3 of Arrow and then skip a season to bring Season 5. Fans would be angry, wanting to know what they were missing. The CW could find they run into more problems by doing something like this.
Arrow Season 5 is almost here. This is going to wrap up the flashbacks to Oliver’s time on the island and stranded from his family. The latest trailer makes it look like Russia will be a focus this year, as Oliver still doesn’t have his Bratva tattoo. This season will also see a new team of vigilantes being created, as the original team members start to go their separate ways.
Diggle has gone back to the military, and Thea is taking a step back to work within the mayoral office. Felicity looks like she will stick around, but more as a way to help Oliver choose the new people to trust and train.
RT / Arrow
AIME / The Flash pic.twitter.com/0IIn278Fpi
— Sondages Series/Film (@SondagesSeriesF) July 29, 2016
As for Laurel, it looks like she will remain dead. Katie Cassidy is still signed on for Arrow, but she has also signed on for The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow. This suggests that she will come back in flashback form rather than being resurrected. She may also appear on The Flash as her Earth-2 counterpart the Black Siren.
Arrow Season 5 comes to the CW on Wednesday, October 5, 2016. Season 4 will likely come to Netflix at the same time.
[Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images]