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How to watch the CW online for free

Here's how to get your Supernatural or Supergirl fix.

Jun 16, 2020, 4:03 pm*

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Joseph Knoop 

Joseph Knoop

Don’t wait until it’s almost time for The Flash or The 100 to find a CW live stream. The CW has been home to some of pop culture’s longest-running dramas, but it’s also managed to evolve alongside tastes with superhero and supernatural serials. Whether you’re a Black Lightning fanboy or a Supernatural devotee, here’s everything you need to know to watch the CW online.

Best Shows on the CW

What is The CW?

The CW is the child of the channels formerly known as the WB (long live the frog!) and UPN. Founded in 2006, it made waves with general audience programs like America’s Next Top Model, Veronica Mars, and 7th Heaven. Since those days, it’s gradually leaped into science fiction and alternative drama territories, like the gothic Vampire Diaries and the monolithic Supernatural, which has one of pop culture’s strongest fan followings around. The CW has since leaped headfirst into DC Comics television series like Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl.

How to stream The CW: Watch The CW online

Here’s a complete rundown of your options.

Hulu Live TV Cost
7 Day TrialFREE
Live TV
+Hulu
$54.99
Live TV
+Hulu (no ads)
$60.99
7-Day Free Trial
Hulu Live TV Guide
Hulu Live TV Channels
Hulu Live TV Local Channels

Hulu Live TV is one of the most popular ways to stream live TV, perhaps because you gain access to a massive library of on-demand content including classic and current TV shows, movies, not to mention Hulu’s original programming. As far as live-streaming goes, you’ll have a ton of local, entertainment, and sports channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geographic and Syfy.


Standard$54.99
Family$69.99
Ultra$79.99
7-Day Free Trial
FuboTV Guide
FuboTV Channels
FuboTV Devices

FuboTV was built from the ground up with sports fans in mind. There are different channel packages available whether you’re looking for basketball, soccer, golf, or even outdoor sports like rock climbing. But no worries, all the great cable channels you’re after are here too, including Viceland, Bravo, TBS, and IFC.


Plus$65
Max$80
Ultimate$135
7-Day Free Trial
AT&T TV Now Guide
AT&T TV Now Channels
AT&T TV Now Devices

There’s a good chance that you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs. The second you sign up, you’ll gain instant access to 45+ channels, including local channels and even free HBO in the Plus and Max channel suites. Plus, it comes with CloudDVR, which lets you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. One account works on two devices, but you can add more devices for only $5.


youtube tv
Monthly$49.99
5-Day Free Trial
YouTube TV Guide
YouTube TV Channels
YouTube TV Devices

YouTube TV is a great solution for families because one subscription can add up to six accounts, and each account comes with unlimited cloud DVR. You can’t beat the variety, either: There are sports channels like NBCSN, NBA TV, and four ESPN channels, while Disney, Disney XD, Disney Junior, and Cartoon Network will keep any kid (or kid at heart) busy for hours. It also comes with a few Spanish-language channels like Telemundo and NBC Universo. AMC, BBC America, and IFC are there too, so you won’t miss out on all that prestige TV. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)


The CW isn’t just a TV station or an app on your phone, it’s available on nearly every major streaming device, meaning its easy to stream CW shows to your big screen at your convenience. All episodes of Nancy Drew (as well as other newer series Batwoman and Katy Keene) are available all season long. Yes, there are ads but on the plus side, you don’t need a cable provider or to log-in, and it’s completely free.

Compatible Devices

RokuChromecastAndroid TV
Apple TVXbox OneAmazon Fire TV
AirPlayi/OSAndroid

CW LIVESTREAM GUIDE

If you’ve missed the latest episodes of your favorite CW shows like Riverdale, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, and others, you can stream select episodes directly from The CW shows. You don’t need credentials or an account to watch the most recent episodes, but each new episode expires after a couple of weeks, so you’ll want to act quickly. You can also catch extended trailers and other video extras, so it’s worth a dive.


Broadcast Channel Guides

ABCCBSFOX
NBCThe CWTelemundo

Entertainment Channel Guides

A&EAMCAnimal Planet
BBC AmericaBETBravo
Cartoon NetworkComedy CentralDiscovery Channel
Disney ChannelDisney XDE!
Food NetworkFreeformFX
FXXHallmark ChannelHGTV
History ChannelIFCLifetime
MTVNat GeoNickelodeon
Nick JrParamount NetworkScience Channel
SundanceSYFYTBS
TLCTravel ChannelTruTV
TNTTV LandUSA
VH1WillowThe Weather Channel

Premium Streaming Service Guides

Amazon PrimeCrunchyRollAcorn TV
CBS All AccessCuriosity StreamAMC Premiere
Disney PlusDC UniverseBritBox
HBO MaxShowtimeShudder
HuluStarzRooster Teeth
NetflixCriterion ChannelYouTube Premium
Peacock

Live TV Service Guides

AT&T TV NOW CBS All AccessFubo TV
Hulu with Live TVPhiloPluto TV
Sling TVVidgoYouTube TV

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*First Published: Oct 14, 2018, 5:30 am