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App last updated Oct 18, 2017
New in version v2.14.5

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The CW App is the only way to watch FREE EPISODES of your favorite shows whenever you want. You don’t need a subscription or password. Just install the app and stream the hit series Riverdale, along with The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supernatural, Dynasty, Jane The Virgin, The 100, Valor, iZombie, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, The Originals and more. Missed last night’s episode? Watch it now for free. Behind more than one? Catch up on the last five episodes aired anytime. And coming soon to The CW, get ready for Black Lightning and Life Sentence!

Features Include:
* FULL EPISODES: Watch the latest episodes of every primetime show the day after broadcast
* NO LOGINS: No cable subscription, no credit cards, no passwords. Ever.
* PUSH NOTIFICATIONS: Get reminded when your favorite shows air and when they’re available to watch in the app.
* EXTRAS: See previews for upcoming episodes, behind-the-scenes extras, cast interviews, and more.
* PHOTOS: Browse extensive photo galleries for episodic and publicity stills.
* EASY ACCESS TO CW SEED: Binge on new classics like The Secret Circle, Everwood, The Game, Girlfriends, Everybody Hates Chris, and Constantine, digital series like DC’s Vixen, and every episode of Whose Line.

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Unwanted subtitles
Lupe88 on 10/19/2017
Love the app! Had it for ages now. But what I don't love is the subtitles popping up when i clearly have them turned off. Fix that and all will be well
Very slow and very frequently has troubles loading shows
Chele12345678901 on 10/19/2017
I love the cw channel and the shows it offers but unfortunately the app itself is very very slow and take a very very long time to load. When it does load, it has to buffer every 30 seconds to 2 minutes.
Just trying to watch Riverdale
Keshaisbetterthanu on 10/19/2017
The app is pointless as it crashes immediately after the logo when opening the app. I have deleted it and reinstalled it but it still doesn’t work. Nice app!
Annoying commercials
jaydabozz on 10/19/2017
If u want the app to be better take away the commercials plz
Kellyliz22 on 10/19/2017
Thank you, CW, for having new episodes available on the app the night that they air! I have Riverdale recorded on my DVR at home (of course) but I'm out of town and NEEDED to watch it tonight! I panicked because most channels do not upload new episodes until the day after they air, so I was SO excited to get to watch it tonight!!!!
It needs fixing
Particalemisionman on 10/18/2017
I can't watch anything because the app says "server error" every time I try to watch anything.could you please fix this problem I have deleted and reinstalled the app and shut my phone off but I keep running into the same problem. I am using a iPhone 5c by the way.
Won’t stop crashing
The cowwwwwww343637 on 10/18/2017
I love this app but ever since iOS 11 the app will never open, it always crashes right after loading wheel. Please fix this.
Love the service
EZ Mac on 10/18/2017
App instantly crashes when I open it on my iPhone8+.
CC won't turn off! 😤
Mary1803 on 10/18/2017
Love this app but the whole CC thing is distracting and annoying. I've triple checked iPad settings and app setting and CC is off on everything but videos still show the subtitles no matter what I do. Please fix whatever is causing it.
Tickhead 1 on 10/18/2017
The app says that riverdale comes on at 8/7c and I live in central time. It's almost 9:00 and the show is still not in the app. I also got a notification that the show would be on the app in 15 minutes at 8:45, like I said it's almost 9:00 and the show is still not on there
Bethany'hay on 10/18/2017
When it comes on tv it should come on the app with out having to wait a whole day to watch it
Not working
rebels46 on 10/18/2017
App is not working at all
Won’t even open
Whatevevs on 10/18/2017
I can’t even open the app because it keeps on crashing.
MellyAK on 10/18/2017
Not sure if it’s IOS 11 but this dang app keeps closing on its own every half hour to 45 minuets !!!
Errcanicole4 on 10/18/2017
i was under the impression that this app/website allows you to watch the cw live. i was extremely disappointed to realize that that was not the case. if you were to provide that service along with work on the fact that all of your episodes freeze randomly, i would be much happier with this app/website.
Please Add local CW Stations live feed.
miller-reviews on 10/18/2017
I love it allows me to watch Riverdale the next day without having to authenticate with a tv provider. It would be nice if they had a way you either pay for or sign in to a tv provider to get ad free access to the show. I also would love it if they added a live feed of local CW Stations so I could watch live.
love it❤️
ModnightMoonlightEmbers on 10/18/2017
this apps rly good ^
Can’t do anything on 10/18/2017
Every time I go on the app click the show click the episode it says unable to load I’m so mad about it please read this and tell me why it’s not working but everything else is good like the schedules only shows won’t work and episodes
Createnicknameig on 10/18/2017
Love how convenient the app is but it’s so glitchy it’s hard to enjoy it
Video quality and buffering need improvements
Dersursine on 10/18/2017
Wanted to watch the new season of Riverdale, but the stream was low quality and buffered so often and for so long that the show was unwatchable. Our network doesn’t have issues with other apps, even under heavy use, so the problem seemed to be server side.
Hate it
Adi njjkkkk on 10/18/2017
It’s just horrible
App crashes
RlkyyhyfgytMoommaa on 10/18/2017
Every time i try to open the app it crashes. Ive restarted multiple times but it still happens
Download option?
yankicolon on 10/18/2017
I love the app, have used it for a while now. I would like a Download option for episodes though. I live in Puerto Rico where connectivity is scarce due to Hurricane Maria, and I have missed all my favorite shows because of this 😣. A download option would’ve been perfect
App is buggy
pizza344 on 10/18/2017
I am trying to watch flash but it keeps crashing help
I love this but some issues
ArrowExpert34 on 10/18/2017
I love this app I’m able to stream all my favorite cw shows. But recently I have been unable to due to server errrors
App crashed consistently
Musicality4life on 10/18/2017
Kept crashing. Couldn't watch anything.
The Black Bars
IkzanderDaBEAST on 10/17/2017
The black bars are buggy. If you accidentally touch the screen the the black bars won’t go away (the ones that fast forward, pause ,etc.) But really other than crashing, this app is pretty neat. Just please fix the bugs. Thank you!
The video
Everyone.LOOK. on 10/17/2017
Ok so, whenever I try watching a episode, it closes the app on me, anyone help me with this?
The flash
I’m trying to watch season four of the flash except that it only shows me episode one and I can’t find a way to find the rest of the episodes
I can’t get rid of the CC
Lexie Hernandez on 10/17/2017
Closed captioning is turned off on my phone and in the app. But why do I still have subtitles? I deleted and reinstalled the app and it’s the same issue. It’s with all shows. Commercials don’t have them. Just the shows. Fix it pleeeeeeaase.
Hate it
punisher1980 on 10/17/2017
Whenever I try to watch my episodes of Supergirl it says that the episode is unavailable and I’m connected to WiFi I have my software updates in I don’t get it don’t buy it it is a wast of time and you can’t even watch you tv shows
Big bear47/17834:) on 10/17/2017
I don’t know why but after I installed the newest update for the app there is always captions (that are unable to be turned off I tried many ways) and the white bar that tells you how far in the show you are will not go away......use to always watch shows on this but not I can’t cause it drives me insane
What App?!?
ScarletSpeedster01 on 10/16/2017
Is it just me or is this app totally not working? I was so excited to download and use this app and to my dismay, it's freakin' not working. The home page displays nothing and it also says no videos available. I tried sending feedback by going to the info tab but it too reads 'page is unavailable'. Am I missing something here?!?
ioreobot on 10/16/2017
it won’t even open on my phone smh i just wanted to watch jane the virgin 😞
Love this App!
Asksundbdhendjdnd on 10/16/2017
I love multiple shows on The CW and when I decided to quit cable I was sad that I would not be able to watch my shows until they came in Netflix. When I found out about this app I was soooooo excited. I absolutely love it! Yes there are commercials but not too many. I am so happy I found this app.
Love it
Truerthinu on 10/16/2017
I downloaded this app because I wanted to watch Riverdale and with this app and Netflix I’m ready to start using it to watch other shows.But I do wish you could download episodes so if I miss an episode I can download it and watch it on the bus.
App will not load with IOS 11
Superfit25 on 10/16/2017
Since this IOS 11 update, there are many apps that haven’t updated along with it, and CW is one of those apps. Please fix it.
i love the app but..
Lexie Parks on 10/16/2017
i like be the app, most of my favorite shows are on cw, however sometimes i try to watch shows and it brings up “play back error” i’ve tried restarting the app and my phone, even re-downloading but nothing seems to work. i also noticed that when i pause the video and come back the play back bar doesn’t go away.
Autumskyok on 10/16/2017
I'm going to give the app a 4 out of 5 stars. Only reason for not choosing 5 stars is because I absolutely hate the ridiculous amount of commercials when I'm trying to watch Riverdale lol but other than that it's a great app if you don't have the time to watch your shows during the week oh and it's free!
Ememmeneennehdnddhjsskls on 10/16/2017
Glad I can watch the flash on this
Olay tank on 10/15/2017
I installed it for riverdale but the app keeps crashing and won’t let me open the App it gets to cw dare to defy then crashes
Awesome rhksndjfnsn on 10/15/2017
Sammieeejj on 10/15/2017
I literally can’t stand this app it freezes all the time and if you go out of the app it loses your place where you were watching a show makes you watch the commercials over and over again if you go out of app, won’t let you skip ahead when it resets on you I wish they would just add the shows back to Hulu I much rather pay the $11.99 a month and watch it on there it’s almost like they want you to get frustrated and just buy the Episode on the Store. I honestly just don’t even want to watch any of their shows because I have to watch on this app half the time.
Lack of Airplay
Trainable Girl on 10/15/2017
The description states the app now supports Airplay, but it doesn’t. They’ll direct you on how to set screen mirroring, but it isn’t actual Airplay, so its poor quality drags and is jumpy on your tv, and you can’t use your iPhone while you do it. I can Airplay ads on anime websites, but I can’t Airplay a tv show from a huge network? Makes no sense. In the future, please put actual Airplay in your app and not just the instructions on screen monitoring.
It never actually loads
hereistheteuth on 10/15/2017
I have never gotten through a show with out buffering, and no it's not my internet all other of my tv watching apps work perfectly fine. Please just sign a deal with Hulu and stop trying to compete with other services because they have you beat.
Love the service... app seems a bit buggy with Chromecast
Mmlw0421 on 10/15/2017
Not sure if it is the new iOS software or what but just recently there have been issues casting to Google Chromecast. It’s slow/laggy, doesn’t let you control much because the app seems unresponsive, etc. I had to reset it twice during a show because it simply stopped working. Haven’t had these issues in the past and love that the CW has this app available - maybe it needs some bug fixes with the new software updates! (For the record, I didn’t have any issue with the bar at the bottom showing up during the show... actually, the opposite, I had to exit out and go back into the episode to get that feature to show up at all!)
No available videos
ajxhsjjd on 10/14/2017
Can’t access anything. Shows no available videos in home screen and nothing else.
Server unable to play video
Mamaduck on 10/14/2017
Every single show I try to watch, I get the same message. Weather on WiFi or using data. Am I doing something wrong?
Keeps crashing
Deathblaze65 on 10/14/2017
When I saw this app on the App of the day, I thought, oh, I could catch up on my favorite show, the flash. I GUESS NOT. It plays the intro video and it immediately crashes. All my other apps work fine on my iPhone 6.
My Favorite
Jenwelch3 on 10/14/2017
I absolutely love the cw app! It is free! The shows are fantastic and it always works!!!
Fact Sheet
  • Publisher: The CW Network, LLC
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Released: Mar 14, 2012
  • Current Version Released: Oct 18, 2017
  • Version: v2.14.5
  • Size: 31.7 MB
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 9.0 or later.
  • Recommended Age: 12+
  • Game Center Certified: No
  • Supported Devices: iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX,
  • Supported Languages: Basque; Dutch; Flemish; English; French; German; Japanese; Korean; Chinese; Vietnamese;
  • Parental Advisory: Fear Themes; Mild Cartoon or Fantasy Violence; Mild Alcohol, Tobacco, or Drug Use or References; Suggestive Themes; Mild Realistic Violence;