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4.4
477.9K+ Ratings
  1. 5
    69+%
  2. 4
    16+%
  3. 3
    5+%
  4. 2
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  • Two things I dislike Dec 17, 2018

    By B:
    The first thing is there are way too many ads. Ok so I get you have to have ads to have a free app, but can’t you make it so if I was at a part after an ad I don’t have to go through all the ads. I mean every 6-12 minutes there is a series of 6 ads and not even different ones. Usually they are almost exactly the same as the last series of ads I watched. It’s soooo annoying. Second thing is that they app only has the last 5 episodes of the tv series. So if I want to watch a new series that has 10 episodes I have to find the first 5 episodes on other apps or websites and it’s quite annoying. I usually end up using other apps/websites instead of this one for these reasons. I know you can’t get rid of all ads and maybe you can’t even make every episode of a show available but it would be nice to not have sooo many ads and at least AT LEAST the 10 latest episodes of a tv series. I suggest to only use this app if you have patience for ads and you are on the lasted 5 episodes of a show. So honestly only download this if you don’t have another app that has your favorite shows.
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Bryan Dominguez
    As far as the app watching goes, the repetitive, sometimes too many ad breaks with the same set of commercials is annoying. An update they did several months ago caused the full screen to not go full screen but leaves the Android button bar to be exposed, making for a bright white bar blinding for night watching. It still isn't fixed. I would pay $5.00/month to remove the ads and reduce watching time.
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  • Awesome App! Free with commercials Jun 20, 2018

    By Ablest gabble
    I REALLY LOVE this app!!! If I miss the CW tv shows I want to watch the night before, I can watch them in this app for quite a while after they air on tv before they expire from the app. And it being free just for the normal commercial breaks that the regular shows have is AWESOME!!!!!! I can totally watch commercials if it means a free experience to be able to watch my shows if I miss them when they air!!!! I’m currently addicted to Supernatural and have been since it began airing. Sometimes it’s changing schedule from season to season makes me miss an episode here or there. This app allows me to watch or rewatch an aired episode from the night before to keep up with the story arcs with my favorite CW show! It usually allows a week to 3 weeks or so to watch an episode after it airs. Then it will expire from the app. And since I don’t have much money to pay for a service AND my cell phone, I REALLY appreciate that it’s free, just for the trade off of having commercial breaks build into the show! I can totally live with that!!!!! THANK YOU CW APP!!! 💖
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  • Feb 25, 2021

    By Ronald Altamirano
    This is a pretty good app: It's free, it has the newest cw shows, and it's in hd quality. A common complaint I see in the comments is too many ads; It's free and it's not like you wouldn't get just as many on tv. Although, monthly payments to remove ads would be a great idea. My complaint is full screen mode. I couldn't find a setting to make the screen fit my phone, nor did the pinching or double tap method work. Instead, I'm left with blacks spot around my video which is pretty unsatisfying.
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  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Kristiana Parr
    Ever since I updated my app all I've had is problems. I can't even go 2 full minutes without it buffering or skipping, and it's not my TV this time. It's very frustrating because an hour long show has taken me almost 2 hours to watch and I'm only 30 minutes into it. Wish I didn't update it. 🙄
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Nathan De Jesus
    Horrible app This has to be one of the worst apps I've ever used. Constantly crashing, incredibly slow, no quality selection option, can't go full screen, and much more. I love CW shows and it saddens me that this is the app they have. Everyone talks about the ads, but don't be fooled - everything about this app is horrible. It blows my mind this has 4.4 Star rating. Just wish they'd come out with a subscription service for a better experience
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  • Horribly bad orientation controls May 24, 2019

    By $1K Master
    This app is incomprehensibly bad, at least as far as how it displays when holding the iPad in different orientations. For starters, when you open the app, it only supports portrait orientation, with the home button at the bottom. Now let’s be clear about something. We are watching a video, the only way to watch it is in landscape orientation. And that is exactly how the videos will play, but before you can watch them, you have to browse the selection screen with iPad held upright in portrait orientation. That is incomprehensibly ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you want to browse the listings in the same orientation as you are going to watch them in? As it is, the iPad is often easier to hold in landscape orientation. And it’s not like there isn’t an existing CW app that is used exclusively in landscape orientation. Hello Apple TV! But this gets better. Sometimes I have to have my iPad in landscape orientation with the home button on the left side, so I can have it plugged in while I’m watching something. And while the actual videos “can” play oriented correctly regardless of which side is up, when you pause a video, it will resume upside down if your iPad is held (or on a stand in my case) with the home button is on the left. And of course, when you exit a video, the home screen for the app is sideways. You would think the developers of The CW app have not actually used it themselves. It’s just that incomprehensibly absurd in the way it works.
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Vong Xiong
    Show will play for about 30 seconds and stop for loading. Checked wifi connection and I'm getting over 150mbps. Have no other issue with other app to watch movie or other show. Can't do complete full screen, it show my navigation bar on the side that's annoying. I got so annoyed with the loading, after 5 minutes of trying to watch Flash, i just gave up. Took my 15 minutes just to watch 5 minutes of the show. Please fix and less ads.
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  • Great content, but the app is badly designed, especially on the iPad. Jan 23, 2020

    By techfreak23
    I love the Arrowverse shows. That’s the only reason I watch CW shows. I’m glad I was able to watch the Crisis on Infinite Earths series without having to resort to a less than reputable streaming site, but the app makes me really want to again. The iPad version of the app only allows you to browse in portrait, but goes to landscape when playing a video. It does not, however, let you switch landscape orientations. The ads are also extremely annoying. I get they need ad revenue to continue making money and the shows, but play some different ads. Don’t play the same set of 3-5 ads for the whole episode. It’s also very buggy when it comes to resuming an episode. I already watched your annoying ads. Don’t force me to watch them again to get back to the point I was at. Sometimes it will even start me back to the previous part of the video I already watched before the ads. Then I have to skip back to the point I was at only to be shown the exact same ads! People want to watch the content legally, but the lengthy repetitive ads and bugs make you want to go find it elsewhere for free with no ads. Fix your app!
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Caleb Lehman
    I don't like how the videos have a tendency to buffer and buffer now matter what kind of connection you have, I'm not opposed to watching ads since it's a free app but when the only thing that plays properly is the ads that's ridiculous if this wasn't the case I would make this a higher rating
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  • Awesome App! Free with commercials Jun 20, 2018

    By Ablest gabble
    I REALLY LOVE this app!!! If I miss the CW tv shows I want to watch the night before, I can watch them in this app for quite a while after they air on tv before they expire from the app. And it being free just for the normal commercial breaks that the regular shows have is AWESOME!!!!!! I can totally watch commercials if it means a free experience to be able to watch my shows if I miss them when they air!!!! I’m currently addicted to Supernatural and have been since it began airing. Sometimes it’s changing schedule from season to season makes me miss an episode here or there. This app allows me to watch or rewatch an aired episode from the night before to keep up with the story arcs with my favorite CW show! It usually allows a week to 3 weeks or so to watch an episode after it airs. Then it will expire from the app. And since I don’t have much money to pay for a service AND my cell phone, I REALLY appreciate that it’s free, just for the trade off of having commercial breaks build into the show! I can totally live with that!!!!! THANK YOU CW APP!!! 💖
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  • Great App Mar 6, 2019

    By XaaM3
    This app is great. I don’t really have time to watch my shows on The CW, always working. So I come to this free app to watch all my CW shows. I’ve been watch channel 56 all my life, since the mid 80,s. And it is my favorite channel. It used to have all the good cartoons in the early times for kids and in the evening times, the dramas. Gilmore Girls, Smallville, Dawson’s Creek, Buffy, Angel, Supernatural, Fresh Prince, Tiny Toons, Anamaniacs, VR Troopers, Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Marvels Shield, Constantine, Charmed (old version), and so, so much more. I recently had the playback error and it made me stop watching for a bit, but I did write to the CW Support team and after a couple of days they fixed the problem. Haven’t been on to check to see if it works yet but I am confident that the problem has been solved. Many other apps would have you jump through hoops just to fix some problems and sometimes they never get fixed at all. But CW, in a timely manner, they went ahead and listened to the people who downloaded this fine app and fixed the problem. In conclusion, The CW app will always be my #1 app, my go to app, the best. To The CW Team, great work and keep it up. Not many support teams are great like you. I do appreciate all that you do. I don’t usually write review that much but I will express my love for The CW any way that I can. Thank You, X
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Adam Revolver
    It has amazing shows like flash Star Girl Green Arrow they are perfect shows made by a perfect company this app is amazing you should definitely get it and it is one of the things that have been keeping me entertained during the whole pandemic
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  • Feb 25, 2021

    By Ronald Altamirano
    This is a pretty good app: It's free, it has the newest cw shows, and it's in hd quality. A common complaint I see in the comments is too many ads; It's free and it's not like you wouldn't get just as many on tv. Although, monthly payments to remove ads would be a great idea. My complaint is full screen mode. I couldn't find a setting to make the screen fit my phone, nor did the pinching or double tap method work. Instead, I'm left with blacks spot around my video which is pretty unsatisfying.
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  • Okay, could be much better May 7, 2019

    By liaxe
    I am fine with ads, if I wanted no ads I would have just gone and purchased what I want to watch. However the ads need to be quicker maybe 3 min max, and change it up, the same ad 10 times in one 40 minute episode (I’m exaggerating) is hell, and makes it seem even longer. Please fix programming or whatever, I am never sent back to where I was watching when I hit continue, sometimes it won’t let me hit play when I answer a text. It’s obnoxious and I have to restart the app. ⚡️Overall, I like the shows they are great, for me the quality of viewing is great. I think that considering that this is a free app, with free streaming of the most recent episodes of shows, that others should cut The CW some slack. Yes there are issues that can be fixed/improved, but over all very good for free. For other viewers I recommend watching shows in one sitting, or remembering the time you stopped watching. For The CW I recommend fixing some of the glitches of your app, but great job, on the shows concepts, I love the plots.
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  • Apple TV bug Dec 3, 2018

    By Pinaden
    I don’t know which version the bug occurred, but there is an option to skip the credits and roll into the next episode, as watching several in consecutive order, and it seems the audio track continues to play, while the video bumps to the next episode. Once the previous episode ends the track, the next episode begins, along with the audio track for the new episode, so ends up with a fairly garbled track, although there are two distinct tracks playing on top of the other. Otherwise, as we have a busy life, this is a great alternative to watching my DC shows live-play, as I can catch the last few weeks’ worth, as time allows. This occurred a couple of months ago, and was just figured out to be what the issue is that is occurring. I have not, as yet, tried to reinstall the app, but it has been occurring on both of our Apple TV modules, so not sure if it was a glitch that just hadn’t gotten bumped out by a bug fix or if it’s just never been noticed by anyone else.
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  • Two things I dislike Dec 17, 2018

    By B:
    The first thing is there are way too many ads. Ok so I get you have to have ads to have a free app, but can’t you make it so if I was at a part after an ad I don’t have to go through all the ads. I mean every 6-12 minutes there is a series of 6 ads and not even different ones. Usually they are almost exactly the same as the last series of ads I watched. It’s soooo annoying. Second thing is that they app only has the last 5 episodes of the tv series. So if I want to watch a new series that has 10 episodes I have to find the first 5 episodes on other apps or websites and it’s quite annoying. I usually end up using other apps/websites instead of this one for these reasons. I know you can’t get rid of all ads and maybe you can’t even make every episode of a show available but it would be nice to not have sooo many ads and at least AT LEAST the 10 latest episodes of a tv series. I suggest to only use this app if you have patience for ads and you are on the lasted 5 episodes of a show. So honestly only download this if you don’t have another app that has your favorite shows.
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Bryan Dominguez
    As far as the app watching goes, the repetitive, sometimes too many ad breaks with the same set of commercials is annoying. An update they did several months ago caused the full screen to not go full screen but leaves the Android button bar to be exposed, making for a bright white bar blinding for night watching. It still isn't fixed. I would pay $5.00/month to remove the ads and reduce watching time.
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  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Kristiana Parr
    Ever since I updated my app all I've had is problems. I can't even go 2 full minutes without it buffering or skipping, and it's not my TV this time. It's very frustrating because an hour long show has taken me almost 2 hours to watch and I'm only 30 minutes into it. Wish I didn't update it. 🙄
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  • Current issues May 6, 2020

    By Aria Riopolos
    The app frequents issues with your Ads. Sometimes the Ads will run over the show, and I will miss 5 minute increments at a time because the ads play simultaneously and do not pause and start the show. This is a technical problem, but I also have a problem with the ads themselves. I have no control over the ads I see, and your ads often make me uncomfortable and even am often repulsed, as they deal with many thing completely irrelevant to me or expose me to topics that gross me out. It ruins the interest in your shows and the amount of time I am willing to commit and the more it occurs, the less I feel secure in your app. This can and should be remedied by allowing users to elect content of sponsors, or choose from a list of preselected topics at the very least. I honestly wouldn’t even mind seeing the same previews on repeat, so long as I do not have to see the rest of it at all. This allows you to better improve your demographic information as well, so I don’t see why it isn’t already an option, at the very least when you set up the account.
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  • It is free but Jun 2, 2019

    By jdkdhruepwsbdge
    There’s definitely issues but it’s a free streaming service so we can’t complain that much. Sometimes it’s becomes very blurry , commercials are very long, there’s no resume button so if you stop streaming and then go back you have to remember where you stopped or just rewatch the whole thing. Which is sometimes easier because otherwise you’ll watch like 6 minutes of commercials before you get back to your spot. All that I can deal with. most recently I’ve been having a new problem that’s never occurred before. I stream to my tv thru my chrome cast but now as soon as my phone screen locks, it completely kicks me off. Which is like two minutes. I can’t minimize the app because the same thing happens. I have to reconnect and start all over. Not an issue with the internet or chrome cast because Netflix/Hulu work just fine. This maybe started last week. I like a lot of the shows but trying to keep my phone screen active on the cw app screen for 50 minutes is a lot of effort for no reason really, even for a free app.
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  • Great content, but the app is badly designed, especially on the iPad. Jan 23, 2020

    By techfreak23
    I love the Arrowverse shows. That’s the only reason I watch CW shows. I’m glad I was able to watch the Crisis on Infinite Earths series without having to resort to a less than reputable streaming site, but the app makes me really want to again. The iPad version of the app only allows you to browse in portrait, but goes to landscape when playing a video. It does not, however, let you switch landscape orientations. The ads are also extremely annoying. I get they need ad revenue to continue making money and the shows, but play some different ads. Don’t play the same set of 3-5 ads for the whole episode. It’s also very buggy when it comes to resuming an episode. I already watched your annoying ads. Don’t force me to watch them again to get back to the point I was at. Sometimes it will even start me back to the previous part of the video I already watched before the ads. Then I have to skip back to the point I was at only to be shown the exact same ads! People want to watch the content legally, but the lengthy repetitive ads and bugs make you want to go find it elsewhere for free with no ads. Fix your app!
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  • Feb 28, 2021

    By Kyle Archie
    WAY too many ads. It's like watching TV in the days before DVR. This is part of why people cut the cord in the first place. Cut some ads, and cut some of the overpriced MBAs who pitched throwing this many in there in the first place. You'll get more people actually willing to use the app or watch via browsers without ad block if you're more reasonable with ad quantity.
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  • Too many constant glitches Apr 30, 2019

    By hijadeDios_yg
    I enjoy being able to watch my favorite shows even without having Cable TV but it’s truly a pain when I constantly have to exit and enter the app in order for an episode to continue playing because in the transition from ads to episode it just completely freezes. Sometimes there’s discombobulated audio in the background and sometimes even when the visual seems to be working (including not in transition from as to show) the audio just cuts out randomly- with or without headphones. Whenever I stop watching something and go back to the app later, it starts me way earlier in the episode than I was and I have to watch a bunch of ads (that I already watched) in order to get to where I was. I understand that commercials are like TV- but if you’re going to have commercials like TV please have them transition smoothly into the rest of the show. Sometimes my play and skip buttons won’t work at all and I’ll have to completely exit the app and start the episode all over. This app could be great but it just malfunctions constantly.
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  • Technically does the job, but shoddily and amateurishly Aug 30, 2019

    By Travis Jarrod Smith
    It’s all the little things that drag this app down. There’s no way to make it full screen on the newer iPhones, the CC button seems unfunctional half the time, there isn’t a way to pick the quality of the video, you cannot see a timer to tell you how much time is left for the ads, you can only fast forward or rewind in 10 second increments, the overlay with the pause symbol is way too big, the video takes an eternity to load compared to other streaming apps (try to skip forward or backwards and have fun waiting at least those 10 seconds in real time), you cannot view all the episodes at once and pick from them, and the video will sometimes just turn to an all grey screen (fixable only by reloading the video altogether) if it is interrupted in certain ways. While it still technically lets you watch the shows (which is why I go 2 stars instead of 1), it is shoddy and amateurish in how it does that. Quality control must have been nonexistent in the process of developing this app.
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  • Mar 3, 2021

    By Nick Neville
    Love the shows I can watch on it but no matter what device I'm on watching it always freezes or has some type of playback issue. As much money as this station makes I think they can fix it.
  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Nathan De Jesus
    Horrible app This has to be one of the worst apps I've ever used. Constantly crashing, incredibly slow, no quality selection option, can't go full screen, and much more. I love CW shows and it saddens me that this is the app they have. Everyone talks about the ads, but don't be fooled - everything about this app is horrible. It blows my mind this has 4.4 Star rating. Just wish they'd come out with a subscription service for a better experience
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  • Horribly bad orientation controls May 24, 2019

    By $1K Master
    This app is incomprehensibly bad, at least as far as how it displays when holding the iPad in different orientations. For starters, when you open the app, it only supports portrait orientation, with the home button at the bottom. Now let’s be clear about something. We are watching a video, the only way to watch it is in landscape orientation. And that is exactly how the videos will play, but before you can watch them, you have to browse the selection screen with iPad held upright in portrait orientation. That is incomprehensibly ridiculous. Why wouldn’t you want to browse the listings in the same orientation as you are going to watch them in? As it is, the iPad is often easier to hold in landscape orientation. And it’s not like there isn’t an existing CW app that is used exclusively in landscape orientation. Hello Apple TV! But this gets better. Sometimes I have to have my iPad in landscape orientation with the home button on the left side, so I can have it plugged in while I’m watching something. And while the actual videos “can” play oriented correctly regardless of which side is up, when you pause a video, it will resume upside down if your iPad is held (or on a stand in my case) with the home button is on the left. And of course, when you exit a video, the home screen for the app is sideways. You would think the developers of The CW app have not actually used it themselves. It’s just that incomprehensibly absurd in the way it works.
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Vong Xiong
    Show will play for about 30 seconds and stop for loading. Checked wifi connection and I'm getting over 150mbps. Have no other issue with other app to watch movie or other show. Can't do complete full screen, it show my navigation bar on the side that's annoying. I got so annoyed with the loading, after 5 minutes of trying to watch Flash, i just gave up. Took my 15 minutes just to watch 5 minutes of the show. Please fix and less ads.
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Caleb Lehman
    I don't like how the videos have a tendency to buffer and buffer now matter what kind of connection you have, I'm not opposed to watching ads since it's a free app but when the only thing that plays properly is the ads that's ridiculous if this wasn't the case I would make this a higher rating
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  • Mar 4, 2021

    By Annatar
    The app buffers every like 3 seconds for the shows across all my devices. Doesn't matter how fast my internet connection is. I've even tried it on gigabit. The ads sure do run fine though. And there's a lot of them.

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