Time Warner CEO signals delays for DC shows on Netflix, Hulu

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fans of superhero shows based in the DC Comics universe like "The Flash," ''Arrow" and "Gotham" might have to wait a lot longer for past seasons to come to Netflix and Hulu.

Jeff Bewkes, the chief executive of DC-owner Time Warner Inc., told analysts on a conference call Wednesday that the company is reconsidering whether to license series just a season old to such services, known as subscription video-on-demand.

He said that the reconsideration could push licensing of those shows out "to a multi-year period" similar to traditional syndication. That means roughly three years after a show first airs on TV.

Bewkes also said that could mean adding more shows for on-demand to people who pay for TV packages from providers like cable and satellite companies.