Arrow is coming to free-to-air. Viacom’s recently launched Paramount Network has acquired FTA rights to The CW’s long-running comic book series after striking a deal with international distributor Warner Bros International Television Distribution.
This marks the third deal that WBITD has secured for Arrow in the UK. They have a long-standing first window agreement for the show with Sky One, while Amazon secured SVOD rights back in 2014. The first season of Arrow will premiere on Paramount later this month.
Arrow follows Oliver Queen, a millionaire playboy who, after being stranded on the island of Lian Yu for the past five years, returns to Starling City and assumes the identity of a hooded vigilante to go after the worst criminals and restore the city to its former glory.
The drama series, which is based on the DC Comics character Green Arrow, is produced by Warner Bros. Television and stars Stephen Amell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland, Emily Bett Rickards, Echo Kellum, John Barrowman and Paul Blackthorne. A seventh season is set to premiere later this year on The CW in the United States and Sky One here in the UK.
Paramount Network has slowly been stocking up on U.S. acquisitions. Since their launch, they have secured FTA rights to such shows as Suits, Marvel’s Agent Carter, Sleepy Hollow and Designated Survivor. The channel also has one exclusive first run acquisition in the short-lived Kaitlin Olsen (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) fronted Fox comedy The Mick, which is set to premiere later this year.