The TV shows available on streaming services change throughout the year. Hulu offers a list of its available programming on its website, while online publications such as Complex offer monthly articles with latest additions to services such as Netflix. AllFlicks also contains a list of available shows on Netflix.
Online streaming services obtain programming through a licensing agreement with the production studio that created the program, with many agreements featuring set time limits on content. Many websites closely monitor services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video to see when new content is updated. For example, AllFlicks maintains a database of available shows, with each listing monitored by site staff and users to verify that the show is currently streaming. The site also contains information about movies featured on Netflix.
Unlike other streaming companies, Hulu contains episodes of currently airing programs in addition to past seasons. This is possible because Hulu is partially owned by several major networks, which means licensing agreements are easier to draft because there is a clear and direct revenue stream for them. Hulu allows anyone to browse lists of its available programming without creating an account, although much of its content requires both an account and a paid subscription.