'The Office' is leaving Netflix in 2021

Jun 29, 2019, 01:21
'The Office' is leaving Netflix in 2021

While the announcement comes to the disappointment of many fans, it is not a surprising move from NBCUniversal's part, especially given the vast success of the sitcom. But fear not-for people staunchly opposed to adding another service in, Netflix offered a reminder to viewers right after the announcement.

Fans were quick to express their feelings about the decision on social media.

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"'The Office' has become a staple of pop-culture and is a rare gem whose relevance continues to grow at a time when fans have more entertainment choices than ever before", said Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Direct-to-Customer and Digital Enterprises.

Once "The Office" is done on Netflix, it is slated to stream exclusively on NBCUniversal's planned streaming service starting in January 2021. It's the No. 1 streamed show and accounted for more than 52 billion minutes of viewing a year ago, according to NBCUniversal, a unit of Comcast Corp. No longer content to provide content for competitors Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, everyone and anyone is creating their own niche streaming TV service to rake in those sweet subscription bucks. NBC topped the offer by an additional $10 million and regained its rights to the show. It's certainly "sad" for the streaming giant: The Office is the most popular show on all streaming services. The move bolsters the potential appeal of NBC's ad-supported streaming service, which is set to launch in the first quarter of 2020. However, the property is owned by NBC, where it originally aired for nine seasons and will head to its own streaming service in 2021. Netflix have a contract with NBC that allows them the rights to stream the show domestically.

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The official launches of VOD services from Disney, NBCUniversal and other major players are still months away, but the battle for talent and programming is underway. And they paid a hefty $500 million to get the show for five years.

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