Published: Thu, June 27, 2019
Culture | By Margie Dunn

The Office (US) To Be Removed From Netflix

The Office (US) To Be Removed From Netflix

Fans of The Office won't have the luxury of binge watching the beloved series on Netflix for much longer.

Universal will pull all nine seasons of The Office from Netflix in 2021 as the sitcom behemoth heads to NBCU's own, soon-to-be-launched streaming service.

The company will be moving the hit series to its new streaming service, exclusively, for five years, they revealed on Tuesday (June 25). More than any of its streaming contemporaries, Netflix has been investing heavily in original content in an effort to insulate itself from the loss of popular broadcast television shows as more and more media companies seek to create their own streaming portals.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC outbid Netflix, paying $100 million per year for USA streaming rights to the show for five years.

The Office, since originally premiering on NBC in 2005, has become the number one series on SVOD (Subscription Video On Demand) with over 52 billion minutes watched in 2018. Netflix has 60 million USA subscribers, Hulu has 28 million US subscribers, and the Disney+ service launching this fall with the Marvel, Lucasfilm, Pixar and Disney catalogs and new originals has the makings of a massive hit.

'We can't wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal's new streaming service, ' she added.

Netflix cushioned the blow by sending fans a Twitter reminder that Carell will soon be seen in upcoming Netflix comedy "Space Force", based on the Trump administration's planned outer-space arm of the USA military.

According to CNBC reporter, Alex Sherman, we now know several key aspects of the negotiations.

The initial value proposition for the NBC service will be as a free, ad-supported TV Everywhere app for pay-TV subscribers.

Another complained, "There's too many streaming services".

As for NBCU's plans for its new streamer, Variety has previously noted that it's taking a different route than most of its peers.

Do you think $90 million is worth it for The Office or are those funds better spent elsewhere?

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