Netflix is losing “The Office” after 2020. NBC confirmed that the network is moving the popular series to its streaming platform in 2021, and we move another inch closer to the day where every channel and movie studio has its own subscription service. Once we reach that point, we will be right back where we started with cable, but at the mercy of our internet service providers (some of which own networks like NBC).
NBCUniversal made the official announcement on Tuesday afternoon, stating that the company secured the exclusive domestic streaming rights to the fan-favorite series. All nine seasons of this NBC sitcom will be available on the company’s soon-to-be-launched streaming service for five years, beginning 2021.
“‘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-Consumer and Digital Enterprises. “We can’t wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBC Universal’s new streaming service.”
“The Office” is the number one series on SVOD. In 2018, it was streamed for over 52 billion minutes, and in April 2019, it was viewed nearly twice as much as the next most-viewed program on SVOD.
“‘ The Office’ is one of our most prized series, and we are thrilled it has found an exciting new home where generation after generation will continue to discover and rediscover Michael Scott’s most cringe-worthy moments, Jim and Pam’s will-they-or-wo n’t-they, and the incredible quirky ensemble that makes each episode a masterclass in comedy,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television.
Based on the award-winning BBC hit, “The Office” features Steve Carrell, Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, B.J. Novak, Craig Robinson, and Mike Schur. “The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels – who developed the series for American audiences – Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Paul Lieberstein, Brent Forrester and Dan Sterling.
NBC Universal‘s ad-supported streaming service is set to launch in 2020.
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