What you need to know
- NBC Universal is stealing The Office from Netflix.
- In 2021. Not today. Not tomorrow.
- Because it'll have its own streaming service by then and paid more.
Netflix is sad, y'all. It's sad that it's losing The Office. It's sad that you won't be able to watch the American version of the British show that actually finished its run here [checks notes ...] six years ago.
So, go on, folks. Take a minute to feel sad for Netflix.
We're sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts' content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021— Netflix (@netflix) June 25, 2019
Better? OK. Here's what's up. Netflix has the rights to The Office until January 2021. After that, NBC is getting it back for its own streaming service, which it's talked about plenty but hasn't actually launched yet, and won't launch until later this year. But that's OK, because NBC has lots to say about it taking back its show, which is still super popular even though they're not making any new episodes and haven't for a half-dozen years. NBC will get all nine episodes super-important show back for [checks notes ...] a mere five years.
Things get a little complicated, but CNBC had a nice breakdown, with sources saying that Netflix was offering up to $90 million a year to keep The Office. NBC Universal offered more.
"We can't wait to welcome the gang from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal's new streaming service," Bonnie Hammer, Chairman of NBCUniversal Direct-to-Consumer and Digital Enterprises, said in a press release.
NBC says The Office is the top series on any streaming service, having been fed for more than 52 billion minutes in 2018. An in April of this year, "it was viewed nearly twice as much as the next most-viewed program on SVOD."
So, yeah. Folks are still watching it.
As for NBC's upcoming streaming service? All they're saying is that it's still headed our way this year. Until then, there's Netflix.
"THE OFFICE" RETURNS TO NBCUNIVERSAL IN 2021
New York, NY --- June 25, 2019 – NBCUniversal announced today that it has secured the exclusive domestic streaming rights to "The Office." All nine seasons of this beloved 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 NBCUniversal'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-won't-they, and the incredible quirky ensemble that makes each episode a masterclass in comedy," said Pearlena Igbokwe, President, Universal Television.
Produced by Universal Television in association with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions, "The Office" takes a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Based on the award-winning BBC hit, "The Office" is a fly-on-the-wall "docu-reality" parody of modern American office life that delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania.
The show, which premiered on NBC in 2005, created indelible characters like Michael Scott, Dwight Schrute and Pam & Jim, and launched the careers of some of comedy's most celebrated actors, writers and producers, including 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.
In addition to being NBC's highest-rated scripted series for multiple seasons during its run, "The Office" was named one of the best shows on TV by dozens of media outlets, including TIME Magazine, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and The Atlantic, while also being a consistent awards contender with 180 nominations and more than 40 wins. Among its prestigious honors are the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, the Peabody Award, AFI Honors, the Producers Guild Award, the Writers Guild Award, the SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy, and a Television Critic's Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy.
NBCUniversal's ad-supported streaming service is set to launch in 2020. It will feature some of the world's most popular television and film franchises, including homegrown original programming, as well as content from outside partners.
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