Netflix has been the household name for binge-worthy TV platforms. The Office, which aired on NBC, has been replayed countless times for people wanting a laugh. Unfortunately, the show will be saying goodbye to Netflix subscribers in 2021.
The End Of An Era
NBC revealed plans to remove the popular show to place on their streaming service. “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,” Universal Television president Pearlena Igbokwe said in a press release. The show will reportedly be on their streaming service for at least five years.
Based on the BBC sitcom of the same name, The Office debuted in 2005 with huge ratings. Overall, the series earned five Emmy awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series. The series launched the careers of numerous stars, including Steve Carell, John Krasinski, and Mindy Kaling.
One Last Pitch
As expected, Netflix didn’t want to lose one of the biggest shows. In fact, The Office was the most streamed series on the service in 2018. Unfortunately, NBC didn’t agree to what Netflix was offering to keep the series.
“A person familiar with the negotiations said Netflix made an offer to keep it, but the offer was rejected. Netflix was willing to pay up to $90 million a year for the rights, but NBC topped that offer and will pay $100 million. (The Office was produced by Universal Television, a different division of NBCUniversal, in association with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions.) One idea under consideration was to split the rights, with Netflix being the home for ad-free watching, and NBC’s service being the ad-supported option,” stated CNBC writer Alex Sherman. This isn’t the only major NBC property leaving the streaming service. Back in December, it was revealed that Friends would depart from Netflix at the end of this year.
Streaming Services Galore
In what could be a slight jab at NBC, Netflix took to social media to confirm the news. “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,” they tweeted. Fans were completely stunned at NBC’s decision. “The whole POINT of Netflix was to have many shows and movies available in one place. If every network and movie company has their own “premium streaming” service, we’re gonna be right back where we started with rampant piracy,” Twitter user Spindash54 said. Many disheartened fans simply replied with the iconic “No God, please no!” gif from the series.
NBC will launch its streaming service in early 2020. People that subscribe to a pay-TV service will get free access to their forthcoming platform. Everyone else will have to pay $12 per month to access it. Much like Hulu, the ads will run from three to five minutes per every hour watched. “One of the interesting things about this that makes it different and innovative is that we’ll have a big emphasis on free-to-consumer. We want to create a platform that has significant scale and can scale quickly. The best way to do that is to make it free to consumers and leverage the fact that NBCUniversal’s sister company is a cable company and now owns Sky,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said to CNBC. Upcoming services from Disney and Apple will make the streaming war a rougher one. Fans will have to dictate with their wallets if they’re okay with this.
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