The Office is Getting Taken Away From Netflix
One of the most popular shows, The Office, will be taken off from Netflix starting in 2021. The arrangement between Netflix and NBCUniversal, allowing Netflix to stream its show is coming to an end in 2020. NBCUniversal will be able to stream its own show in 2021. The Office is one of the biggest and most popular shows, and now NBCUniversal will have exclusive streaming rights giving them an advantage to the other streaming services.
The Office is without a doubt a very important show to have. According to the Wallstreet Journal, The Office has more than 52 billion minutes watched in 2018, about 3 percent of all Netflix minutes watched in the US. In a press release, Bonnie Hammer, chairman of NBCUniversal direct-to-consumer and digital enterprises, described the show as 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”.
NBCUniversal has been talking about bringing back The Office for exclusive steaming with their service for a while now. Chairman of advertisements and partnerships at NBCUniversal, Linda Yaccarino, said in May that NBCUniversal’s most adored series were “coming home”.
As the streaming wars heat up, having The Office exclusively on NBCUniversal will be a great advantage for them. Disney and WarnerMedia did the same thing with their shows, got the streaming rights back from Netflix. Disney + services is expected to launch in November for $6.99 a month. WarnerMedia will be taking back Friends from Netflix for their streaming services launch in 2020, which will cost around $16 a month. $100 million was paid to WarnerMedia by Netflix in order for them to keep Friends to the end of 2019.
All of these streaming services are going to be unique, they will have different shows. Everyone will have to pay for separate accounts to watch the different shows they want to.