Netflix has lost airing rights to The Office after NBCUniversal announced plans to launch its own streaming service.
The sitcom starring Steve Carell will depart Netflix by January 2021. Fans and potential fans of the show will have over a year to binge watch the hit comedy series. Netflix currently holds nine seasons of the American television show for online streaming.
The streaming giant will suffer this blow after Disney pulled out its movies and shows for its own streaming service, Disney+.
The Comcast media company behind the Jurassic franchise, NBC, ad Bravo took back the rights to the show to air in its own streaming service set for release next year. The future streaming platform will feature NBC programs as well as third-party content.
Pearlena Igbokwe, President of the original production company of The Office, Universal Television, said: “The Office is one of our most prized series.” he series was co-prodcued by Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions.
Netflix has turned to Twitter to announce the show’s departure from their streaming service. The Tweet read:
“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.”
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 US (@netflix) June 25, 2019
While fans of the show are distraught over the announcement, even celebrities have expressed their disappointment. This includes Netflix star, Lana Condor. See the post below:
The series that aired in 2005 has been the most viewed series on all streaming platforms. According to the NBC it has been viewed for about 52 billion minutes.
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