South Park is making headlines again, only this time, it’s not because the animated show is banned in yet another country.
In fact, this is actually good news for the American sit-com. Streaming rights for South Park are available for bidding and the Comedy Central original is expected to bag a massive deal soon. This begs the question, which streaming platform will win the bidding war for the show?
According to news outlet Bloomberg, South Park creators Trey Parker, Matt Stone, and Viacom are targeting an estimated price that will range from USD450 million to USD500 million. This will then be split right in the middle between Viacom and the duo. They are reportedly eyeing to seal a deal with a platform by the end of this year. However, the word in the rumor mill is that a deal might be struck as early as the coming weekend.
According to Cinemablend’s sources, a lineup of major streamers is still in the game to win the show’s streaming rights. An insider who is familiar with the negotiations claims that Netflix has backed out of the bidding after cashing out on Seinfeld. While the streaming giant is known for buying tv classics, the move to back out is not surprising. Netflix has been pushing for original content over existing shows. While it is true that Netflix has dropped a ton of money to keep certain syndicated shows, walking away from South Park isn’t too surprising given its push for original content.
It won’t be long until fans can stream the animated adult comedy once a deal is finally made.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.