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‘The Office’ Is Leaving Netflix, Coming Exclusively to NBCU Streaming Service in 2021

Jason Gurwin

The Office may have gone off the air in 2013, but it remains one of the funniest and most-liked (and watched) TV shows today. In fact, it is the most watched show on Netflix — but that is coming to an end. After much speculation, NBCUniversal confirmed that all nine seasons of the beloved show will be made available exclusively on NBCU’s streaming service starting in 2021 for at least 5 years.

Netflix has also confirmed with a Tweet that the show will be available on their service only until January 2021.

According to NBC, “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.

While media companies had licensed to services like Netflix, Prime Video, and Hulu in the past, many have started to bring back a lot of that content exclusively to their own platform. In November, Disney will be launching Disney+ which will includes the company’s entire 2019 slate of films — which previously went to Netflix. WarnerMedia has indicated that shows like Friends, which is currently on Netflix, could move their own streaming service which will debut in late 2019.

NBCU is going with a different approach for their streaming service. Unlike services like Netflix and Prime Video, the service will be free to anyone who subscribes to a pay TV service, including vMVPDs. Similar to Hulu though, the service will offer an ad-free tier for an additional fee — which has been previously reported at $10+.

NBC hopes by making it free, it can quickly amass a 20-30 million subscriber base similar to that of Netflix and Hulu. They expect to be able to accrue $5 in ad-revenue per month per subscriber by airing 3-5 minutes of ads per hour. It’s expected to include ~1,500 NBC TV shows, as well as Universal’s library of movies.

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