The Office could be leaving Netflix. In an assertion Tuesday night time, NBCUniversal has introduced that it’ll eliminate the liked 2000s sitcom from Netflix in 2021, and head exclusively to the company’s imminent and as but unnamed streaming service.
“The Office has come to be a staple of dad-culture and is an unprecedented gem whose relevance continues to develop at a time when fans have greater enjoyment picks than ever before,” Bonnie Hammer, chair of NBCUniversal’s digital organization, stated in an assertion. “We can’t wait to welcome the group from Dunder Mifflin to NBCUniversal’s new streaming carrier.”
Although The Office stopped airing in 2013 after nine seasons at the air, it’s built up a vast new fanbase in its time on Netflix, which presently serves because the unique streaming domestic for the TV series. “I accept as true with it’s the No. 1 most-popular received display on Netflix,” NBC Entertainment chair Robert Greenblatt told New York Magazine final fall. “There are hundreds of thousands of streams of these episodes.”
“According to two assets with knowledge of Netflix’s viewership numbers, The Office is the maximum-watched tv display at the streaming service, period,” mentioned the Daily Beast in December.
As Emily Todd VanDerWerff explained for Vox in January, we can count on to look an increasing number of liked TV classics leaving Netflix over the following few years and go to systems owned with the aid of the businesses that already personal the rights to the TV display, the manner NBCU owns The Office. (NBCU is also an investor in Vox’s discern agency Vox Media.)
“As an increasing number of media companies more and more view Netflix no longer as a manner to make money off their older shows at the same time as getting the ones indicates visible, however as a competitor, the price of these shows simplest is going up,” VanDerWerff wrote. “And as soon as new streaming services from Disney (in order to soon control all the belongings of 20th Century Fox) and Warner Media release later in 2019, the usage of popular applications like Grey’s Anatomy (Disney-owned) and Friends as a trap to draw new subscribers will only come to be greater tempting.”
All of which could explain why NBCU appears to be relying on The Office to be a tentpole for its new streaming service. But what does this mean for you, someone who just desires to relax with your loved one place of work sitcom each night? How lots are you going to must shell out for it on top of your Netflix subscription?
When NBCU’s streaming service launches in 2020, it will be free to anybody with a paid TV subscription. Otherwise, the service will cost approximately $12 a month, and whichever model you’re the usage of, there can be 3 to five mins of advertisements consistent with an hour of programming. Details on the carrier have not but been finalized, so the very last subscription charge might be a touch greater or much less than $12, but you may count on the charge tag to be round there. Comparatively, Netflix subscriptions begin at $eight.Ninety-nine for the most basic plan, even as the maximum popular plan charges $12.Ninety-nine.
If your primary precedence here is simply to look at The Office on every occasion, you want to, and also you aren’t already promised free get admission to to the forthcoming NBCU service, $12 a month would possibly strike you like a hefty price tag. That’s $one hundred forty-four a year simply to observe Michael Scott say “that’s what she stated” any time you need, and also you’ll nevertheless watch commercials.
There are other alternatives outdoor of streaming, most of which contain owning the series instead of renting it. You can download the collection on iTunes for $ sixty-nine.99 that is much less than half of what it would price to enrol in NBCU for a year. The entire collection DVD set has a list price of $99.Ninety-eight and is presently available on Amazon for $76.99, approximately fifty-three per cent of the fee of a year’s subscription to NBCU.
And until the end of the subsequent 12 months, you’ll be capable of preserve streaming The Office on Netflix. After that, you’ll make your new plans for 2021.