The Office Leaving Netflix for NBC's Streaming Service in 2021

Brenda Watkins
June 26, 2019

Netflix has announced that "The Office" will leave the streaming platform in 2021.

Though the quality of exclusive content being put out by streaming services makes "cancel your subscription" an ever-increasingly hard button to press, this news may push fans of The Office over the paywall edge.

Netflix fans will have to binge The Office as much as they can in the next two years, because the hit comedy series will be leaving the streaming service. Netflix is certainly out.

The Office was streamed for over 52 billion minutes in 2018, making it the most watched show on any streaming service.

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That's because WarnerMedia (the parent company of "Friends" studio Warner Bros.) will be launching its own streaming service, which will be populated with WB content, while Disney recently announced plans for its Disney+ streaming service, which will feature Disney-owned content - including "Star Wars", Marvel Studios and Pixar releases - none of which will be good news for Netflix. Hey, if you can't beat 'em, throw subtle shade at them and enjoy the streaming rights while you still have 'em, right?

NBC is set to launch its ad-supporting streaming service in the first quarter of 2020. It doesn't make much sense, the thinking goes, for NBC to let a competitor keep one of its top shows of all time. In fact, it is the most watched show on Netflix - but that is coming to an end.

It will get a five-year exclusive run on NBCU's new service when it arrives in a couple of years. And, I think Netflix will still be able to buy the streaming rights to new and old shows in the future. NBCUniversal will eventually need the service to generate subscription revenue, though, and a service stuffed with NBC comedies, Bravo's Real Housewives catalog, The Fast and the Furious oeuvre, the How to Train Your Dragon franchise, my beloved Minions, and a lot of originals could absolutely do that. CBS has already launched its own on-demand and live television service in the form of CBS All Access, and the majority of premium television networks have launched similar offerings, including HBO, Starz, Epix, and Showtime.

P.S. Netflix is not sweating this news in the slightest. Why?

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