Classic sitcom 'Seinfeld' will head to Netflix in 2021

Brenda Watkins
September 17, 2019

The company announced in June that "The Office" would be leaving Netflix for NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service in 2021. Hulu remastered the show into an HD, widescreen format, and Netflix will be presenting the entire series in 4K.

Sony Pictures Television, which controls the distribution of Seinfeld, launched its platform, PlayStation Vue, but it never really took off.

The series now streams on Walt Disney Co's Hulu in a deal that runs through 2020. It's why Netflix has reportedly paid over $500 million to secure the rights to the show for five years, starting in 2021. "Now, 30 years after its premiere, Seinfeld remains centre stage".

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Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said: "Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against".

Netflix fought off bids from Hulu, Amazon, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal and Viacom to land Jerry Sienfeld's titular classic 1990s sitcom, which co-starred Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander. Some TV producers believe it has become useless for Netflix to bid against companies that are attempting the rights for their own shows and literally paying themselves. Unfortunately, Netflix is lacking one of Hulu's greatest characteristics to stream the series for Seinfeld fans. "It is as fresh and amusing as it ever will be".

The news emerges as Netflix braces to lose both Friends and the Office, two of its most famous 2018 shows. WarnerMedia won back rights to the programme this summer after first striking a headline-grabbing deal with Netflix for the show in December - a deal that secured Friends for the platform till the end of 2019.

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