The Office Could Be Pulled From Netflix As NBC Launches Own Streaming Service
Back in the good ole days there was only a handful of streaming services. But now everyone wants to milk the cash cow that has been enjoyed by companies like Netflix and Hulu for more than a decade.
NBC Universal is one of those who wants to centralise their content for the masses, but that means that, if they launch its own streaming service, it will want control of it's shows.
That means that the clock could well and truly be ticking on The Office US being on Netflix.
I know, what you're thinking: why oh why would you take my favourite program off the streaming service I already know and love.
Thankfully, the TV comedy series, starring Steve Carell and John Krasinski, is licensed to Netflix until 2021, so you won't have to cry just yet.
Steve Burke, CEO of NBC Universal has told Deadline: "There will be a lot of competition in the streaming space and we want to have our own direct-to-consumer streaming service.
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"At the same time, we will still be producing content for everyone."
When asked specifically on the fate of shows already on other streaming services, Burke said it was a 'safe assumption' that NBC would reclaim them for its own platform.
He added: "If someone creates a television series and we're lucky enough to own it, we should put that show where it makes the most sense."
This isn't the first time Netflix has had to battle with a TV production company to retain some of its biggest titles. Last year, the streaming service forked out a whopping $100 million to keep NBC's Friends on the books for another year.
Who knows, maybe NBC might try to take both Friends AND The Office US away from us. What will we watch when we're hungover NBC?
To cheer you up, you'll be pleased to know that the cast of The Office US had a little get together and it was amazing.
Angela Kinsey, who played Angela Martin, posted a sweet photo of the group on Instagram along with the comment: "Some of the old gang got together today... It was so great to see everyone! I turned to Ed and said, 'I feel like we are at a family reunion.' He smiled and said, 'We are.' Thanks Greg for hosting! For those who couldn't make it... You were missed!"
The photo shows Creed Bratton (Creed), Paul Lieberstein (Toby), Brian Baumgartner (Kevin), Leslie David Baker (Stanley), Phyllis Smith (Phyllis), Oscar Nuñez (Oscar), Rainn Wilson (Dwight), Angela Kinsey (Angela), Jenna Fischer (Pam), and Ed Helms (Andy).
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