Currently, the US version of The Office can be found on
Netflix for your viewing pleasure. If you’re a fan of the show, however, make
sure to enjoy it while you can.
Straight from NBCUniversal, it’s been announced that The
Office will be pulled from Netflix as of early 2021; this being the latest move
in the ongoing battle between the various streaming services that are turning
up all over the place.
With NBC launching its own streaming service in 2020, the
call was made to essentially buy back The Office. The Steve Carrell-headlined
series may currently be on Netflix, but that will changing over the next few
years as NBC branches out to the ever-expanding market of on-demand streaming
services. The cost of all of this, though? Well, that’s enough to make you
choke on your coffee.
For a five-year commitment to showcase The Office on its own streaming platform, NBCUniversal is paying a whopping $500 million. That figure
represents $100 million per year for a five-year agreement, and NBCU had to
swat away competition from Netflix, Amazon, Apple, and Hulu to land a show that originally
aired on the NBC network from 2005 to 2013.