“The Office” Leaving Netflix

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One of America’s favorite television shows, “The Office”, was a sensational sitcom that aired on NBC from 2005-2013. It was later put on Netflix, where many people still enjoy watching it to this day. “The Office” is a mockumentary of a fictional paper company located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. The show is a knee-slapper as it records the comical daily tasks and lives of the employees. The show ran for nine seasons, and if you ask most “Office” fans, many have watched all nine seasons more than once. 

“The Office” has been watched by so many Americans, that it is frequently referenced in everyday life. Most Americans satisfy their love for the sitcom by watching it on Netflix, a streaming service. With Netflix, subscribers can watch almost any show advertising-free, at any time of the day, and as many episodes, as they want to. “The Office” has an almost cult-like following of binge-watching fans.

Sadly, the beloved show will be leaving Netflix on January 1st, 2021, due to contract negotiations with NBCUniversal.  It has been reported from Hollywoodreporter.com that NBCUniversal is paying $500M to pull the hit from Netflix.

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NBCUniversal is the parent company to a new streaming service, Peacock, that is trying to get the NBC hit onto the new service. This one show alone would bring large numbers of “Office” fans from Netflix to NBCUniversal. Many “Office” fans are saddened to see another great show leave Netflix, after having the sitcom Friends, that aired from 1994-2004, leave on January 1st, 2020.

Netflix also lost another great NBC show, “Parks and Recreation”, which aired from 2009-2015. “Parks and Recreation”, also called ‘Parks and Rec”, is another mockumentary like “The Office”, and will be separate from Netflix before “The Office” departs.

Decider.com reported, “Officially it’s been reported that “Parks and Rec” will leave these three streaming services in October of 2020.  But Netflix’s show page for the sitcom gives a more specific departure date. According to the show page, the series is set to leave Netflix on October 1, 2020.” 

October 1, 2020 has snuck up on many people, and “Parks and Recreation” is no longer available on Netflix.

The loss of “The Office”, “Parks and Recreation”, and “Friends” could cause Netflix to have a large loss of memberships, as three very popular shows will have left within one year. NBCUniversal licenses “The Office” to Netflix, but since the launch of Peacock, they want the beloved show back as soon as possible, and that comes at a very high price.

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Hollywoodreporter.com wrote, “Producers Universal Television held an auction — which insiders say kept the studio at a distance from all buyers as it sought to get a fair price for-profit participants (including creator Greg Daniels). Ultimately, NBCU’s offer of $100 million per year — for five years — was deemed the winner, edging Netflix.”

The big question is, will Netflix suffer greatly from losing the show, and will NBCUniversal’s Peacock bring “Office” fans over from Netflix, justifying the 500 million dollars spent? 

Netflix has three simple plans for its customers, a basic, standard, and premium. These plans range in price from $8.99 to $15.99. This includes all of the television shows, Netflix Originals, and movies in the Netflix library. Netflix is advertising-free on all of its plans, which contributes to the binge-watching culture around it. Netflix has been a major competitor to cable services, as many people have cut out their high cable bills by only subscribing to Netflix. 

Some might say that the entertainment provided by Netflix has become an essential part of our lives during quarantine from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people have watched endless hours on Netflix, and it shows in the company’s stock prices. Since March 9th, 2020, the stock has increased $210, as of October 1st, 2020, at 10:25 in the morning ET. This could all change with the loss of “The Office.” 

“The Office” has become a staple of the Netflix lineup, and many people will miss it. Fans may cancel their Netflix subscription and either buy the DVD set or subscribe to Peacock, the sitcom’s new home. Only time will tell if Netflix will regret this decision.

Peacock, on the other hand, is a newer streaming service and is not yet as popular as Netflix. “The Office” could be the show that makes or breaks Peacock. Many “Office” fans will switch to Peacock and start watching, but many will not for a good reason: ads. Peacock offers three plans: Free, but with advertisements and a limited selection of content; Premium, which for $4.99 a month this includes all shows, movies, and live sporting events but still has advertisements; and lastly Premium Plus, which is $9.99 a month, and includes all that premium offers, but with no ads on most of the shows. Along with Peacock being cheaper than Netflix, the new competitor could receive a lot of attention from “The Office,” and become a larger company in the entertainment streaming market.  

However, it is possible that both companies could see losses in the new year, as Office lovers have another option to watch their favorite show.  Although it may be older technology, most people still have DVD players in their houses.  All nine seasons of “The Office” can be bought on DVD from Amazon for the low price of $49.96.  That would be the same price of about five months of Peacock Premium Plus or Netflix’s basic plan, to get the same ad-free show that many love.  But both Peacock and Netflix offer more than just one show, with large libraries of movies, television shows, documentaries, sitcoms, and comedies. 

“The Office” is a show that many people love, and countless hours have been spent watching it on Netflix.  Many people are going to sadly say goodbye to it in January of 2021. The Office has become a permanent part of American culture and will continue to be watched, whether on Peacock, or DVD.  For many people, losing “The Office” will is disappointing, and it will be very hard.