May 13, 2019
NBC Universal reportedly plans to stream popular catalog sitcom, “The Office” on its pending streaming video service.
The media company owned by Comcast disclosed the move May 13 during its advertising upfront at Radio City Music Hall in New York.
Comcast is slated to launch a free ad-supported VOD service for Xfinity subscribers next year. Non-pay-TV subs would be charged an undisclosed monthly fee.
“While other companies are pushing advertisers out, we’re bringing you in,” said Linda Yaccarino, chairman of advertising and client partnerships at NBC Universal, told advertisers, according to Bloomberg, which first reported the move.
Yaccarino is on Hulu’s board of directors, along with NBC Universal’s Matt Bond and Jeff Shell, chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment. NBC Universal co-owns Hulu with Disney.
The programming decision is significant since “The Office,” along with WarnerMedia’s “Friends,” remains extremely popular on Netflix. The SVOD behemoth recently renewed an exclusive license agreement for ‘The Office” through 2020.
Last year, it reportedly paid WarnerMedia $100 million for exclusive rights to an additional single season of the sitcom.
Netflix earlier this year tweeted it had signed “Office” star Steve Carell for a new workplace comedy created by “Office” showrunner Greg Daniels about people working in the new armed services unit: “Space Force.”