September 16, 2019
Netflix has acquired the global streaming rights to “Seinfeld” starting in 2021, the company announced.
The agreement with Sony Pictures Television keeps the show exclusively on Netflix for five years, according to reports. Netflix will offer the show in 4K resolution.
“Seinfeld,” following the misadventures of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his friends, aired for nine seasons with 180 episodes on NBC from 1989 to 1998.
“Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said in a statement. “It is as fresh and funny as ever and will be available to the world in 4K for the first time.”
“Seinfeld is a one-of-a-kind, iconic, culture-defining show,” said Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins in a statement. “Now, 30 years after its premiere, Seinfeld remains center stage. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to bring this beloved series to current fans and new audiences around the globe.”
The news comes on the heels of Netflix’s loss of major sitcom catalog hits “Friends” and “The Office” to WarnerMedia and Universal, respectively.