Just days after Netflix announced a new show by the creators of The Office is coming soon, fans have to face the fact that the classic workplace comedy may actually be leaving the streaming service in the foreseeable future.
NBCUniversal announced on Jan. 14 that it plans to launch its own streaming service in 2020, which would be free to users who already subscribe to companies such as Comcast and Sky.
NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke discussed the plans for the service with The Wall Street Journal, and admitted the company may consider moving The Office from Netflix to the new streaming service after the licensing agreement expires in 2021.
According to Business Insider, The Office is the most popular show on Netflix. And if The Office is in danger, NBC’s Parks and Recreation, which is third most popular on Netflix, might be as well.
This isn't the first scare that sitcom fans have had over the past few months. Last month, a note reading "Available until January 1" appeared on the details tab of Friends, a series owned by Warner Bros. After outrage sparked on social media, Netflix announced that the show would be staying on the service throughout 2019, reportedly spending around $100 million to keep the fan-favorite.
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018
Netflix and AT&T, which bought Time Warner in 2018, are currently finalizing a deal that would allow Netflix to keep Friends as well as allow AT&T to keep the show in its platform that is expected to launch sometime in 2019.
A similar deal could be struck for The Office, Parks and Recreation, and other NBC series that fall on Netflix's top 50 list. Otherwise, we'll all be subscribing to the new NBC streaming service!