In a statement on Twitter, Netflix said: “We’re sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for its own streaming platform — but members can binge watch the show to their hearts’ content ad-free on Netflix until January 2021.”
NBCUniversal’s TV studio produced “The Office,” which ended its nine-season run on the NBC network in 2013, and licensed reruns to Netflix, where it has been the No. 1 show for several years, accounting for 52 billion viewing minutes in 2018.
The deal is between two divisions inside NBCUniversal — its streaming unit is acquiring the rights from the Universal TV studio. Still, the show was shopped to other streaming services besides Netflix, including one AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia plans to launch later this year and Walt Disney Co.’s Hulu, people involved in sales process said.