Fans of “The Office” and other popular NBC TV shows who don’t want to pay for another streaming service can breathe easy — for now.
What’s happening: After announcing plans to launch an NBC streaming service in 2020, NBCUniversal executives are now saying “it’s not likely” popular NBC originals like “The Office” or “30 Rock” will be removed from other streaming sites.
- In a meeting with investors this week, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts and NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke reportedly said that while NBC originals will live on the new streaming platform, they likely won’t be exclusive offers at first, according to The Verge.
- Roberts and Burke discussed licensing series to other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu as a “continued business strategy,” according to The Verge, which means you won’t have to worry about losing your favorite shows on the services you’re already using.
- “We will continue to sell on other platforms depending on the show, depending on the prices,” Burke said.
- Once existing contracts end, shows will be evaluated on an instance-by-instance basis, added Burke.
Though Netflix has shifted its focus to original content, “The Office” remains its most popular show and “Parks and Recreation” is the streaming service's third most popular show, according to Business Insider. The removal of the shows would create a significant dent in the platform’s views.Comment on this story
Unlike Netflix, NBC’s streaming platform will not focus on creating new content but instead be an ad-supported hub with 1,500 hours of NBC TV shows like “Parks and Rec” and “SNL,” and will host hundreds of hours of Universal movies, according to CNBC.
- According to CNBC, it’s very likely there will be content from the 2020 Summer Olympics featured on the platform to draw in new viewers, following the service’s launch that year.
- NBC’s service will air between three to five minutes of ads for every hour of programming and be free to NBC pay TV, Comcast and Sky subscribers.
- Viewers without those options will reportedly be asked to pay $12.99 per month for the service.