The Office is leaving Netflix at the end of 2020

Actresses Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey and actor Steve Carell attend 'The Office' 100th Episode Celebration. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
Actresses Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey and actor Steve Carell attend 'The Office' 100th Episode Celebration. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) /
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The Office starring Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Mindy Kaling, and Jenna Fisher is leaving Netflix at the end of 2020 and moving to NBC’s new streaming service.

What is Netflix without The Office? Most of us have never seen that, but it’s a future we better get used to very quickly.

According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, The Office will leave Netflix at the end of 2020, and the hit series will be added to NBC’s upcoming streaming service.

This new shouldn’t be all that surprising. For anyone following along, it’s looked like NBC would pull the series from Netflix when the contract for the streaming rights to The Office ends. Those rights end at Netflix at the end of 2020, which means the series will move to NBC’s new streaming service in 2021.

All nine seasons of hit series about the work lives of the employees of Dunder-Mifflin will exit Netflix at one time, and then, they’ll be exclusively available on the new NBC streaming service.

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Obviously, this is a huge bummer for fans of The Office and those who continue to binge-watch the series over and over and over again on Netflix as I do. At this point, I’ll probably just buy the rest of the collection on DVD/Blu-ray. I already have a few seasons, and it will be cheaper in the long run, unless, of course, NBC’s streaming service will be free. I’ve heard rumors that it will be, but I don’t think that’s official yet.

Unfortunately, this is what the future of Netflix will probably look like, at least in the next few years. All the major studios are starting their own streaming service and bringing back all their content with the hope that their fans will subscribe to their service.

Other streaming services like Disney Plus and the upcoming WarnerMedia streaming service will not be free, so it will be interesting to see future price points for these streaming services. It looks like subscribing to all of them will cost roughly the same as a regular cable or satellite subscription now, depending on where you live, of course.

Not all shows will leave as early as The Office, though. Many current network and broadcast shows will remain on Netflix for the length of the series plus several years. And, I think Netflix will still be able to buy the streaming rights to new and old shows in the future. They are still a massive platform, and they are solely responsible for saving and continuing major shows like Breaking Bad and Riverdale. 

Stay tuned for more news about The Office leaving the streaming service.

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