Popular sitcom "The Office" will no longer be available for streaming on Netflix. The streaming giant confirmed that the show will be leaving its platform at the end of 2020. This news has sparked disappointment and frustration among fans who have been watching the show on Netflix for years.
"The Office" has been one of the most-watched shows on Netflix since it began streaming in 2007. The mockumentary-style sitcom follows the lives of office employees at Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch, capturing their humorous and relatable experiences.
Although the show's departure from Netflix is a blow to its loyal fanbase, there is a reason behind it.
NBCUniversal will be launching its own streaming platform in 2021, and it plans to make "The Office" exclusive to Peacock. By doing so, the media company aims to attract more subscribers to its platform and compete with other streaming services like Netflix and Hulu.
This move follows a growing trend of media companies taking back their popular shows and movies from third-party platforms to boost their own services. Disney, for example, has been gradually pulling its content from Netflix to stream exclusively on Disney+.
While fans of "The Office" are disappointed about its departure from Netflix, they will soon have the opportunity to watch the show on Peacock. However, with the increasing fragmentation of streaming services, viewers may find it more challenging to access their favorite shows all in one place.