What will they do now?


THE OFFICE — Pictured: (l-r) Standing: Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Lapin, Paul Lieberstein as Toby, Oscar Nuñez as Oscar Martinez, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Angela Kinsey as Angela, B.J. Novak as Ryan Howard, Creed Bratton as Creed, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin, Kate Flannery as Meredith Palmer, Melora Hardin as Jan Levinson, Leslie David Baker as Stanley, David Denman as Roy; Seated: John Krasinski as Jim Halpert, Mindy Kaling as Kelly, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute — NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth



There have been April Fools jokes about it, Reddit forums and more but now its finally real. NBC has started to develop its own streaming service to be called NBCUniversal. And in this vein they have to start taking back all their shows. I myself am very upset about this. I love streaming services as much as the next guy. But every big company is now creating their own. We are going to end up paying 100+ for all these different streaming services.

The Outcry

The outcry this week over news that NBC has finally begun taking steps to pull The Office from Netflix — which won’t happen anytime soon, but still — was predictably swift and overwhelmingly incredulous. It might also have you believe that fans of the nine-season workplace comedy will, like Andy Bernard, similarly lament the end of the good old days if the Dunder Mifflin crew ever breaks all our hearts and moves to a new streaming home. I mean Netflix is basically the mother of all streaming services, they made it big first.

Good Ole’ Netflix

Almost everyone you know has a Netflix account. It even came to have its own moniker “Netflix and Chill” . Will the Office retain its current popularity after it moves to a new, more obscure streaming service? The crush of news coverage came in response to a Wall Street Journal piece. It tried to make the case that most of what people are spending their time watching on Netflix isn’t the streamer’s exclusive original shows, like Narcos and The Crown. It’s the third-party retro classics licensed by Netflix like The Office — which, according to Nielsen data covering the 12 months that ended in July, Netflix users spent an insane 45.8 billion minutes watching.

45.8 BILLION minutes watched

The office aired from 2005 to 2013. Still, so many years later, new fans are cropping up everywhere due to the vast reach Netflix has. Will it start to finally fade from existence as it moves to a new home? Only time will tell.