While Disney’s Disney+ and Apple’s TV upcoming streaming service may be the most talked-about right now, NBCUniversal—the Comcast Corp. division that owns NBC, MSNBC, USA and the Universal Pictures movie studio—is also planning to launch their own streaming service, and guests at today’s upfront event got some more information about what to expect from the service.
Will The Office be on NBC’s streaming service?
According to Deadline, NBCUniversal “gave the strongest hint yet” that existing TV shows like the much-beloved The Office will be available on their streaming service. Here’s what NBCUniversal advertising boss Linda Yaccarino had to say at today’s upfronts…
“Next year we’re going to unveil the largest initiative in our company’s history: We’re going to have our own ad-supported platform,” said Yaccarino during the two-hour presentation. “While other companies are pushing advertisers out, we’re bringing them in. It will have a slate of originals and a gigantic library of all favorites. The shows that people love the most and stream the most are coming home at a price that every person can afford: free.”
While Yaccarino didn’t explicitly mention The Office, which is currently available to stream on Netflix (and licensed to stay there until 2021), NBCU CEO Steve Burke previously told Deadline that it would be a “safe assumption” that the company would try to reclaim titles like The Office once the service launches.
With the streaming rights to The Office currently at Netflix, the question becomes: Will NBC’s streaming service launch without The Office? And, if NBCUniversal does get the streaming rights back, will the show still be available to stream via Netflix? We’ll update this with more definitive information when we get it.
NBC Streaming Service Release Date
NBC’s streaming service is set to launch in mid-2020, and is said to offer, at least initially, 15,000 hours of programming from the broadcast, cable, film, news and sports operations.
NBC Streaming Service Cost
Unlike other streaming services, NBC’s streaming service will be ad-support rather than subscription-based. That’s a fancy way of saying it will be free to viewers who already subscribe to cable, with an ad-free version also available for $12 to $14 a month. It will also be available to non-cable subscribers for a fee.