Netflix has announced that the acclaimed Emmy-award winning series Seinfeld will be heading to its service in 2021.
Netflix revealed the news in a tweet today that said: “Jerry & Elaine & George & Kramer & Netflix. All 180 episodes of the Emmy-Award winning Seinfeld are coming to Netflix — worldwide! — starting in 2021.” Currently, Hulu has the streaming rights to the NBC sitcom, and you can watch it there until it gets pulled in favour of this deal.
“Seinfeld is a one-of-a-kind, iconic, culture-defining show,” Sony Pictures Television chairman Mike Hopkins told the Los Angeles Times. “Now, 30 years after its premiere, Seinfeld remains center stage. We’re thrilled to be partnering with Netflix to bring this beloved series to current fans and new audiences around the globe.”
Seinfeld‘s move is just the latest news in a string of announcements about fan-favorite series headed to other streaming services. In the spring of 2020, Friends will leave Netflix and head to HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service. Then, in January 2021, The Office will leave Netflix and will land on NBC Universal’s upcoming service.
In addition to Netflix losing those two series, they’re losing tons of Disney content, including Star Wars and Marvel content, for the Disney+ launch on November 12th. With all of these new streaming services launching, news that an NBC series like Seinfeld is coming to Netflix — and not NBC Universal’s service — is a big deal.
It’s a tumultuous time for streaming services, and not just because Disney’s retracted all of their properties to fuel their own service. With rumours of other shows like The Big Bang Theory and Two and a Half Men changing hands, we’ll have to wait and see where the cards fall, and which services each one of us deems worth subscribing to.