The Office is getting a new streaming home in January, and fans will have to shell out money for Peacock if they want to watch the show in its entirety. NBCUniversal has revealed that the first two seasons of the show will stream for free on Peacock, with ads, beginning on January 1 when the show leaves Netflix. However, seasons 3 through 9 will be behind a paywall and will require a subscription to the service.
Peacock costs $5 per month for an ad-supported version and $10 per month for no ads. One of the major appeals of the service since its launch earlier this year has been the free, ad-supported version. Unfortunately, only the first two seasons of The Office will be included in that version. What's more, Peacock will feature so-called "Superfan Episodes" of the show for subscribers. They will include "never-before-seen footage and deleted scenes in extended cuts of the original series." A clip has been released teasing some of the additional footage.
Netflix has been the streaming home for the beloved sitcom for years now. But when NBCUniversal decided to get into the streaming game with Peacock, they shelled out around $500 million to secure the rights to the show for five years. Even nearly a decade since it went off the air, The Office remains one of the most in-demand shows around. That is why it was able to fetch such a large sum. And why it might make Peacock all the more attractive to potential subscribers. Creator Greg Daniels had this to say in a statement.
"Having The Office back in the NBC family opens up access to a lot of extra content that we originally shot. The team at Peacock wanted to create the ultimate destination for fans, so I went back into the dailies with the original editors of the show and found some never-before-seen footage that was cut for time but is still fun to see."
Peacock entered a crowded streaming marketplace that is still dominated by Netflix. Competition for content has become fierce, with HBO Max, Amazon, Hulu, Disney+, CBS All Access and others fighting for subscribers. It is no longer a matter of having one service to suit a viewer's needs. Customers need to make decisions about what they want to watch and how to spend their money. Wanna steam Friends? Get HBO Max. Is Stranger Things on your binge-watch list? Get Netflix. Need to catch up on The Mandalorian? Disney+ it is. And, as of January 1, if you want The Office, Peacock is the destination. Or purchase the show, be it digitally or on Blu-ray/DVD.
The Office originally aired on NBC from 2005 to 2013. It is an adaptation of the British series of the same name and centers on the day-to-day operations of a paper company named Dunder Mifflin, led by Steve Carrell's Michael Scott. The series ran for a total of 201 episodes across nine episodes. This news was previously reported by Deadline.