As extra media firms are beginning their very own streaming providers, Netflix could possibly be shedding a few of its top-watched exhibits, reminiscent of “The Workplace” and “Associates” — and other people aren’t blissful about it.
NBCUniversal, which owns the rights to “The Workplace,” introduced it was working by itself streaming service in January. Now, there are experiences the corporate is in talks to take away “The Workplace” from future rival Netflix after the contract expires in 2021, based on The Wall Road Journal.
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“The Workplace,” a mockumentary-style sitcom about common workplace staff that ran from 2005 to 2013, is now the top-watched program on Netflix, based on The Journal. “Associates,” which is owned by WarnerMedia, is the second most watched.
WarnerMedia may additionally take “Associates” — a sitcom a few group of buddies of their 20s and 30s residing in New York Metropolis, that ran from 1994 to 2004 — for its personal streaming service, which the corporate introduced in November, the outlet reported.
On the finish of final 12 months, there have been talks WarnerMedia would take “Associates” off Netflix, however the two firms got here to an settlement that allowed WarnerMedia to additionally put the present by itself streaming service, The Journal reported in December. That settlement value Netflix $100 million, based on the outlet.
Because the information broke that “The Workplace” could possibly be taken off Netflix, followers expressed their outrage on social media, with some threatening to finish their subscriptions and others making “Workplace”-themed jokes about how upset they had been.
“@netflix you guys are already beginning to turn into trash with all of your ‘unique’ content material, however go forward and let The Workplace go and see how many individuals you lose in a single day,” one particular person said.
“@netflix You all take The Workplace off I’ll cancel my subscription #TheOffice #Netflix,” one other particular person wrote.
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Another person asked: ‘If #TheOffice is leaving @Netflix: what then is the purpose of #Netflix?”
One other particular person said, partially: “Hey @netflix do not go ruining #NationalPretzelDay with the potential of taking #TheOffice off your streaming lineup. Please do not take away one of many final remaining joys now we have to flee our present darkish, twisted, tousled world.”
“That is the true Menace Stage Midnight,” another person tweeted, a reference to an episode of the present.
One other Twitter consumer even threatened to make use of one other streaming service as a substitute if “The Workplace” had been to go away Netflix, saying: “Nice…when you take away The Workplace, I’ll change to #Hulu to look at #Seinfeld The Workplace is the one cause I’ve Netflix.”
Amid the uproar, the streaming large reminded followers that “The Workplace” isn’t gone but.
“Hey it is me along with your commonly scheduled reminder that The Workplace can be on Netflix till 2021 — at the very least!,” Netflix wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.