NBCUniversal to Launch a Streaming Service

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According to Variety reports, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke just announced the NBCUniversal streaming service to arrive will in April 2020.

Previously, the company announced the service for “early 2020” to be ad-supported with a paid, ad-free option. Also, NBCUniversal has reclaimed the streaming rights to “The Office,” which will no longer be on Netflix from January 2021.

Even though the show ended six years ago and it might not seem like the best idea to launch it on yet another streamer, “The Office” is Netflix’s most-watched show, according to Nielsen which also mentioned “I would expect the vast majority of consumption in the beginning would be [of] acquired programs.”

There’s a definitely a tendency towards launching a streaming play in the upcoming year for many companies, as Disney+, coming on November 12, and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max (which now has the rights to the popular show “Friends”) is arriving in spring 2020. The highlight, though, is Apple’s TV+ also scheduled to arrive this fall.

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