Netflix has announced that Seinfeld will be available to stream on the platform from 2021. Yes, that’s a long time away (as we report this in September 2019), but with Netflix losing so many big shows to its rivals it’s clearly keen to keep subscribers interested.
Original Content Will Only Get You So Far
Netflix has been investing heavily in original content. As soon as you open Netflix you’re hit with a wall of Netflix Originals, including movies and TV shows. Netflix’s original programming includes Stranger Things and Orange Is the New Black.
However, while original content is great, sometimes you want to watch something you love. Especially the best sitcoms, which you can watch again and again without getting bored. Which is why Netflix has acquired the rights to stream Seinfeld.
Netflix Acquires the Rights to Stream Seinfeld
Seinfeld will be available to stream on Netflix for five years from 2021. This comes after Netflix wrestled the worldwide streaming rights off Hulu, which is the current home of Seinfeld. All 180 episodes will be available to stream, and all in 4K.
All 180 episodes of the Emmy-Award winning Seinfeld are coming to Netflix — worldwide! — starting in 2021 pic.twitter.com/tLvcCKH4vl
— Netflix US (@netflix) September 16, 2019
Seinfeld is one of the best sitcoms ever made, which is why so many streaming services want Seinfeld on their platform. Netflix hasn’t revealed how much it’s paid for the rights, but we do know that Hulu paid $160 million for the show back in 2015.
Netflix is facing increased competition from the likes of Disney+, HBO Max, and NBCUniversal, all of which are taking their shows back in house. Which means Netflix is losing Friends in 2020 and The Office in 2021. Making Seinfeld a crucial signing.
People Never Get Bored of the Best Sitcoms
You may wonder why people still watch old sitcoms which aired on TV decades ago. However, between people watching the likes of Seinfeld and Friends for the umpteenth time, and people discovering them anew, these shows are perpetually popular.
When this switch happens, we’ll add Seinfeld to our list of the best sitcoms to watch on Netflix. We will also have to update our list of the best 90s sitcoms to watch on Hulu. And with the streaming wars only just heating up, who knows what will happen next.
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