As more media companies are starting their own broadcast services, Netflix may be losing some of its most watched programs, such as "The Office" and "Friends," and people are not happy about that.
NBCUniversal, which owns the rights to "The Office," announced that it was working on its own broadcast service in January. Now, there are reports that the company is in talks to eliminate "The Office" from future rival Netflix after the contract expires in 2021, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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"The Office," a comedy of mockumentary situations about average office employees that ran from 2005 to 2013, is now the most watched show on Netflix, according to The Journal. "Friends", which is owned by WarnerMedia, is the second most watched
WarnerMedia could also take "Friends," a comedy about a group of friends in their 20s and 30s living in New York City, which ran from 1994 to 2004, for their own broadcast service, which the company announced in November. , reported the media.
At the end of last year, there were talks in which WarnerMedia would withdraw "Amigos" from Netflix, but the two companies reached an agreement that allowed WarnerMedia to put the program on its own broadcast service, The Journal reported in December. That agreement cost Netflix $ 100 million, according to the agency.
As the news that "The Office" could be removed from Netflix became known, fans expressed their outrage on social media, with some threatening to terminate their subscriptions and others making jokes about "Office" topics about how annoying they were. .
"@Netflix you are already starting to become garbage with all your" original "content, but go ahead and let The Office go and see how many people lose overnight," a person He said.
"@Netflix You all remove the office, I will cancel my subscription #TheOffice # Netflix", another person wrote.
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Someone else I ask: "If #TheOffice is leaving @Netflix: what is the #Netflix point?"
Another person He said, in part: "Hey @netflix do not ruin #NationalPretzelDay with the possibility of removing #TheOffice from your transmission line, please do not take away one of the last joys that we have left to escape from our dark, twisted and messy world "
"This is the true midnight threat level", someone else tweeted, a reference to an episode of the show.
Another Twitter user even threatened to use another streaming service instead if "The Office" left Netflix, saying: "Great … once you delete The Office, I'll switch to #Hulu to see #Seinfeld, The Office is the only reason I have Netflix."
In the midst of the uproar, the transmission giant reminded the fans that "The Office" has not left yet.
"Hi, it's me with your scheduled reminder that The Office will be on Netflix until 2021, at least!" wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.