Netflix Scores The “Seinfeld” Streaming Rights

Netflix Scores The Seinfeld Streaming Rights

Netflix has beaten out multiple other suitors and made a deal with Sony Pictures Television that will see all 180 episodes of “Seinfeld” coming to Netflix for worldwide streaming starting in 2021 – and all remastered in 4K for the first time.

Netflix will pick up the series from Hulu which is where it is currently available for streaming, though Hulu is mostly restricted to the United States meaning Amazon has had most of its rights overseas.

Seinfeld has been associated with Netflix for years with new episodes of his series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” and a Grammy-nominated special.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s CCO, says in a statement: “Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against. It is as fresh and funny as ever and will be available to the world in 4K for the first time.”

Netflix lost streaming rights for “The Office” and “Friends” which will now pop up on NBC Universal’s forthcoming streaming service and WarnerMedia’s HBO Max respectively. It’s said Netflix paid “far more than the $500 million” that NBC Universal paid to get back streaming rights to “The Office”.

Source: The Los Angeles Times