Disney is set to take full control of Hulu, which means that many famous NBC shows currently streaming on the platform will disappear by 2024. Between it and AT & T CEO Randall Stephenson confirms that some of WarnerMedias most popular series would allow Netflix countries exclusively on the company's upcoming streaming service is the future of streaming on the way to change.
Or to put it simply, the streaming world most leading consumers have come to know in recent years is coming to an end.
Licensing details have become terribly complicated. The reason for this is that some studios do not own the distribution rights to their performances that have gone on independent streaming services. For example, Friends was an NBC show distributed by Warner Bros. Television, now on Netflix. The nitty-gritty also doesn't particularly matter to millions of subscribers who just want to know where their favorite shows are going to end, but these details make it important to content companies with certain distribution rights that launch streaming services this year and next. Both Netflix chieftain Ted Sarandos and Disney CEO Bob Iger have told investors in previous talks that deal with content owners that WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal are drafting, but do not expect Friends, Office, or IS to stay. solid.
Many of Netflix and Hulu's most viewed shows are ready to leave the services between the beginning of 2020 and 2025. Netflix's $ 100 million deal to hold Friends solely on the platform ends at the end of years, and Stephenson wants it on the network's streaming service. Say goodbye to Friends Netflix subscribers. Others show that The office probably also leaves Netflix, when Comcast and NBCUniversal give up their own streaming service, which will be launched next year. As the Wall Street Journal reported last month, "the three companies that launch new streaming services, have created television programs and movies that make up nearly 40 percent of Netflix's viewing goals."
The Office is still the most watched show on Netflix, and if the company wants to keep it, there is a good chance that it will cost them even more than $ 100 million (based on what it paid to keep Friends, [streaming service] third most popular show).
That's the same on Hulu front. Hulu will retain streaming rights to all NBCUniversal shows already on the platform, according to the company, through 2024. In 2021, NBCUniversal has the right to stream certain shows, such as Saturday Night Live and This Is Us and This Is Us on their own platform, but not exclusively. It is a win-win deal for both companies: NBCUniversal can pay a reduced license fee to Hulu to get some of their performances on their own platform, and Disney gets full control over Hulu so the company can make decisions without worrying about it. entry from other stakeholders, including the decision to take Hulu International.
But what does this mean for people living at home with a limited entertainment budget trying to figure out which streaming services to subscribe to see Friends, Office, Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory, Bobs Burgers , South Park, or NCIS?
Unfortunately we do not know for sure. None of the media commuters involved have specifically called out individual series. However, there is enough data to provide educated guesses about what shows AT&T and Comcast will want to take on their respective WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal streaming services.
To see the effect of these changes, consider the most popular streaming content today. According to many analytics companies in 2018, these were the most watched performances on Netflix and Hulu in 2018:
- The Office (NBCUniversal)
- Friends (WarnerMedia)  Parker and Leisure (NBCUniversal)
- Gray's Anatomy (ABC)
- Criminal Minds (CBS)
- New Girl (Fox)
- Supernatural ]
- NCIS (CBS)
- Law and Order: SVU (NBCUniversal)
- This is Us ] (NBCUniversal)
- ER (WarnerMedia)
- Gray's Anatomy (ABC)
- The Good Doctor (ABC)
- Family Guy 19659030 ] South Park (Viacom)
- Bob's Burgers (Fox)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBCUniversal)
Seven of the nine most popular licensed performances on Ne tflix – Comfort TV tha t people tune in to watch the night after night – is probably pulled over the next few years. The Office and Parks and Recreation will almost certainly end up being exclusive to the NBCUniversal streaming service. NBCUniversal's advertising and partnership chairman Linda Yaccarino told an audience gathered for the company's Upfront event in New York on May 13 that the company's beloved series "came home", according to Deadline . The trading release also reported that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said the company would "attempt to reclaim titles as The Office when the service is launched."
It's not just NBCUniversal, though. Based on Stephenson's comments, as Friends, Frasier, and Supernatural show exclusively on WarnerMedia's service. TVLine has previously reported that Netflix's agreement with The CW (which is half owned by WarnerMedia) is up in the spring, and it is likely that some of the most popular performances, such as Arrow, The Vampire Diaries , and Supernatural would be withdrawn from Netflix at that time.
Other series listed in the Netflix top nine are also at risk. New Girl already moved to Hulu following Fox's deal with the streaming platform. Now that Disney owns Fox and Hulu, it's likely that New Girl will stay there. Gray's Anatomy running on Disney-owned ABC will probably also move to Hulu, according to a report from Deadline . Of the nine shows mentioned above, only NCIS and Criminal Minds, belonging to CBS will probably remain on Netflix at this time (unless CBS decides to begin withdrawing Out own shows CBS All Access service). The company has not yet begun to do so, but considering exclusivity becomes a major feature of these flowing wars, it can happen.
Hulu is in a slightly different boat because Disney has two major content creators and distributors: Fox and ABC. Iger even told an audience gathered for Moffett Nathanson Media & Communications Summit in New York, that the main advantage of taking full control of Hulu was "being able to leverage the content engines the company already has," according to Deadline Deadline . While This is Us, Law & Order: SVU, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is likely to leave Hulu and stream on NBCUniversal's service when their deal is up in 2024, shows as Bobs Burgers, Family Guy, Gray's Anatomy, and The Good Doctor are safe at Hulu.
It's complicated. And with an intertwined web of TV licensing, networking agreements and various streaming rights, it can be annoyingly complicated. Here is a good breakdown after Recode s Peter Kafka on the rights of This is Us to show how complicated it is:
This Is Us is An interesting example of what happens when big TV companies are licensing their stuff to other big TV companies and how it can get very complicated in a streaming world: The Hit show was made by 21st Century Fox and NBC paid a license fee for to fly it. Since NBC was (and is) a Hulu owner, Hulu currently has the rights to fly the latest episodes of the show, as well as all the old episodes. But according to NBC's recent show renewal, NBC will have the right to bring all the new episodes as it flows to its own streaming service, yet to be launched, in three years. That is: In a few years, older episodes of This Is Us will run on Hulu, while all episodes that now flow and the next three years may go to NBCU's service.
What is clear from these deals that are still found behind the scenes of big corporations is that some of the best comfort TVs subscribers use Netflix and Hulu to watch, will not be on Netflix and Hulu in those coming years. Everything is changing. As streaming becomes the obvious way for broadcasters and studios to continue selling a product to a wired customer base, exclusivity will become increasingly important.
New Friends, Office, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix and Hulu now. We will not be able to soon.