Just a few weeks after the announcement that they robbed Netflix of One of its most popular series, NBCUniversal has teased that the upcoming streaming service will officially be launched in April next year.
On Thursday, Variety reported that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke shared the news during second quarter earnings for his parent company, Comcast. And after the news that NBCUniversal took The Office back from Netflix for its own power service, Burke was quoted as saying the company considered the series to be "one of the tent poles on our platforms."  In June, NBCUniversal announced that all nine seasons of the US adaptation of The Office originally shipped on NBC from 2005 would only flow on the upcoming service beginning in 2021.
Pearlena Igbokwe , president of Universal Television, said in a statement at the time that the show was "one of our most valued series, and we are thrilled that it has found an exciting new home where generation after generation will continue to discover and rediscover Michael Scott's most circles – Worthy moments, Jim and Pam's will-they-or-will-and-the-incredible quirky ensemble making every episode a comedy master class. "
NBCUniversal announced its forthcoming broadcast service in January, saying at the time that the service" will include some of the world's most popular TV and movie franchises, including home-made original programming and external partner content. " The service will be ad-supported, but will also offer an ad-free option for a fee.
Netflix, in what certainly seemed to be a little digging on the platform, tweeted in June that it was "sad that NBC has decided to take The Office back for their own streaming platform, but added that "members can binge watch the show to their heart's content without ads on Netflix until January 2021" (emphasize our). Yeesh.  I can't imagine losing a single show would be enough of a move to watch subscribers skip ships, but then again, analysis by Neilsen found The Office was the most watched series on Netflix in 2018. Plus, Netflix is not exactly in a great position to lose even more viewers than it already is.