“The Office,” one of the most popular shows on Netflix Inc., looks like it will be heading to NBCUniversal’s new streaming TV service. At a presentation Monday, NBC suggested that the comedy about office workers in Scranton, Pennsylvania, will probably be part of an ad-supported online channel that’s slated to debut next year. But it’s unclear if the show will appear on the new service on Day One — and whether it will remain on Netflix too. “The Office” highlights the thorny relationship between Netflix and traditional media companies, which are rolling out their own streaming services. Netflix pays lucrative licensing fees to air shows like “The Office” and “Friends,” but it’s also a competitor for viewers’ time and money. NBCUniversal, the Comcast Corp. division that owns NBC, MSNBC, USA and the Universal Pictures movie studio, is vying with Walt Disney Co. and AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia in rolling out new streaming services — and they’re facing similar challenges. Read also: Reboot of ‘The Office’ wouldn’t work, says Steve Carell Last year, AT&T’s Warner Bros. division renewed a licensing deal with Netflix for “Friends,” while holding on to the right to stream the show on a service that will launch later… Read full this story
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