Disney is ready to take full control of Hulu, which means that many of the NBC shows currently airing on the platform will disappear by 2024. Between that and AT & T CEO Randall Stephenson, confirms that some of the most popular WarnerMedia series would let Netflix land exclusively In the company's next broadcast service, the future of the transmission is about to change.
Or, to put it simply, the world of streaming that most consumers of cable cuts have come to know in recent years is coming to an end.
The details of the license have become extremely complicated. The reason for this is that some studios do not have distribution rights for their programs that have ended up in independent broadcasting services. For example, Friends was an NBC program distributed by Warner Bros. Television, which is now on Netflix. The crux of the issue is not particularly important for millions of subscribers who just want to know where their favorite shows will end, but those details do matter to content companies with certain distribution rights that will launch broadcast services this year and next. Both Netflix content director Ted Sarandos and Disney CEO Bob Iger have told investors in previous calls that they deal with content owners like WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal, but Friends are not expected. The Office, or ER to stay.
Many of Netflix and Hulu's most watched shows are ready to leave the services between the beginning of 2020 and 2025. The Netflix $ 100 million deal to keep Friends exclusively in his platform ends at the end of this year, and Stephenson wants him in the transmission service of his network. Say goodbye to Friends Netflix subscribers. Other programs like The Office probably also leave Netflix, since Comcast and NBCUniversal are preparing for their own broadcast 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 shows and movies that account for almost 40 percent of the viewing minutes on Netflix "
Office remains the most watched program on Netflix, and if the company wants to keep it, it's likely to cost them more than $ 100 million (depending on what it paid to support Friends, third most popular program of the transmission service).
It's the same on the Hulu front. Hulu will maintain broadcast rights for all NBCUniversal programs already on the platform, according to the company, until 2024. By 2021, NBCUniversal has the right to broadcast certain programs, such as Saturday Night Live and This Is Us on its own platform, but not exclusively. It's a win-win agreement for both companies: NBCUniversal can pay a reduced license fee to Hulu to get some of its shows on its own platform, and Disney gets full control over Hulu, which allows the company make decisions without worrying about comments from other stakeholders, including the decision to take Hulu international.
But what does this mean for people sitting at home with a limited budget for entertainment who are trying to figure out which streaming services they subscribe to so that they can see ? Friends, The Office, Parks and Recreation, The Big Bang Theory ER, Bob Burgers, South Park, or NCIS?
Unfortunately, we do not know for sure. None of the various media executives involved has specifically called for individual series. However, there is enough data to make educated guesses about what AT & T and Comcast programs will want to do for their respective WarnerMedia and NBCUniversal broadcast services.
To see the impact of these changes, consider the most popular broadcast content today. According to numerous analyst firms in 2018, these were the most viewed licensed programs on Netflix and Hulu in 2018:
- The Office (NBCUniversal)
- Friends (WarnerMedia) [WarnerMedia) Parks and Recreation (NBCUniversal)
- Gray's Anatomy (ABC)
- Criminal Minds (CBS)
New Girl (Fox)  Supernestern
- Frasier (WarnerMedia)
- NCIS (CBS)
Law and Order: SVU (NBCUniversal)
- ] This is Us]] (NBCUniversal)
- ER (WarnerMedia)
- Gray & # 39; s Anatomy (ABC)
- The Good Doctor (ABC)  Family Guy (Fox)] 19659030] South Park (Viacom)
- Bob & # 39; s Burgers (Fox)
- Brooklyn Nine-Nine (NBCUniversal)
Seven of the nine pr Most popular ograms on Netflix – Comfort TV tha People tune in to watch night after night – it's likely to stop for years to come. The Office and Parks and Recreation will almost certainly end up exclusively in the broadcast service of NBCUniversal. Linda Yaccarino, president of announcements and associations at NBCUniversal, told an audience gathered for the company's Upfront event in New York on May 13 that the company's most beloved series was "going home", according to Deadline . The commercial publication also reported that NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said the company "would try to recover titles like The Office once the service starts."
However, it's not just NBCUniversal. Based on Stephenson's comments, programs like Friends, Frasier, and Supernatural would be broadcast exclusively in the WarnerMedia service. TVLine previously reported that the Netflix deal with The CW (which is owned by WarnerMedia) is in effect this spring, and it is likely that some of the most popular programs, such as Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, and Supernatural would be extracted from Netflix at that time.
Other series listed In the first nine of Netflix are also in danger. New Girl has already moved to Hulu following Fox's agreement with the broadcast platform. Now that Disney owns Fox and Hulu, it's likely that New Girl will stay there. Gray's Anatomy running on ABC, owned by Disney, will probably also move to Hulu, according to a report from Deadline . Of the nine programs mentioned above, only NCIS and Criminal Minds, belonging to CBS, will likely remain on Netflix at this point (unless CBS decides to start withdrawing programs on its own account) CBS All Access Service). The company has not yet begun to do that, but considering that exclusivity is becoming a big attraction in these transmission wars, it could happen.
Hulu is on a slightly different ship because Disney has two great creators and distributors of content: Fox and ABC. Iger even told an audience gathered for the MoffettNathanson Media and Communications Summit in New York that the main benefit of taking complete control of Hulu was "being able to take advantage of the content engines the company already has," according to Deadline .
While This is Us, Law & Order: SVU, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine is likely to leave Hulu and be transferred to the NBCUniversal service once their agreement arrives at 2024, shows how Bob & # 39; s Burgers, Family Guy, Gray & # 39; s Anatomy, and The Good Doctor are safe on Hulu.
It's complicated. And with a tangled network of TV licenses, network agreements and various broadcast rights, it can get very complicated. Here is a good breakdown by Peter Kafka of Recode on the rights of This is Us to show how complicated it gets:
This is us is an interesting example of what happens when big television companies grant their licenses to other big television companies and how that can get very complicated in a broadcast world: the successful program was made by 21st Century Fox, and NBC paid a license fee to broadcast it. Since NBC was (and is) an owner of Hulu, Hulu currently has the rights to broadcast the most recent episodes of the program, as well as all previous episodes. But under the terms of the recent renewal of the program by NBC, NBC will have the rights to bring all the new episodes that are being transmitted to its own broadcast service, still to be launched, in three years. That is: in a few years, the oldest episodes of This Is Us will be played on Hulu, while each episode that is broadcast now, and for the next three years, could go to the NBCU service.
What is clear from these agreements that are still being resolved behind the scenes in large corporations is that some of the best comfortable TVs that subscribers use Netflix and Hulu to watch will not be on Netflix and Hulu in the next few years. Everything is changing. As transmission becomes the obvious way for TV companies and studios to continue selling a product to a cable-cut customer base, exclusivity will become increasingly important.
Enjoy Friends, The Office, and Brooklyn Nine-Nine on Netflix and Hulu now. We will not be able to do it soon.