What’s the deal with Seinfeld’s streaming rights? According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is set to become the new home of Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David’s iconic sitcom.
Beginning in 2021, all 180 episodes of Seinfeld will be available exclusively on Netflix, presented for the first time in 4K.
“Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against,” Ted Sarandos, Netflix’s chief content officer, said in a statement. “It is as fresh and funny as ever and will be available to the world in 4K for the first time.”
Seinfeld is currently available to stream in the US on Hulu and in other parts of the world on Amazon Prime. Once those distribution agreements expire at the end of 2020, Seinfeld will move to Netflix as part of a five-year pact agreed upon between the streaming giant and Sony Pictures Television valued at over $500 million.
The acquisition of Seinfeld is a major coup for Netflix, which lost its two most popular streaming titles in recent months. Friends is moving to WarnerMedia’s HBO Max in 2020, and The Office departs for Comcast’s new streaming platform in 2021.
In other news, in celebration of the show’s 30th anniversary next year, The Seinfeld Experience will open in the New York City this fall and run through next February.