The Office Might Be Leaving Netflix for NBC's Own Streaming Service

NBCUniversal, Inc.
NBCUniversal, Inc.

Just days after Netflix announced that a new show from the creators of The Office is coming to the streaming network, fans have to face the fact that the beloved workplace comedy may actually be leaving the company's catalog in the foreseeable future.

On January 14, NBCUniversal announced that it plans to launch its own streaming service in 2020, which would be free to users who already have cable subscriptions through companies such as Comcast and Sky.

NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke discussed the network's plans for the service with The Wall Street Journal, and stated the company may consider moving The Office from Netflix to the new streaming service after their licensing agreement expires in 2021.

According to Business Insider, The Office is the most popular show on Netflix. And if The Office is in danger, Parks and Recreation—another NBC workplace comedy, which is the third most popular show on Netflix—could be as well.

This isn't the first scare that sitcom fans have had over the past few months. Last month, a note reading "Available until January 1" appeared on the details tab of Friends, a series owned by Warner Bros. After fans began expressing their outrage via social media, Netflix announced that the show would be staying on the service throughout 2019 (and they reportedly shelled out around $100 million to keep the sitcom in place).

Netflix and AT&T, which bought Time Warner in 2018, are currently finalizing a deal that would allow Netflix to keep Friends as well as allow AT&T to feature the series on its new streaming platform, which is expected to launch sometime this year.

A similar deal could be struck for The Office, Parks and Recreation, and other NBC TV series that fall on Netflix's top 50 list. Otherwise, Netflix could have a lot of subscribers jumping ship.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

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Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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What Movie Do You Want to Watch? This Website Analyzes Film Critic Reviews to Help You Choose

She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
She's smiling because it only took her two minutes to choose a movie.
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Much like sommeliers can detect subtle notes of who-knows-what in a sip of wine, film critics are fantastic at identifying influences and drawing parallels between movies. Cinetrii is a handy website that crowdsources all that movie knowledge to help you find your next favorite film.

Basically, you enter the name of a movie you enjoyed in the search bar, and the site will show you a node graph with film recommendations splintering off the search query. Click on one, and you’ll see a quote from a critic (or critics) who referenced the films together. This way, you get a list of recommendations based on different aspects of the movie, and you get to decide for yourself what you’d like to see more of.

If, for example, you were blown away by the special effects in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, you might like Doctor Strange; according to Variety, it boasts “a staggering visual effects innovation, in which the building-bending seen in Christopher Nolan’s Inception is taken to an extreme that would blow even M.C. Escher’s mind.” If what the Chicago Tribune calls an “elegant brain-bender” quality appealed to you more, The Matrix might be a perfect fit.

Films above your search query were released before the movie you typed in, while films below came out after it. The shorter the line, the more closely the films are related, as calculated by the website’s algorithm. And, as Lifehacker points out, that algorithm doesn’t give any special treatment to massive Hollywood blockbusters, so Cinetrii is an especially great way to find hidden gems. Because it shows you the critics' actual quotes, you’re not left to wonder why a certain film landed on the recommendations list—which can’t always be said for “Watch next” lists on streaming services.

You can explore Cinetrii here.

[h/t Lifehacker]