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The First Two Seasons of ‘The Office' Will Be Free on NBCUniversal's Peacock But the Rest Is Paywalled

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  • NBCUniversal will put the first two seasons of "The Office" on its free Peacock tier.
  • Seasons 3-9 will be available for $4.99 with ads and $9.99 without ads.
  • "The Office" will no longer be available on Netflix and will exclusively air on Peacock beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

Happy holidays, "The Office" fans -- you're about to get the first two seasons of the comedy series for free.

Seasons 1 and 2 of "The Office" will be available on the free version of Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service, the company said Monday. Seasons 3 through 9 will be on Peacock's paid premium tiers, the company said Monday. An advertising-supported premium subscription costs $4.99 per month. An ad-free version is available for $9.99 per month.

"The Office," for years Netflix's most-watched series, will be exclusively available to Peacock subscribers starting Jan. 1, 2021. Comcast's NBCUniversal is counting on "The Office" to drive Peacock signups as the service hopes to compete with Disney+, Netflix and a plethora of other streaming products. In September, NBCUniversal reached a deal with Roku, the largest streaming distribution platform by users, just in time for "The Office" launch.

Peacock continues to negotiate with Amazon Fire TV on a distribution carriage agreement.

In addition to "The Office" episodes, NBCUniversal will release behind-the-scenes footage and interviews and never-before-seen clips and deleted scenes for premium subscribers.

"Having 'The Office' back in the NBC family opens up access to a lot of extra content that we originally shot," said "The Office" creator Greg Daniels in a statement. "You can choose to watch the classic version of the show, or the superfan extended cuts with this new footage and other deleted scenes that we are gradually rolling out, starting with season 3."

NBCUniversal outbid Netflix by $10 million a season for "The Office" last year, CNBC reported. NBCUniversal is paying $500 million for all 201 episodes of "The Office" for the next five years. Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal, produced the show with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions.

Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts announced in September that Peacock has 15 million signups. NBCUniversal projected in January that 30 million to 35 million Peacock accounts will be active by 2024. AT&T said earlier this month its flagship streaming service HBO Max has 12.6 million subscribers, while Disney said last week Disney+ has more than 86 million global users.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC.

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