After first announcing plans to launch a standalone streaming service back in January, Comcast and NBCUniversal today have revealed that this service is set to launch in April 2020 (via The Verge).

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The news was given during the company's earnings call today, where CEO Steve Burke also confirmed that the streaming service will be built on a similar platform to Sky's Now TV streaming service in the UK. Because of this, it's believed that NBCUniversal's service will likely host content from Sky Studios, which Comcast also now owns after its acquisition of Sky in 2018.

According to the company, the "vast majority" of content on the NBCUniversal service will initially be from third-party production companies, and not original shows and films. The major addition to the service will be The Office, which will be removed from Netflix in 2020 and exclusively housed on NBC's streaming platform.

Standalone streaming services have become increasingly popular over the past few years, with many individual companies removing their content from services like Netflix and Hulu to host them on their own platform. Recent major announcements for new services include Disney+, HBO Max, and Apple's own upcoming Apple TV+ platform.

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Top Rated Comments

smaffei Avatar
40 months ago
Comcast has got to offer a lot more than "The Office" to get people to bite.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TonyC28 Avatar
40 months ago
Sooooooooo....is this the cord cutting we all wanted? The price is really starting to add up.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
cylack Avatar
40 months ago
I like Netflix original content, far more than I have time to watch. I pay an extra $4 a month for the 4k version and my tmobile account subsidizes the rest. I don’t care about 10 year old shows like “The Office” which I’ve already seen and if I want to watch again are a click away for downloading from uh…”alternative sites”.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macduke Avatar
40 months ago
I read something the other day about how piracy is increasing again because people don't want to pay for 16 different services to watch certain shows. People are putting up private Plex servers that share media and are invite only. Just imagine how much worse it will be once this, Disney+, and Apple TV+ launches. They had a chance to make everything better and they effed it up.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Andres Cantu Avatar
40 months ago
Time to watch The Office before it’s gone!

Streaming services have become the new cable: same problems, different sources.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
AppleFan91 Avatar
40 months ago
Man, at this point, might as well just keep Cable and Internet. I guess that was obviously their plan all along, but man.

I mean, I have:
YouTube TV
Netflix
Hulu
HBO Now

Disney is coming as well.
Only reason I haven’t moved back to cable is because they’d have to run physical lines if it’s Comcast. If they didn’t? Probably just go back.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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