“Seinfeld” will be available to stream on Netflix beginning in 2021 thanks to a new five-year distribution deal.
All 180 episodes of the legendary sitcom, which ran from 1989 to 1998, will be available to Netflix users worldwide, the streaming giant announced in the U.S. on Monday.
In Australia, the show currently streams on Stan, while Hulu currently has the rights in the U.S.
To acquire the streaming rights from Sony Pictures Television, which syndicates “Seinfeld,” Netflix outbid several other competitors, including Hulu, Amazon and the sitcom’s own network, NBC, according to the Los Angeles Times, which first reported the deal.
Created by and starring Jerry Seinfeld as a fictional version of himself, the NBC show went on to influence numerous other comedy series, particularly shows directly drawing from the creators’ own lives and points of view. It has also developed new generations of fans through syndication and streaming.
In the coming years, TV viewers can expect to see more shows move to different streaming platforms as competition for new streaming services heats up.