Financial particulars of the deal have not been disclosed, however we do know that the Friends deal price HBO Max $425 million. Meanwhile, NBC supposedly paid $500 million (or 50,000 Schrute Bucks) for the rights to stream The Office on their Peacock service. It would not be stunning if the streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory price much more.
The Big Bang Theory was lately ended its 12-year run, however its decade-plus of primetime domination had a serious impression on popular culture. BBT merchandise was in every single place, viewers acquired a dose of science underneath the guise of comedy and the present even spawned a spin-off in Young Sheldon. TBS runs episodes of the present most days of the week, and will retain syndication rights via 2028.
These offers make it clear that HBO Max is critical about providing content material exterior of the HBO and WarnerMedia ecosystems. It appears odd that The Big Bang Theory is not discovering a house with the CBS All Access platform, as CBS owns the unique broadcast rights to the present. Streaming suppliers will doubtless be getting into increasingly bidding wars for unique rights to traditional and standard TV sequence, and we might even see extra exhibits switching fingers between the huge media companies like ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox.
Exclusivity is what sells streaming subscriptions, however it may well additionally be a detriment to customers. Streaming succeeded due to the excessive costs and lack of flexibility provided by cable suppliers. A segmented streaming world appears like cable yet again. Before lengthy, our $100 cable invoice might merely be changed by ten $10 streaming plans.