Seinfeld could soon be available to stream on Netflix, with Jerry Seinfeld, the creator and star of the classic sitcom, suggesting talks are ongoing.
However, Netflix could face competition from rival streaming services, and in order to secure the rights, Netflix may have to stump up a huge sum of cash.
Seinfeld is a hugely successful sitcom that originally aired between 1989 and 1998. It initially struggled to find its audience, but by the time the show came to an end it was the biggest thing on network television.
Seinfeld has made a lot of money in subsequent television runs, and it’s one of those shows that people watch over and over again. Which explains why it hasn’t yet made it across to streaming services such as Netflix.
“Yet” being the operative word.
During a recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) a fan asked, “Jerry, any word on ‘Seinfeld’ coming to Netflix? There are so many people who still have not experienced ‘Seinfeld’ firsthand, and having it available through Netflix will surely be the easiest way.”
To which Seinfeld replied, “You are a very smart and progressive person. These conversations are presently taking place.‘‘
Admittedly, this isn’t much of a response, and certainly doesn’t represent any kind of confirmation that Seinfeld will soon be available on Netflix. However, it does strongly suggest that bringing Seinfeld to one streaming or another is a deal waiting to be done.
Seinfeld Is The Past, Streaming Is The Future
Seinfeld would be quite the catch for Netflix or any of the other streaming services thanks to a) its core audience watching again and again, and b) the potential to add new fans who have only heard about Seinfeld but have never got around to watching it.
Seinfeld may be part of the past, but it could find a new home on any one of the current crop of streaming services. This is, after all, a show that’s made for binge-watching.