Seinfeld is coming to Netflix globally in 2021, that much is confirmed. But you may be wondering what the exact date is when Seinfeld will be on Netflix, will it be the original 4:3 version, up-scaled and will other streaming services be sharing the license?
As you may remember, Netflix announced back in September 2019 that it would be picking up the global rights to Seinfeld.
The series that aired on Netflix throughout the 90s has come into high demand thanks to comedies performing incredibly well on streaming services.
All 180 episodes of the Emmy-Award winning Seinfeld are coming to Netflix — worldwide! — starting in 2021 pic.twitter.com/tLvcCKH4vl
— Netflix (@netflix) September 16, 2019
To find out exactly when Seinfeld will be on Netflix, we likely have to look at when it was first added to Hulu which could give us an idea on when the contract actually comes up for renewal.
Given streaming licenses typically renews on specific dates (such as The Office and Friends on January 1st) that’s likely when Netflix will get Seinfeld streaming. That means we’re currently predicting (not confirmed) that seasons 1-8 of Seinfeld will be on Netflix in June 2020.
So it could be the case we see a gradual rollout throughout the year.
We do, however, know quite a lot of other information on Seinfeld coming to Netflix. So here’s what we do know:
What Netflix regions will stream Seinfeld in 2021?
Netflix has acquired the global streaming rights to the series so Netflix will carry the series in every region.
How many episodes of Seinfeld are coming to Netflix?
All 180 episodes across nine seasons that aired on NBC are coming to Netflix.
What format will Seinfeld be on Netflix?
As per Hulu, Netflix will be getting all episodes in an upscaled format that will display up to 4K images. As you may know, Netflix has a wide range of 4K titles and most Netflix Originals are now shot in the resolution. Older titles, however, typically are displayed in lower resolutions.
Will Seinfeld on Netflix have the shuffle button?
It’s unclear but unlikely that Netflix will have one of the other nice features Hulu provided for Seinfeld. We’re referring to a special shuffle button that Hulu implemented whereby you can randomly drop into an episode. Netflix has never implemented such a feature for any show and it’s unlikely too for Seinfeld either.
Will Netflix share with Hulu like Community?
Another of Netflix’s recent pickups has been Community (also from Sony Pictures) but in that scenario, it shared the streaming rights with Hulu. That’s not confirmed to be the case with Seinfeld although we have reached out to both Netflix and Hulu to clarify.
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