ViacomCBS will begin using its cable rights almost a week after Netflix starts streaming the iconic comedy
Netflix has the streaming rights to “Seinfeld” and will begin offering the 180-episode library on Oct. 1, which is more than a week before Comedy Central will debut the show with the “top favorite episodes as voted on by the fans in a countdown stunt on Saturday, October 9 with the series to begin airing on Comedy Central on Monday, October 11.”
ViacomCBS’ cable rights deal for “Seinfeld” was significantly less than Netflix’s streaming deal (as that is for “global rights” rather than “U.S. rights”) and more along the lines of other mega cable deals, like the cable portion of the “Office” and “Friends” deals, according to a source that spoke with TheWrap at the time the pact was made.
Created by Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David, the Emmy and Golden Globe-winning “Seinfeld” stars Jerry Seinfeld as a stand-up comedian whose life in New York City is made even more chaotic by his quirky group of friends who join him in wrestling with life’s most perplexing, yet often trivial questions. Co-starring are Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Jerry’s ex-girlfriend and current platonic pal, Elaine Benes; Michael Richards as Jerry’s eccentric neighbor, Kramer; and Jason Alexander as George Costanza, Jerry’s neurotic hard-luck best friend.
“Seinfeld” ran on NBC for nine seasons from 1989-1999.
The series is a West/Shapiro Production in association with Castle Rock Entertainment. It is executive produced by Larry David, Howard West and George Shapiro.
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