'Seinfeld' Could be Coming to Netflix28 Jul, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel
“Seinfeld,” the hit sitcom that reveled in its characterization as “a show about nothing” for nine seasons in the 1990s on NBC, reportedly may soon be available for binge-watching on Netflix.
Despite its popularity and standing as one of the best TV shows ever, “Seinfeld,” which last aired in 1998, has not been available for subscription streaming.
Time Warner, which owns the syndication rights through September, reportedly has generated about $3 billion in revenue from the series since it left primetime.
In a Q&A session (July 24) with the public social media website Reddit, comedian Jerry Seinfeld, who co-created the series with Larry David, was asked if “Seinfeld” would ever appear on Netflix.
“You are a very smart and progressive person. These conversations are presently taking place,” Seinfeld said.
While episodes of “Seinfeld” can easily be found in syndication when channel surfing, having unlimited access to all seasons online would be a draw to SVOD.
“There are only a handful of what we tend to refer to as 'A'-level sitcoms in our business,” Chuck Larsen, who runs a consulting firm dealing with TV syndication, told Bloomberg. “‘Seinfeld’ is certainly one of them. 'Full House,' 'Happy Days,' 'I Love Lucy,' 'Two-and-a-Half Men,' 'Everybody Loves Raymond' — there haven’t been that many.”
Netflix spokesperson Joris Evers shed little insight on a possible deal.
“Nothing from us on this one,” Evers said in an email.
Regardless, “Seinfeld” is available on packaged media. Seinfeld: The Complete Series was re-released on DVD last November from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for $149.99. It currently lists for $89.34 on Amazon. Individual seasons have been available for some time on DVD from $11.99.