NBCUniversal and Hulu have agreed to a new deal that will make the streaming service the exclusive home of 30 Rock, Hulu confirmed today.
The move comes just one week after Netflix confirmed that 30 Rock would be leaving the streaming platform. In a statement to Polygon, a Netflix representative said:
The license for a TV series or movie is for a set period of time, which means every title eventually comes up for renewal. At that point we take a variety of factors into account to determine if we will renew the title. As we expand our content portfolio, our goal is to continue offering great movies and TV series for our members, while also providing content that is available exclusively on Netflix.
As part of the deal, 30 Rock will be joined by other popular NBCUniversal series including Parenthood, Made in Chelsea, There’s Johnny and SyFy’s Faceoff. Earlier this month, Hulu confirmed that it would be the exclusive streaming home of NBCUniversal’s Will and Grace. The series, which has almost 200 episodes and is the subject of a recent reboot on NBC, wasn’t available to stream on any platform prior to this. NBCUniversal has a 30 percent stake in Hulu.
There are a number of NBCUniversal series that are still in question. Parks and Rec, for example, and Friends. Polygon has reached out to both Netflix and Hulu about whether that may change in the coming months. Terms for the deals were not disclosed at the time, making it uncertain how long Netflix owns the streaming rights for.
NBCUniversal’s exodus from Netflix comes just a few months after Fox and Hulu announced it would be partnering. Series like Bob’s Burgers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Futurama have slowly been leaving Netflix and migrating over to Hulu.
The last chance Netflix subscribers have to watch 30 Rock on Netflix will be Sept. 30.
Update: A representative for Hulu has confirmed to Polygon that the company doesn’t “have anything else to share around that [Friends] at the moment,” but Parks and Recreation will remain on both streaming services for now.
Update 2: A Netflix representative has confirmed to Polygon that Friends will not be leaving the platform. Both Hulu and Netflix reps also confirmed that Parks and Recreation will stay on both streaming services.