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Attention, fans of The Office! A new rumor about NBC’s streaming service teases some exciting news about your favorite network sitcom. | Source: AP Photo / Gus Ruelas
  • There’s a rumor that NBCUniversal will offer a free, ad-supported tier of its forthcoming streaming service, Peacock.
  • That means fans of The Office can continue watching the show when it leaves Netflix in 2021 without having to sign up for another subscription.
  • More significantly, the decision to make Peacock free could help prolong The Office’s renaissance.

Feel free to disable your Netflix account’s autoplay setting, because a spectacular new rumor from NBC suggests that fans of The Office won’t need to cram a lifetime’s worth of binge sessions into the two years before the show leaves the streaming service indefinitely.

Rumor: NBC Will Make Peacock Free for All Users

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The Office might be leaving Netflix, but you won’t need to fork over cash for another streaming subscription to keep watching it. | Source: AP Photo/Laura Rauch

Unnamed sources within NBCUniversal told CNBC that the network TV giant is mulling a plan to offer its forthcoming streaming service – the questionably-named Peacock – for free, at least to anyone willing to soldier through a few advertisements every half hour.

There would likely still be premium tiers that remove ads and provide exclusive benefits, but the core streaming product would remain free for all users, setting Peacock apart from the spate of paid subscription services competing for a limited number of roster spots in household budgets.

More importantly, this means that you can continue streaming the first seven seasons of The Office on repeat forever (or at least for the foreseeable future) without having to swap out your Netflix subscription for the surreal experience of watching “Peacock” show up on your bank statement every month. (You’re also welcome to stream the final two seasons, though we all know the show was just never the same after Steve Carell’s departure.)

Peacock’s Free Streaming Service Could Save The Office’s Unexpected Cultural Moment

The Office has enjoyed an unexpected cultural revival in the six years since it went off the air, thanks in large part to Netflix, where it ranked as the platform’s most-watched show.

An unfortunate exile to Peacock’s paid subscription service threatened that renaissance, which helped forge an unlikely bond between Gen Z and Millennials that doesn’t involve bashing the Baby Boomers.

Of course, there’s always the chance that NBC’s making a “Scott’s Tots” style promise it won’t be able to live up to when the bill comes due in 2021. But just like Michael Scott when he promised a class of third-graders that he’d pay their college tuition, we won’t have to face that reality for years.

This article was edited by Sam Bourgi.