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THE OFFICE – Season 2 – John Krasinsky as Jim Halpert, Jenna Fischer as Pam Beesly, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Shrute, Steve Carell as Michael Scott, B. J. Novak as Ryan Howard

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Happy Holidays, The Office fans, you're about to get the first two seasons of the comedy series for free.

Seasons 1 and 2 of "The Office" will be available in the free version of Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service, the company announced on Monday. Seasons 3 to 9 will be on Peacock's paid premium levels, the company announced on Monday. A premium ad-supported subscription costs $ 4.99 per month. An ad-free version is available for $ 9.99 per month.

"The Office", Netflix's most-watched series for years, will be available exclusively to Peacock subscribers from January 4, 2021. Comcast's NBCUniversal is using "The Office" to drive Peacock signups as the service seeks to compete with Disney +, Netflix, and a host of other streaming products. In September, just in time for the launch of "The Office", NBCUniversal signed a deal with Roku, the users' largest streaming distribution platform.

Peacock continues to negotiate a distribution agreement with Amazon Fire TV.

In addition to the "The Office" episodes, NBCUniversal will release footage and behind-the-scenes interviews, as well as never-before-seen clips and deleted scenes, for premium subscribers.

NBCUniversal outbid Netflix by $ 10 million per season for The Office last year, CNBC reported. NBCUniversal is paying $ 500 million for all 201 episodes of "The Office" over the next five years. Universal Television, a division of NBCUniversal, produced the show with Deedle-Dee Productions and Reveille Productions.

Brian Roberts, Comcast CEO, announced in September that Peacock has 15 million signups. NBCUniversal forecast in January that 30 to 35 million Peacock accounts will be active by 2024. AT&T announced earlier this month that its flagship streaming service, HBO Max, has 12.6 million subscribers, while Disney said last week that Disney + has more than 86 million users worldwide.

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of CNBC.

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Katherine Clark