More digital video platforms are looking to bolster their services with branded TV networks shows.
Following on the heels of new episodes of network TV shows moving to the digital space -- “Arrested Development” on Netflix and “Community” on Yahoo TV -- now comes word that old episodes of “Seinfeld” may be going to Netflix.
In an online discussion on Reddit, Jerry Seinfeld said there are currently talks with Netflix to bring “Seinfeld” to the subscription video on demand service.
Responding to an inquiry about a possible Netflix deal, Seinfeld said: “You are a very smart and progressive person. These conversations are presently taking place.”
“Seinfeld” has long been a big advertising revenue staple for U.S. TV stations in syndication -- and for cable network TBS. Original episodes of the show first ran on NBC from 1989 to 1998.
More recently, Seinfeld has been fronting the digital Web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” on Sony’s Crackle.com Web site. Additionally, Seinfeld also said a spinoff of “Comedians” will also makes its way onto “Crackle.”
Cancelled NBC sitcom “Community” recently made news: another season will run on Yahoo TV. It will start up after the winter holidays -- but unlike most new digital video offerings, users won’t be able to access a whole season at once.
Yahoo’s plan is to release the 13-episode sixth season weekly one episode at a time.