‘The Office’ actor Mark York dead at 55
'The Office' actor dies Mark York, who played in four episodes of "The Office" television series, died last week. ( Lambert/Getty Images)Mark York, who played Billy Merchant in “The Office,” died last week in Dayton, Ohio. >> Read more trending newsYork’s death on May 19 was confirmed by the Montgomery County coroner’s office, The New York Times reported. According to the coroner’s office, York died in a hospital of natural causes. York played the property manager at the office park where Dunder Mifflin was housed, the Times reported.wftv.com
U.S. Catholic bishops may push Biden to stop taking Communion
When U.S. Catholic bishops hold their next national meeting in June, they’ll be deciding whether to send a tougher-than-ever message to President Joe Biden and other Catholic politicians: Don’t receive Communion if you persist in public advocacy of abortion rights.news.yahoo.com
‘The Office’ walking tour wants you to get off your couch and go roam Thornton Park — in search of the Scranton Strangler
... We've been working in offices for years trying to keep paying rent in New York, and so [The Office] really spoke to us. It really really felt like this childhood dream coming true. TM: We're directing this and we're casting it locally, so we've been doing auditions over Zoom, we're doing rehearsals over Zoom ... It's all socially distanced, masks on everyone; we are really going above and beyond on safety just in case. The walking tour takes groups of up to 30 people through Thornton Park, departing from the Abbey, abbeyorlando.com; $45.)orlandoweekly.com
The first two seasons of 'The Office' will be free on NBCUniversal's Peacock but the rest is paywalled
Novak as Ryan HowardHappy 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 on the free version of Peacock, NBCUniversal's streaming service, the company said Monday. "The Office," for years Netflix's most-watched series, will be exclusively available to Peacock subscribers starting Jan. 4, 2021. In addition to "The Office" episodes, NBCUniversal will release behind-the-scenes footage and interviews and never-before-seen clips and deleted scenes for premium subscribers. NBCUniversal projected in January that 30 million to 35 million Peacock accounts will be active by 2024.cnbc.com
Comcast nets record high-speed internet adds, has nearly 22 million Peacock sign-ups
The service, which offers free and paid options, had 10 million sign-ups when Comcast last reported earnings in July. Comcast also reported better-than-expected net customer additions for high-speed internet service and further growth to its new streaming service, Peacock. Comcast on Thursday reported third-quarter earnings that beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines. Cable added more broadband customers in the first nine months of the year than in all of 2019, Comcast reported, including nearly 1 million customers in the second and third quarters. Comcast said that excluding theme parks, NBCUniversal earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization grew by 9% year over year.cnbc.com
11 pop culture face masks that would be fun to wear in public
Whether you like it or not, wearing a face mask in public has become the new norm when it comes to protecting yourself and others from COVID-19. Disposable face masks work great, but with no design whatsoever. (Whiskey and Zen/Etsy)Who wouldn’t love a face mask from the Rose Apothecary in Schitt’s Creek? This face mask hopefully will give people at the grocery store a chuckle. Wear a face mask around your friends and family to protect them from COVID-19, plus make some people smile with this “Golden Girls” tribute.
What to watch out for when shopping online from work this Cyber Monday
Justin Lubin | NBCU Photo BankIf you're like many workers, you'll be shopping online while you're working today. A recent survey from Robert Half Technology, a human resources consulting company, found that 52% of employees plan to shop online this Cyber Monday. Cyber Monday is the most popular day for online shopping at work or "workshopping" according to 43% of those surveyed, followed by Amazon Prime day, with 38%. Another group that's most likely to search for goods at work: working parents. When online shopping at work, you also run the risk of giving those bad actors access to your company server, which can cause all kinds of problems, said Bill Driscoll, senior district president at Robert Half Technology.cnbc.com
Disney's new streaming service won't be completely ad-free after all
Disney's streaming service, which is launching next week and had said it will be ad-free, will carry a one-time promotion for the cable channel Starz. Disney will show the promotion after the sign-up process, a Disney spokesperson told CNBC on Tuesday. The promotion highlights the complicated world of licensing as traditional media companies like Disney, AT&T's WarnerMedia and Comcast's NBCUniversal prepare their respective streaming services with their own shows and movies. Disney has in the past tapped revenue by signing costly licensing deals with TV channels and streaming services such as Netflix and Starz that allows those companies to show Disney-made movies. The Disney movies licensed to Starz includes "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," which will be available for streaming when Disney+ launches.cnbc.com
Netflix boss not worried about losing 'Friends,' 'The Office'
Netflix via CNN(CNN) - Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos isn't worried about subscribers leaving the streaming service when "Friends" and "The Office" are no longer being there for them. "Friends" is scheduled to depart Netflix in 2020 and have a new home at WarnerMedia's HBO Max. "The Office," meanwhile, will depart Netflix in 2021 for NBC's forthcoming streaming service, Peacock. Sarandos admitted that while he would have "loved to have kept" the titles on Netflix for subscribers "we're also about change and keeping things fresh and we haven't had 'Seinfeld.' Asked if Netflix could maintain its spending -- reportedly it's investing $15 billion on original content alone -- he was certain.
Find out what Dundie Award you'll win from 'The Office'
Anyone who has watched "The Office" knows there are so many iconic episodes throughout its nine-season run. Another iconic moment in the show's history is the Dundie Awards, a fake awards show that Michael has at the local Scranton Chili's Restaurant. Ryan won "Hottest In The Office" and Kevin won the Dont Go In There After Me award. Website Moneypenny decided to have some fun with the iconic moment and created a Dundie Award Generator that will award you with your very own Dundie. All you have to do is answer some work day-related questions and you'll get an "Office"-themed Dundie.
NBCUniversal unveils Peacock, its upcoming streaming service
FreeImages.com/Ernesto Ferreyra(CNN) - NBCUniversal announced Tuesday that its new streaming service will be called Peacock and that it will come with a colorful library of content. Peacock will be the exclusive streaming home for popular sitcoms like "The Office" and "Parks and Recreation." NBCUniversal did not disclose how much Peacock would cost, but did say that pricing will be announced closer to launch. Peacock joins a growing list of upcoming streaming services from big media companies looking to compete with Netflix. There's been a flurry of news in the streaming world over the past week.
Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, aka Pam and Angela, starting 'Office' podcast
"The Office" may be leaving Netflix eventually, but stars Jenna Fischer and Angela Kinsey, aka Pam and Angela, are here to save the day by starting a new podcast about "The Office" called "Office Ladies." Fischer and Kinsey will watch an episode of "The Office" each week and give some behind-the-scenes gossip and talk about what it was like filming that episode. It seemed like a great time to share our stories and behind-the-scenes trivia with fans, Fischer said in a statement. Or Mindy Kaling coming on the podcast to spill some behind-the-scenes tea? In the meantime, we'll be binging every iconic episode of "The Office" on Netflix, starting with "Dinner Party."
Netflix vs AT&T: Here's which stock would have made you richer if you invested $1,000 10 years ago
Media conglomerate AT&T has its own streaming services and secured a place on the same list, but its stock hasn't seen quite the same success. Investing $1,000 in Netflix 10 years ago would have made you significantly richer today than had you put the same amount into AT&T. If you put $1,000 in AT&T over the same period, your investment would be worth about $2,200, a total return of around 125%. CNBC: AT&T stock as of July 22, 2019Despite seeing a dip in its stock performance and facing increasing competition from new streaming services, including Disney+, Netflix has a lot to be hopeful about, some experts say. Don't miss: Coke vs Pepsi: Here's which stock would have made you richer if you invested $1,000 10 years agocnbc.com
Netflix says it can spend more on its own shows now that it's not paying for 'The Office' and 'Friends'
Yes, Netflix is losing "The Office" and "Friends" in the next two years. On Wednesday, Netflix released its second quarter earnings report, noting that losing these costly programs will free up the company's budget and allow it to spend more on its own original content. According to Streaming Observer, Netflix users watch about 164 million hours of content on the streaming service each day, or about 5 billion each month. To put that into context, that's about 60 billion hours of content in a year. Netflix has been prolific in adding new original content to its streaming service, it far and away exceeds what its competitors release each year.cnbc.com
Why NBC is paying $500 million to stream 'The Office,' a show it already owns
The streaming service is set to shell out $100 million per year for the show, even though it's technically a property of NBC's parent company. So, if "The Office" is an NBC show, why is NBC shelling out $500 million to put it on its forthcoming streaming service? In this case, the NBC streaming service is buying the rights to "The Office" from Universal Television. A person familiar with the negotiations said Netflix made an offer to keep "The Office" on its streaming service, but the offer was rejected. Netflix was willing to pay up to $90 million a year for the rights, but NBC topped the bid.cnbc.com
'The Office' is leaving Netflix in 2021
Netflix via CNN(CNN) - Netflix is losing "The Office" in 2021. NBC is taking back the popular sitcom to offer on its own streaming platform in January 2021, Netflix announced Tuesday on its official Twitter account. NBC confirmed it has secured "exclusive domestic streaming rights" for all nine seasons of the series in a news release. WarnerMedia, which also owns HBO and Warner Bros., is now planning to launch its own streaming service. The-CNN-Wire & 2019 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company.
Oscars 2016 nominations announced
The 88th Academy Award nominations were announced at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills by actor John Krasinski from “The Office,” and Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Among the best picture nominees were "The Revenant," "Spotlight" and "The Martian." Fandango’s Erik Davis joins “CBS This Morning" to discuss the surprises and snubs.cbsnews.com