Serenity now! Seinfeld is finally going to be available for streaming, but the sponge-worthiest sitcom in history is going to cost someone a whole lot of money, not that there's anything wrong with that. (Also, is that enough references? 'Cause I'd like to stop now).
The Wall Street Journal reported that a deal was close to being reached for Sony Pictures Television to sell the streaming rights to either Hulu, Amazon or Yahoo. Netflix apparently dropped out of the bidding on this one (sorry, almost everyone).
Variety points out that the deal for all 180 episodes of the series could top $100 million. If you remember, Netflix recently dropped $500,000 per episode on the entire run of Seinfeld's former Must See TV companion, Friends, (which might be why they don't have another $100 million or so for this).
Jerry Seinfeld himself hinted at the possibility of something like this during a Reddit AMA last year. When a fan asked if the show would ever come to Netflix, Seinfeld told him "these conversations are presently taking place."
The Journal says that Seinfeld and co-creator Larry David still participate in profits from the series, so maybe that $800 million figure that David denies is about to become a little more accurate.
At the very least, we'll be able to watch the show at a regular speed like god intended.