The Big Bang Theory viewers enjoyed watching the show on CBS and CBS All Access for a number of years, which allowed them free reign of the show’s streaming capabilities. However earlier this week it was reported CBS All Access would lose the rights to the show, and the reruns of The Big Bang Theory would cease following the replay of the twelfth season. Now it has been revealed the show will have a new home: WarnerMedia.
WarnerMedia’s HBO Max has acquired the rights to The Big Bang Theory which is reportedly worth more than $1 billion.
This deal comes just 24 hours after the announcement that fellow streaming giant Netflix secured the streaming rights to Seinfeld in a deal that apparently cost more than $500 million.
WarnerMedia’s new deal gives HBO Max the exclusive rights to stream the show for the next five years.
However this is limited to “domestic” streaming – meaning just the USA – according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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While this is great news for US fans of The Big Bang Theory who still wish to rewatch the show from its inception, the global streaming rights for the CBS show are yet to be announced.
The UK currently has every episode of The Big Bang Theory on Netflix available, with no signs of stopping.
But with powers shifting in the CBS streaming universe, could viewers from the UK and Europe find themselves hunting for the Chuck Lorre show elsewhere?
Speaking about the new deal, Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia’s entertainment and direct-to-consumer divisions, told the publication: “We’re thrilled that HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home for this comedy juggernaut when we launch in the spring of 2020.
“This show has been a hit virtually around the globe, it’s one of the biggest shows on broadcast television of the last decade.
“And the fact that we get to bring it to a streaming platform for the first time in the US is a coup for our new offering.”
The streaming rights to the show’s spin-off Young Sheldon have not yet been altered, but changes may occur once the show wraps up.
As CBS moves on to change the whereabouts of The Big Bang Theory’s streaming access, the actors are also changing their day-to-day work.
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Most of the show’s actors have been working on their next projects after the end of their 12 year commitments, and Amy Farrah Fowler star Mayim Bialik is no different.
Most recently, she appeared at the Toronto International Film Festival where she discussed her upcoming movie – As Sick As They Made Us.
According to Deadline, Mayim said about her movie: “Growing up surrounded by mental illness is not something that is easy to write about, nor is it easy to live through.
“The challenges ripple out into the lives of children immersed in these families even as they try to make their own lives apart from the challenges they grew up with.”
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Mayim went on to add that she had included some of her own experiences in this project.
She continued: “After my father’s passing four and a half years ago, I decided to explore the complexity of mental illness and familial responsibility.
“Especially as it falls on women – as well as to highlight the redemptive nature of a family’s love as they navigate death and continue to live life on their own terms.”
The Big Bang Theory season 12 is available on CBS and All4.
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