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‘Seinfeld’ Netflix premiere marred by aspect ratio ruining jokes

3 October, 2021

Seinfeld just hit Netflix on October 1, a landmark event for fans of the series, and possibly for Netflix itself. It remains to be seen if Seinfeld will be as huge a monetary win for the streaming giant as Avatar: The Last Airbender was, but there’s no denying how thrilled fans are to be able to easily stream the show. However, there’s a small caveat — well, a big caveat for some. Seinfeld’s aspect ratio is marring its Netflix debut. In fact, the aspect ratio winds up ruining some jokes entirely, and some fans are up in arms.

Seinfeld has finally migrated from Hulu to Netflix, a move that could reap major benefits for Netflix. But if it doesn’t, the platform is going to be in the hole for quite a hefty sum. Netflix reportedly paid over $500 million for Seinfeld, according to Time.

Seinfeld is the television comedy that all television comedy is measured against. It is as fresh and funny as ever, and will be available to the world in 4K for the first time. We can’t wait to welcome Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer to their new global home on Netflix,” said Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos of the deal.

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