Ricky Gervais’ character on the British incarnation of “The Office” may be an idiot, but the purveyors of his misadventures at BBC Worldwide America are proving a bit more shrewd. The show’s first and second seasons of the show are now being offered for the first time through Netflix and on pay-per-view VOD website Vuze. Starting in the fall, the show will also be available on BBC America on Demand, a channel offered by Comcast and Time Warner.
It’s a mark of the BBC sitcom’s popularity that Netflix has optioned it; the online DVD rental company leads the market with six million subscribers.
The shows are available on VOD website Vuze (www.vuze.com) for a 99-cent “rental” fee that will download the show to an external Java-based player. While the streaming content on most American networks’ websites is offered for free and contains advertising spots, the Vuze shows will be available without ads.