‘Friends’ Will Leave Netflix in January After 4 Years

Friends

Friends

The idea that Friends would leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's new streaming service, meanwhile, is of course not a radical idea either. The "Available Until 01/01/2019" banner has been removed from Netflix's Friends page and Netflix chief content office Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that the show's "departure is a rumor".

THR also notes that in 2020, the new agreement will give WarnerMedia the option to stream Friends on its own upcoming streaming service, which will rival Netflix.

If you don't know, there was a scare this week where fans noticed that on the Friends Netflix page, it read that the show was expiring on 1/1/2019. Fans of the classic '90s sitcom got a scare earlier today when the streaming service suggested that Friends would be leaving Netflix in 2019.

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Over the weekend, people took to social media to lobby Netflix to keep Friends streaming on its service.

Netflix paid $118 million (around $500,000 per episode) for the Friends catalog in 2015. The mega-popular sitcom achieved new life on the streaming service, tapping into old fans' nostalgia and gaining a wave of new, young Gen Z fans who were *gasp* born after it aired. But given the growing competition in streaming-Apple is also getting into the game, and Netflix and Amazon are upping their content spending-it's curious that WarnerMedia doesn't want to differentiate itself more emphatically with TV shows and movies that can only be seen in one place. Since Warner Media owns the rights to "Friends", it makes ideal sense that the hit sitcom will be moved to Warner Media's own streaming service, which is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019. "So, guess I'll be binging 10 seasons of Friends this month".

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