Friends to be removed from Netflix library come January 1

05 December, 2018, 04:12 | Author: Eloise Houston
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Media analyst Rich Greenfield suggested as much in an analyst note back in October - specifically, that Friends might depart Netflix next year for the new streaming service that Warner Bros. parent company WarnerMedia is launching towards the end of 2019.

Losing Friends will be a big blow for Netflix as the comedy is the third most popular sitcom in the USA behind The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

With winter in full swing in Canada, there's no better time to curl up and start re-watching all ten seasons for the 50th time.

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. After that, however, the show's Netflix fate is unknown.

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Airing from 1994 to 2004 on NBC, Netflix had acquired "Friends" as the result of an online streaming deal that began January 1, 2015. But it came with a lofty price tag: Netflix shelled out $118 million (pennies for the service today) for the streaming rights and to digitally remaster every single episode for HD streaming capabilities. Re-runs still air in the USA on TBS and other channels. 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".

"That's no longer the case, if it ever was, with Netflix confirming via Twitter that "'Friends' will still be there for you in the USA throughout 2019".

While fans have demanded a reboot of the show over the years, creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have said a reboot will 'never happen'.

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