'Friends' staying on Netflix through 2019



There had been industry speculation that Warner Bros. would not renew a deal with Netflix for "Friends" and other top content as WarnerMedia plans to launch its own subscription VOD service in the fourth quarter of 2019. The show's listing on Netflix indicated that the show would leave the service as of January 1.

They also put out a Tweet saying, "The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: "Friends" will still be there for you in the U.S. throughout 2019". But Netflix was swift to put a stop to those reports, confirming that the show's "departure is a rumor".

Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told THR that Friends leaving Netflix soon was only "a rumour".

However, the future of Friends on Netflix is still uncertain.

Netflix paid $118 million (around $500,000 per episode) for the Friends catalog in 2015. Granted, that fee will diminish once the show isn't exclusive to the platform, but WarnerMedia clearly doesn't want to give up a significant revenue stream from Netflix.

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It looks like "Friends" isn't leaving Netflix after all.

The NBC sitcom ran for 10 seasons from 1994-2004 and still enjoys a healthy life in syndication.

The UK and Ireland account confirmed that the show will remain available there too - a very good thing, since it was only added in January of this year. That could give Netflix non-exclusive streaming rights to the sitcom, though the contract also gives WarnerMedia the option to stream the show exclusively on its own service.

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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