No, 'Friends' isn't leaving Netflix. Here's the $100 million reason why

No, 'Friends' isn't leaving Netflix. Here's the $100 million reason why

The folks over at the Wall Street Journal report that WarnerMedia has reached an agreement to keep Friends on Netflix throughout 2019, but the particulars of the deal allow WarnerMedia to also put the show on its impending streaming service.

These concerns were sparked over the weekend when people spotted that the show would only be available on Netflix until January 1. Netflix made the announcement Monday following social media backlash from dedicated fans who spotted an expiration date suggesting that the NBC hit from the 90s would only be available until the end of this year. And in the meantime, it's reportedly squeezing $100 million out of Netflix to allow the company to have Friends for one last exclusive year, in 2019. With HBO, Warner Bros., and TBS, WarnerMedia's content is a bit more diffuse. 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.

According to Decider, Friends will be gone as of January 1st, 2019 and fans have taken to Twitter with all kinds of sentiments.

"Friends" is leaving Netflix in January. Seriously, all the teens love Friends, they think it's "quaint".

Whereas in the U.S., the service provider simultaneously confirmed that 'Friends will still be there for you in the USA for the duration of 2019'. 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. They may not be there for you forever.

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