Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

Friends is not leaving Netflix - for now

Friends is not leaving Netflix - for now

Since Warner Media owns the rights to "Friends", it makes flawless 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.

Three years after landing on Netflix, there's been an uptick in chatter over the last couple of months that NBC's mega-popular sitcom Friends may be finally leaving the streaming service come January 1st.

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.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Netflix will pay around $100 million to parent company WarnerMedia to keep the show another year - $30 million a year more than what it was paying before. The untitled streaming platform is pegged to launch at the end of 2019.

As of Monday afternoon, however, the expiration date was removed from the show page, with Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos explaining to The Hollywood Reporter that the show's "departure is a rumour".

But after an internet uproar over the possibility of "Friends" leaving Netflix at the end of 2018, the streaming platform has chose to extend its streaming contract for another year.

The first episode of Friends originally aired in the USA over 20 years ago, in 1994. The commotion began over the weekend when fans began to notice that the incredibly popular show would only be available through this year, leading to an outcry on social media. Netflix didn't use to be in such fierce competition with companies like Warner Bros. and Disney, but it is now.

Cox told People this year that she'd love to do a Friends reboot, but it may never happen.

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