‘Friends’ to Remain on Netflix - For Now

Friends

This series is one of the most popular shows on Netflix, and that's why Netflix paid so much for the streaming rights to the series back in 2015.

Anyway, you have until January 1st to rewatch any Friends episodes on Netflix before the show makes its PIVOT to points unknown. To this day, Netflix is the sole platform in which Friends can be streamed (although it remains widely syndicated on real TV).

Netflix users began noticing a troubling warning on the show page: "Available Until 01/01/2019".

The idea that Friends would leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's new streaming service, meanwhile, is of course not a radical idea either.

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

The holiday armadillo has granted your Christmas wish early: Friends is staying on Netflix! Meanwhile, fans of the show went into full freak-out mode over the weekend when someone spotted a note on the show's Netflix page that said it would be leaving the service on January 1st. 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. Warner Bros. parent company WarnerMedia is developing its own streaming service for launch by the end of next year. You know, more Bojack, less Christmas Prince.

However, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Friends Netflix rights in the future.

Disney is also launching its own service late next year called Disney+, and the effects of that are already being felt on Netflix, as well.

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