Netflix Reveals ‘Friends’ Will Be There For You Until 2020

Cristina Cross
December 5, 2018

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.

UPDATE 3:45 P.M. ET: Looks like Friends isn't leaving Netflix on January 1 after all.

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After a notice was spotted on the series' Netflix page reading, "Availability Until 1/1/19", fans instantly wondered whether the popular show would be pulled from the streaming service.

Friends will be there for you on Netflix for the foreseeable future. After fans went insane (and even started a petition to keep the show on the platform), Netflix made everyone's Christmas wish come true, courtesy of a Ross Geller meme. Under a new pact with Warner Bros.

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Adding to the complexity is that despite WarnerMedia's stance on Friends, the company's chief executive, John Stankey, has also said that WarnerMedia shows will indeed migrate back from other streaming platforms once WarnerMedia launches its apps. The expiration date may have had to do with contractual negotiations. Despite the difference from the NYT report, the new deal is still a major increase from the original four-year deal the two companies signed in 2014, which kept Friends streaming on Netflix for $30 million per year. That means fans have only a few more weeks - until New Year's Eve at 11:59pm, to be precise - to binge-watch all 236 episodes of Friends before it's yanked from Netflix's catalogue of shows.

Could we BE any more happy?

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

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