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.
It looks like "Friends" isn't leaving Netflix after all.
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.
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"Friends" has been one of the most popular licensed shows on Netflix, ranking in top 10 of the most-viewed licensed TV shows for the 12 months ending in September 2017, according to a data analysis from 7Park Data.
And in August, it was revealed that Friends was this year's most-watched streaming show in the United Kingdom, beating The Grand Tour, The Crown and Stranger Things. 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.
Netflix users began noticing a troubling warning on the show page: "Available Until 01/01/2019". One of the main reasons Netflix produces so much original content is to have a robust enough library that users won't cancel their subscriptions when stuff like Friends leaves. Mainly, that they'll have to do their homework to figure out what services have what content, and that curating television is about to get a whole lot harder.