Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

'Friends' Will Be There for You on Netflix After All

'Friends' Will Be There for You on Netflix After All

WarnerMedia's strategy boils down to wanting to have its cake and eat it, too.

The holiday armadillo has granted your Christmas wish early: Friends is staying on Netflix! In 2014, when Netflix first bought those rights, it paid $500,000 an episode.

Enormously popular 1990s and 2000s sitcom "Friends" is to remain available on streaming service Netflix until 2020, after which point it may well end up on WarnerMedia's upcoming platform.

"The only reason I have an account with Netflix is to rewatch Friends", singer Hayley Kiyoko tweeted.

The strategy is in contrast with that of Disney's, which is making content on its own entertainment streaming app Disney+, also due out next year, entirely exclusive. It came to the streaming platform on January 1, 2015.

It will offer the Star Wars and Marvel movies along with Pixar films and a variety of animated series. "In November, speaking at the Wall Street Journal's Tech D.Live conference, he said, "'[W] hen you have premium content, distribution is everything. Netflix has canceled three of its five Marvel shows in the last two months, the most recent being "Daredevil" last week (Disney owns Marvel).

"Friends" won't be there for much longer for Netflix subscribers. However representatives for Warner Bros. But as the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix's model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions.

And no one should underestimate the passion of Friends fans.

After the internet collectively lost its mind over the fact that the hit 90s sitcom would only be available on Netflix Canada until January 1, 2019, the streaming giant announced a renewal to keep the iconic show through the end of next year.

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.

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