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Is 'Friends' Really Leaving Netflix? An Exec Responds to Rumors

Is 'Friends' Really Leaving Netflix? An Exec Responds to Rumors”

"Friends" was one of Netflix's biggest acquisitions in 2014, when the streamer first announced that all 10 seasons would become available. If you're a fan, New Year's Eve will be the last day you can binge-watch "Friends", until it eventually lands on another streaming service.

Fans of the NBC hit went into a tizzy over the weekend after customers spied a notice on Netflix's page for the show indicating it would no longer be available to stream as of january 1, 2019.

We'll be sure to let you know more about Friends leaving Netflix as we find out. Netflix has now removed that expiration notice from its website. TV, who produced the massively successful sitcom, did respond to THR, while a Netflix spokesperson declined to comment. According to the site, Friends will only remain on Netflix until January 1, 2019. Disney will be launching its own streaming service Disney+ in 2019, and is slowly pulling Disney, Marvel and Star Wars content from Netflix and allowing the Marvel shows it makes in partnership with Netflix to end. But it seemed like it was worth it. WarnerMedia, the company that owns Friends, is developing its own streaming service and wants Friends for itself because it's an incredibly valuable property; by one estimate, it's still the third-most popular comedy in America, nearly fifteen years after it went off the air.

However, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Friends Netflix rights in the future. BTIG analyst Rich Greenfield suggested as much in an analyst note in October, writing "Content like Friends is likely to disappear from Netflix in 2019 as WarnerMedia launches its own SVOD service".

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