"Friends" aficionados took to social media to complain about Netflix's potential loss of the show and threatened to cancel their subscriptions - something that routinely happens when popular content leaves any service. And in the meantime, it's reportedly squeezing $100 million out of Netflix to allow the company to have Friends for one last exclusive year, in 2019. No wonder Netflix subscribers went nuts after receiving this news.
Thankfully, Netflix came out and assured folks that Friends will remain on Netflix throughout 2019, with CCO Ted Sarandos going so far as to say that Friends leaving Netflix was simply "a rumor". However representatives for Warner Bros. The show's listing on Netflix indicated that the show would leave the service as of January 1.
Request for comment from Netflix was not immediately returned.
Airing from 1994 to 2004 on NBC, Netflix had acquired "Friends" as the result of an online streaming deal that began January 1, 2015. But it seemed like it was worth it. 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.
However, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Friends Netflix rights in the future.
"The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: "Friends" will still be there for you in the U.S. throughout 2019", Netflix wrote. You know, more Bojack, less Christmas Prince.