Published: Wed, December 05, 2018
Culture | By Glenn Strickland

Netflix Renews ‘Friends’ Deal Through 2019-But There’s a Catch

Netflix Renews ‘Friends’ Deal Through 2019-But There’s a Catch

Granted, that fee will diminish once the show isn't exclusive to the platform, but WarnerMedia clearly doesn't want to give up a significant revenue stream from Netflix. Netflix has canceled three of its five Marvel shows in the last two months, the most recent being "Daredevil" last week (Disney owns Marvel).

"The only reason I have an account with Netflix is to rewatch Friends", singer Hayley Kiyoko tweeted. Similarly, Anniston told InStyle that she fantasises about a Friends reboot in this new era of TV where "so many shows are being successfully rebooted".

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". 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.

However, it may not be all smooth sailing for the Friends Netflix rights in the future. However representatives for Warner Bros.

However, "Friends" may be entering its final year on Netflix, given that the show's owner, WarnerMedia, is debuting its own streaming service towards the end of 2019.

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"Friends" is leaving Netflix in January.

They also put out a Tweet saying, "The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: "Friends" will still be there for you in the United States throughout 2019".

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.

While the battle might have been won, the next one might be far more hard to fight.

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