Netflix confirms ‘Friends’ will stay on the service through 2019


Friends Is Leaving Netflix in January 2019?!

On Sunday, viewers of the beloved series noticed an unwelcome addition to the show's page on Netflix - an "available until" date.

The Warner Bros. produced comedy will be leaving the streaming service when the year turns over on January 1, 2019, according to the show's page on Netflix, which is exactly four years to the date when the former NBC comedy was originally made available.

Now, the expiration date has been removed and Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos is speaking out about the reports.

Protesting to keep Friends on Netflix is futile, because Friends' exit is a cold, hard business decision. However representatives for Warner Bros.

According to a report from Engadget, Friends will leave Netflix US on january 1, 2019, meaning the last day to watch the season will be New Year's Eve.

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Request for comment from Netflix was not immediately returned. THR notes that the brief scare comes as WarnerMedia prepares to launch its own streaming service in the latter half of 2019, which could possibly pull Friends back from Netflix.

It comes as Netflix also looks set to lose Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC titles amid the increasingly competitive on-demand market.

"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. While we don't have a full idea yet what its inventory of titles will consist of, WarnerMedia chief John Stankey has said the service will arrive in the fourth quarter next year and offer consumers three tiers.

So use this chance to marathon as many Friends episodes as you can.

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