Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Friends is NOT leaving Netflix just yet

Friends fans may be worrying prematurely about the series being removed from Netflix.
There were multiple reports Monday that the much-loved comedy will be leaving the streaming service after the ‘available until’ date on the show’s details page showed January 1 2019.
But as of Monday afternoon the expiration date has disappeared.
And Netflix COO Ted Sarandos has told The Hollywood Reporter that the comedy’s departure from the site ‘is a rumor’.
It’s not clear how significant that expiration date Netflix uses is, as it could just indicate the end of a contract for 2018 and there may be renegotiations on the horizon.
It was predicted in October that the media giant would be losing the 10-season show – which originally aired from 1994 to 2004 – as well as other content in the coming months as new streaming services prepare to compete in the market.
Netflix paid $118 million (around $500,000 per episode) for the Friends catalog in 2015.
A recent report by Deadline suggested that Friends would disappear from the on-demand platform before re-emerging on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service launching later in 2019.
It comes as Netflix also looks set to lose Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC titles amid the increasingly competitive on-demand market.
Losing Friends would be a big blow for Netflix as the comedy is the third most popular sitcom in the US behind The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.
‘Content like Friends is likely to disappear from Netflix in 2019 as WarnerMedia launches its own SVOD service,’ media analyst Rich Greenfield told Deadline in October.
Disney will also be giving Netflix a run for its month with its service called Disney+ which will be launching in late 2019.
It will offer the Star Wars and Marvel movies along with Pixar films and a variety of animated series.
Friends is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, following the lives of six friends living in New York; Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).
While fans have demanded a reboot of the show over the years, creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have said a reboot will ‘never happen.’