Netflix is reportedly spending a ton of money to keep all seasons of Friends on the streaming service in 2019! 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.
After that, Warner Bros. and Netflix can renew the deal and it's possible that Netflix will no longer have the exclusive rights to the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. As it appears now, Netflix has locked down the streaming rights to Friends until at least 2020.
Netflix first bowed all 10 seasons of "Friends", encompassing all 236 episodes of the show, to subscribers in the US and Canada in January 2015, under a deal with Warner Bros.
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After an internet uproar over the possibility of "Friends" leaving Netflix at the end of 2018, the streaming giant announced a renewal to keep the sitcom through the end of next year. Netflix has now removed that expiration notice from its website.
As Netflix refuses to reveal official numbers, it's not known how many of those views were repeat viewings, but even taking that into consideration it's still a mind-blowing amount of folks tuning in.
Netflix tweeted that it will continue showing "Friends", but didn't disclose financial details. It's possible that "glitch" was a premature sign of things to come. If you're a Friends fan who already has Netflix, what's the incentive to add on another subscription service just to get more of the same? 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". They may not be there for you forever.