Don't Worry, Friends Is Not Leaving Netflix Soon In The US
Netflix has come out to confirm that the iconic TV show Friends will remain available to stream--in the United States at least--through the end of 2019. The confirmation comes after Friends fans noticed that the show's page on Netflix seemed to suggest it would leave the streaming service on January 1. Thankfully, that's not true.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Netflix confirmed Friends will remain available to stream in the US through the end of 2019.
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019 pic.twitter.com/Yd0VqRzk3r— Netflix US (@netflix) December 3, 2018
As THR reminds us, Friends is expected to leave Netflix and join rights-holder WarnerMedia's own streaming service sometime down the road. The untitled streaming platform is pegged to launch at the end of 2019.
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos told THR that Friends leaving Netflix soon was only "a rumour."
Friends made its digital streaming debut when it came to Netflix on January 1, 2015. The show streams exclusively on Netflix in the US, but in Australia, it streams through Stan and not Netflix. Re-runs still air in the US on TBS and other channels.
Critically acclaimed, Friends ran for 10 seasons from 1994 through 2004. Its May 2004 finale drew 52.5 million viewers in America, according to The New York Times. As of 2015, the show was bringing in $1 billion every year from syndication, with stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry making $20 million a year from that based on their 2 percent share of syndication revenue, according to USA Today.
Cox told People this year that she'd love to do a Friends reboot, but it may never happen. 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."
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