Friends Leaving Netflix For HBO Max, WarnerMedia's New Streaming Service

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Are you ready to subscribe to more streaming services? Following the news of The Office leaving Netflix for NBC Universal's upcoming service, Friends is also making its exit from the streaming giant. It's been announced that the sitcom will be moving to WarnerMedia's new offering, HBO Max, when it launches in Spring 2020.

The new service will serve as home to HBO's and The CW's programming library, which will also be departing Netflix. In a press release, WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer chairman Robert Greenblatt said, "HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform. HBO's world-class programming leads the way, the quality of which will be the guiding principle for our new array of Max Originals, our exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is Friends."

Friends and combined lineups of HBO and The CW aren't all you'll find on HBO Max, though. The service is expected to launch with 10,000 hours of content, and a promotional video shows that it will include everything from TruTV's Impractical Jokers to DC Universe originals like Doom Patrol--which has yet to be renewed for a second season.

Among the other titles coming to HBO Max are the complete runs of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Pretty Little Liars, along with a slew of original programming. The most notable originals are Dune: The Sisterhood, a live-action series set in the world of the Dune franchise, and an animated Gremlins prequel show.

As for what this means for DC Universe as a standalone service, GameSpot has learned that the plan is for DCU and HBO Max to co-exist, meaning those that enjoy the access to the DC Comics library that Universe offers won't be losing that. How it will be determined what shows remain on DCU and what is part of the HBO Max library remains to be seen, but DC Universe is set to reveal news about its original programming at San Diego Comic-Con.

HBO Max will launch in early 2020. No pricing details have been revealed for the service. Also coming to market are the aforementioned NBC Universal service, as well as Disney+.

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hyru99

I am done with these fucking games man. I am not playing these assholes games, by subbing to a million services. I am pirating, and I don't give a fck.

You want my money, put your shows back on netflix.

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Ohaidere

I kind of wonder if streaming service over saturation is a deliberate strategy to kill streaming.

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BigDegs

Pretty soon streaming content will be just as fragmented as cable/satellite. The whole problem with cable/satellite was the fragmentation and bundle costs, and the greed that caused it. Seems that greed is now seeping into the streaming market.

Customers will react by pirating content instead.

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Iloveqwop

@bigdegs: Already have my own personal syndication playlist! Open Kodi and it autostarts too!

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isildor

If i want to see something on disney, netflix, warner or hbo,isnt more intelligent to pay for a month only, see it and forget about it. Because lets be honest, most of the time just one service could entertain us until next movie or serie.

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Gord0nD

Im hating this trend. I left cable because it cost so much for base, and then you had to pay extra for every section of it you wanted.

Now the same thing is happening with streaming, Instead of one place, i now need HBO, Disney, Netflix, Amazon prime..... where will it end...oh wait, i know.....with my wallet. Screw em all.

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Naylord

@gord0nd: It seems easy to just subscribe to one service at a time for a month at a time. Like renewing netflix for one month when stranger things comes out and then when that month ends picking up whatever service currently has something you're interested in and roate. You'll never pay for more than one service a month this way and you'll get to see everything.

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hyru99

@Naylord: That shouldn't excuse this kind of bullshit though. Having to constantly manage and rotate services, when all it should be is 1 service to begin with like the old days. People shouldn't be encouraging these assholes and their new streaming services. They should be boycotting them and waiting till they realize that they would make more money keeping them on 1 service such as netflix or Hulu.

Continuing to give these people money will only make this shit worse. Don't fucking use them, you are actually literally saying that this is okay.

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Ovirew

Didn't Netflix just pay out a bunch of money to get Friends?

Oh wow. That was 5 years ago??? O.O

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PrpleTrtleBuBum

it feels almost every day netflix takes big hits. how they even sustain themselves anymore?

i watch like 1 hour of tv per week these days. thats always some classic series

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ConsoleHaven

@PrpleTrtleBuBum: Netflix is cash rich and making original ips to compensate. They’re getting good at it too.

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Phantom-e

I want to point out that just because the streaming services are offered, doesn't mean they have to be subscribed to. If you like friends for example, just buy the series and own it for life! Then keep Netflix for what it does offer. HBO is just taking a carrot away and dangling it from another service. BTW, there are only so many hours in a day. Only so many hours to watch TV.

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hyru99

@phantom-e: Thats what I am saying. Don't encourage these new streaming services. Just wait and buy the series outright, and you will save more money in the end. We need to stand up as consumers and tell the industry that this shit doesn't fly.

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Phantom-e

@hyru99: It's time people stop being manipulated!

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Sindred

Cool story WB, but you aren't getting my money.

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Gaijin

Why pay? The internet makes things free...

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EdwardNygma

A lot of people are cutting their cable provider so of course, the networks have to come up with another way to rip us off. Forget it not subscribing.

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JSprunk

With every network coming up with a new way to screw the viewers, it looks like I won't have a need to own a TV for much longer.

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uninspiredcup

Rather watch Frasier.

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totallytc

NetFlix has shown with its original content they are capable of producing some of the best programming TV has to offer, so why worry and waste money buying old crappy reruns like a 70's uhf station. Put more money towards original programming and we will all be the better for it.

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blade256

@totallytc: The problem is a ton of people watch shows like "Friends". Netflix does have great original programming, but if their subscribers aren't watching them as much, they'll want to pay for old shows to keep subscribers happy.

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totallytc

@blade256: Strangers Things just broke all sorts of NetFlix viewing records this last week. Its the biggest TV show of this summer across any platform. ( Comparison when Big Bang was number one network show it was pulling in 19 million viewers a week, Stranger Things had over 40 million households just this weekend alone) It shows Netflix the way forward, and the way forward isnt dumping good money after bad for old reruns. HBO doesnt show many movies anymore, their movie selection is always weak, its their original programming that keeps everyone subscribed, same can and will be true for NetFlix.

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blade256

@totallytc: Stranger Things isn't going to get those numbers every week. It just released, of course the numbers will be high. Viewership will die down real quick.

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totallytc

@blade256: yeah of course they will come down but for them to even hit those numbers EVER is incredible. NETFLIX has the biggest show and therefore franchise in all of TV

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blade256

@totallytc: I never said it wasn't impressive the numbers some of their originals show are getting. You're dismissing the popularity of the older shows. Netflix knew that shows like "Friends" received a lot of views so they were willing to pay big bucks for it to keep some of their subscribers happy. I don't watch Friends but I know others love that show and I'm not against it being available for them. Netflix can afford to pay for the older shows and create new original ones. You mention putting more money into new originals shows, but look at the list of original shows that have now and in the pas, the majority aren't so good. They aren't all hits. Anyways, I'm out - I've made my point and you as well. Good day, sir or ma'am.

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Bread_or_Decide

It's no longer cheaper to cut the cord.

Cut the streaming services is the new cut the cord.

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EdwardNygma

@Bread_or_Decide: For once we agree.

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Bread_or_Decide

@edwardnygma: Wow, hell must be frozen and pigs must be flying. It's the end of the world!

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lion2447

It's getting closer and closer to going back to all-in-one packages. Everyone started asking for more choice and we unfortunetely got it. Now there is so much choice that every different show or series has it's own subscription. So, you either have to juggle around multiple subscriptions every month to save money or just settle on the few you really want.

I'm waiting for a company to come out and provide a bundled subscription that lets you access all the various subscriptions for one price (IE. the new cable and satellite service.)

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Iloveqwop

@lion2447: Netflix is just becoming less and less of a hub for old content. They are really the only streaming service that has really caught on with original content. Some of their original movies have been phenomenal. That is what the other companies recognize, and that is what will keep Netflix on top in the future.

It eventually wont be feasible to put an entire show season out at once, for everyone to watch in one day.

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lion2447

@iloveqwop: I've actually been looking forward for more of Netflix's original content. There are still some bad ones in the bunch, but are slowly getting better.

I would actually like to see Netflix stagger seasonal shows a bit. I have no willpower to not binge a show. Lol. I feel bad knowing I binged a show in a couple of days and then realise I won't see another season of that show for at least another year.

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LHBr

Soon, there will be so many Streaming services that people will start going back to Torrent. Netflix is/was nice because everything is at one single place for a low price, and Torrent is exactly this :P

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Bread_or_Decide

@lhbr: I don't want any viruses, no thanks.

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hyru99

@Bread_or_Decide: Its not hard to avoid viruses. You get viruses just by visiting certain websites. Get a quality antivirus/spyware and you won't have any issues. People these days shouldn't even be concerned about this stuff at this point, AV have become stupid proof practically.

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MetaMods

@Bread_or_Decide: welcome to 2019 not 2002

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Bread_or_Decide

@MetaMods: You're right. There are worse things than viruses now. Even more, no thanks. You enjoy the spyware and other junk.

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MetaMods

@Bread_or_Decide: if you know how to use computer oh wait nvm

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flatovercrest

Ill be renewing my subscription to TPB in 2020 it looks like.

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nikolistary

If you watch Friends you are a loser, straight up.

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gotrekfabian

@nikolistary: No that would be:

If you make judgement on others because their opinions differ from your own, you're a loser. (Especially in an online forum.)

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andfx8

@nikolistary: okay cool guy

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dllninja

@nikolistary:

you must be fun at parties.

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Bread_or_Decide

@dllninja: I don't think he even gets invited to parties.

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nikolistary

@Bread_or_Decide: That really hurt my feelings. I'm going to kill myself because of what you said to me.

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Linkbuscus01

Guess I’ll have to leave the cable on when it comes to having background noise..