‘Friends’ to Remain on Netflix - For Now

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There had been industry speculation that Warner Bros. would not renew a deal with Netflix for "Friends" and other top content as WarnerMedia plans to launch its own subscription VOD service in the fourth quarter of 2019.

To this day, Netflix is the sole platform in which Friends can be streamed (although it remains widely syndicated on real TV).

But after an internet uproar over the possibility of "Friends" leaving Netflix at the end of 2018, the streaming platform has chose to extend its streaming contract for another year.

There won't be a break from "Friends" on Netflix after all. Many similar messages followed - and for now, at least, these "Friends" fans got their wish.

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However, an executive with links to the Friends contract tells USA Today the show will continue to be available next year.

Some hardcore fans of the classic sitcom were anxious the show was going to be cut from Netflix in the new year. The expiration date may have had to do with contractual negotiations. It came to the streaming platform on January 1, 2015.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Netflix will pay around $100 million to parent company WarnerMedia to keep the show another year - $30 million a year more than what it was paying before. Disney will be launching its own streaming service Disney+ in 2019, and is slowly pulling Disney, Marvel and Star Wars content from Netflix and allowing the Marvel shows it makes in partnership with Netflix to end. But as the streaming world has become more and more crowded, Netflix's model has shifted in these past four years to favor its own productions.

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