Netflix Reportedly Paid $100 Million to Keep 'Friends' From Leaving in 2019

05 December, 2018, 04:15 | Author: Alicia Barber
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Netflix tweeted a screenshot from the show with the message: "The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: "Friends" will still be there for you in the USA throughout 2019".

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. Meanwhile, fans of the show went into full freak-out mode over the weekend when someone spotted a note on the show's Netflix page that said it would be leaving the service on January 1st.

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There won't be a break from "Friends" on Netflix after all. Despite the difference from the NYT report, the new deal is still a major increase from the original four-year deal the two companies signed in 2014, which kept Friends streaming on Netflix for $30 million per year.

It comes as Netflix also looks set to lose Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC titles amid the increasingly competitive on-demand market.

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Disney is also launching its own service late next year called Disney+, and the effects of that are already being felt on Netflix, as well. Well we now have some more clarity on what, exactly, is going on, and how long you can expect Friends to be there for you.

Fans of the NBC hit went into a tizzy over the weekend after customers spied a notice on Netflix's page for the show indicating it would no longer be available to stream as of january 1, 2019.

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"The One Where Friends is Going Nowhere, Don't Worry", it replied to one anxious fan. The show streams exclusively on Netflix in the United States, but in Australia, it streams through Stan and not Netflix.

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