Is ‘Friends’ Leaving Netflix in 2019?

Review Ethan / 2023-02-08 09:32:32

Numerous outlets have reported that Friends may be moving to Netflix in 2019. Multiple outlets are reporting that Friends could be leaving Netflix in 2019. Let’s take a look.

Updated: 12/03/2018

The report comes from Collider who’s reporting that: “Netflix May Lose ‘Friends’ in 2019”. Their article, unfortunately, is purely speculation. The article is based on a broad statement made by an analyst who said some of the big syndicated content will leave Netflix in due course.  That’s a valid concern and one that’s proved correct but him naming Friends was just an example in this case. This is an excellent example because Warner Brothers will be launching a streaming service next year.

It is leaving, too.

We’ve seen no evidence of Friends leaving Netflix. At least, not yet. If you are to access and look at the details for the show you’ll see that there is no scheduled leave date as of yet. This is usually updated one month after a show leaves Netflix. While many outlets are reporting that the show will leave on January 1st just to reiterate we have seen no evidence that this is the case but watch this space.

Of course, things do come and go from the service but it’s likely that Netflix will spend a lot of money to keep Friends streaming. We mentioned above that Netflix purchased all 10 seasons for Friends on January 1, 2015. Should Netflix’s license of the show expire we’ll likely know come December 2018 when we discover what’s leaving Netflix in January 2019. That’s because titles are often licensed for a full year at a time making January 1st, the 4th year anniversary of the show being on Netflix.

Are Warner Brothers planning to launch a streaming platform?

Yes, Warner Brothers have at least two streaming services likely upcoming. DC Universe is pegged for release next year as well as a full-fledged Warner Brothers streaming service that’s not due out until the end of 2019. There’s been no announcement of what content is coming to Warner Brothers streaming service with the exception of HBO content.

Some have also reported on the fact that Netflix may lose DC shows too which makes up a large portion of Netflix’s superhero content including the likes of Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and more.

How about the United Kingdom?

Netflix UK added Friends to its service in 2018. A long-running series on Comedy Central, the rights to which Netflix shares the licence for Friends has been added to Netflix UK only during 2018. According to recent reports, the show is the most popular streaming program in the United Kingdom. There’s no chance it’ll leave Netflix UK for the foreseeable future.

You can also add that Friends with Netflix India has been picked up by even more Netflix countries.

This may all turn out to be correct and Netflix does lose Friends on January 1st, 2019 but at this early stage, it’s safe to assume it’s pure speculation.

There you have it, we’ll update you should anything change but for the moment, take the news of Friends leaving Netflix with a pinch of salt.


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