‘Friends’ to Remain on Netflix - For Now

‘Friends’ to Remain on Netflix - For Now

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The expiration date has been removed as of this afternoon, and Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos told The Hollywood Reporter that the show's "departure is a rumor".

According to Decider, Friends will be gone as of January 1st, 2019 and fans have taken to Twitter with all kinds of sentiments.

The appearance of the expiration date is what set everyone off, but as THR explains: "Expiration dates appearing and disappearing may be a function of the streaming service's contracts expiring and possible renegotiations taking place".

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Netflix users began noticing a troubling warning on the show page: "Available Until 01/01/2019".

"Friends" was one of Netflix's biggest acquisitions in 2014, when the streamer first announced that all 10 seasons would become available. THR notes that the brief scare comes as WarnerMedia prepares to launch its own streaming service in the latter half of 2019, which could possibly pull Friends back from Netflix. That means fans have only a few more weeks - until New Year's Eve at 11:59pm, to be precise - to binge-watch all 236 episodes of Friends before it's yanked from Netflix's catalogue of shows. Warner Bros. owns the rights to Friends.

Friends is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time, following the lives of six friends living in New York; Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Ross (David Schwimmer), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler (Matthew Perry), Monica (Courteney Cox) and Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow).

Netflix spent an estimated $8 billion on content this year in an effort to have 1,000 original shows and movies on the service.

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