‘Friends’ to Remain on Netflix - For Now

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Friends is officially leaving Netflix on January 1, 2019.

The original post is below. Netflix is dealing with some serious backlash after they announced that the 90's sitcom that follows a group of friends living their lives will be pulled from the platform in January.

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".

THR notes that the expiration date appearing and disappearing happens sometimes when a contract is about to expire and a renegotiation must take place.

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The idea that Friends would leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's new streaming service, meanwhile, is of course not a radical idea either.

Protesting to keep Friends on Netflix is futile, because Friends' exit is a cold, hard business decision.

"Friends" has been one of the most popular licensed shows on Netflix, ranking in top 10 of the most-viewed licensed TV shows for the 12 months ending in September 2017, according to a data analysis from 7Park Data. The commotion began over the weekend when fans began to notice that the incredibly popular show would only be available through this year, leading to an outcry on social media. Under a new pact with Warner Bros. Separately, Disney is ending its film-output deal with Netflix, starting with 2019 releases, as it gears up to launch Disney+ later next year. 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.

So get your last binge of all ten seasons of Friends in now, because we don't know when it will be back.

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