Friends to be removed from Netflix library come January 1

Friends to be removed from Netflix library come January 1

Friends to be removed from the Netflix library on January 1… as competing streaming services prepare to launch next year

Netlfix appears to be removing beloved sitcom Friends from its streaming library come January.

It was predicted in October that the media giant would be losing the 10-season show – which originally aired from 1994 to 2004 – as well as other content in the coming months as new streaming services prepare to compete in the market.

Netflix paid $118 million (around $500,000 per episode) for the Friends catalog in 2015.

Cutting the chord: Friends will no longer be available to stream on Netflix from January 1

A recent report by Deadline suggested that Friends would disappear from the on-demand platform before re-emerging on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service launching later in 2019.

Sure enough, on the series information page on the Netflix site, it now states the episodes are available to watch only until January 1 2019.


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So fans have just four weeks now to re-watch all their favorite moments from the iconic show. 

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

Hiatus: A recent report by Deadline suggested that Friends would disappear from streaming libraries before returning on WarnerMedia’s upcoming streaming service launching later in 2019

Sure enough, on the series information page on the Netflix site, it now states the episodes are available to watch until January 1 2019

The 10-season show originally aired from 1994 to 2004 and drew viewers in with its sweet and funny story-lines including the Ross and Rachel romance

Losing Friends will be a big blow for Netflix as the comedy is the third most popular sitcom in the US behind The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

Losing Friends will be a big blow for Netflix as the comedy is the third most popular sitcom in the US behind The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

‘Content like Friends is likely to disappear from Netflix in 2019 as WarnerMedia launches its own SVOD service,’ media analyst Rich Greenfield told Deadline in October.

Disney will also be giving Netflix a run for its month with its service called Disney+ which will be launching in late 2019.

It will offer the Star Wars and Marvel movies along with Pixar films and a variety of animated series.

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).

While fans have demanded a reboot of the show over the years, creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have said a reboot will ‘never happen.’ 

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)

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