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This is The One Where We Say Goodbye.
Just weeks after announcing The Office will be leaving Netflix, the media network has announced Friends will no longer be available for streaming on their platform beginning in 2020.
Friends is owned by WarnerMedia and has been licensed to Netflix the last several years. It previously had an contract which was set to end at the beginning of 2019, before scrambling and paying $100 million to keep the group of 6 around for another year, following heavy uproar on social media.
So where are all 236 episodes of Friends going? To WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max. Warner hasn’t announced too many details of the service, including pricing, but says it will showcase around 10,000 hours of content.
“Anchored with and inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence and award-winning storytelling, the new service will be “Maximized” with an extensive collection of exclusive original programming (Max Originals) and the best-of-the-best from WarnerMedia’s enormous portfolio of beloved brands and libraries,” WarnerMedia said in a release.
Other titles that will be shown on HBO Max include all seasons of Pretty Little Liars and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. WarnerMedia also announced new deals to provide premium content, including one with Reese Witherspoon and Greg Berlanti.
WarnerMedia listed several other high profile stars who will be producing content for HBO and/or HBO Max, including Anna Kendrick, Issa Rae, Lena Dunham, Nicole Kidman, George R.R. Martin, and Kaley Cuoco.
HBO Max is set to launch in Spring 2020.