'Friends' Will Be There for You on Netflix After All

'Friends' Will Be There for You on Netflix After All

'Friends' Will Be There for You on Netflix After All

But after an internet uproar over the possibility of "Friends" leaving Netflix at the end of 2018, the streaming platform has chose to extend its streaming contract for another year.

This is good news for fans who've been enjoying the show on Netflix, and experienced a massive freakout when they saw an onscreen message proclaiming the show would only be available to stream until January 1, 2019.

Netflix tweeted a screenshot from the show with the message: "The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: "Friends" will still be there for you in the USA throughout 2019".

Whatever the cost, the news that Friends is remaining on Netflix had Twitter users rejoicing.

Speaking at the UBS media conference, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson further explained that the deal for the Warner Bros. title is not exclusive, meaning that Friends is also likely to go on AT&T's Warner-branded streamer.

UPDATE 3:45 P.M. ET: Looks like Friends isn't leaving Netflix on January 1 after all.

TL;DR WarnersMedia and Disney are expected to pull their content from Netflix by the end of 2019.

In the last few years, Netflix has been releasing more "Netflix Originals", cancelling shows they aren't producing in-house and ending big contracts with companies who own the rights to all the best shows and movies available in the Netflix library.

If Netflix and WarnerMedia agree to co-distribute Friends after 2019, it could end up being beneficial to both parties.

Later, a Netflix exec said it was just a rumor. That leaves Netflix with more money for other things, like creating weird marketing campaigns for Stranger Things. Netflix paid $100 million to keep Friends on, but only for another year. And now we know it's sticking around for more time. "In November, speaking at the Wall Street Journal's Tech D.Live conference, he said, "'[W] hen you have premium content, distribution is everything. "And broad and wide distribution is something I feel very strongly about".

There won't be a break from "Friends" on Netflix after all.

Well, we wouldn't want that would we?

Note: This article has been updated to reflect new information from The New York Times.

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