As of January 1 this year, Friends can no longer be streamed on Netflix. The hit NBC sitcom was available to watch on the streaming platform for four years since it landed back in 2015.
Fans will have to wait for a while until it reappears on Warner Bros.’ streaming service in May. The upcoming HBO Max will be the sitcom’s new home from then on.
Friends leaving Netflix became a trending topic on Twitter prior to its departure on New Year’s Day. The streaming giant closed a USD100 million deal to extend the show’s availability through the end of 2019. The deal was made after WarnerMedia bagged streaming rights to the hit comedy series for USD425 million.
But May is a long wait for someone who just can’t wait to get their fix. Until then, fans will only be able to watch the show via DVD or cable reruns. Audiences will have to pay for a USD15 subscription to HBO Max to get any time streaming access to the show.
The good news is, HBO Max does have some pretty bomb shows up its sleeve. WarnerMedia cashed out big to get “The Big Bang Theory”. In addition to that, HBO series will be available for streaming in the platform including “Game of Thrones.”
On the other hand, there’s more bad news ahead for Netflix subscribers. “The Office” will echo the future of Friends on the platform with its exit set on January 1, 2021. So go on and binge watch while you still can.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.