Popular American sitcom, Friends is leaving Netflix, finally, after a lot of resistance from the streaming service. WarnerMedia, the company that owns the distribution rights of the evergreen sitcom, has announced that the show will be streaming exclusively on the new HBO Max streaming service. HBO Max will hit the virtual shelves next spring.
Not an easy exit for Friends
It wasn’t easy to get Friends off Netflix because the streaming giant just wouldn’t let that happen. Reports surfaced in December 2018 that the rights to ‘F.R.I.E.N.D.S’ will be over for Netflix at the beginning of this year. But later on, Netflix extended its rights by another year and a whopping $100 million for the show. (doesn’t seem like a good move now, does it?)
One of the most-watched TV shows of all time
Many recent reports suggest that Friends is one of the most-watched shows of all time. The story of these six friends from New York who are seemingly normal but absolutely hilarious has, over the years, touched the hearts of so many. People re-watch it over and over again because, come on, it is the easiest show to watch, isn’t it? The popular sitcom has such relatable characters and real-life predicaments, that we can’t help but love it.
The fight for the best streaming service is on!
Just like it happened with digital cable services a few years ago, streaming services too are entering the realm of cut-throat competition. So many different service providers have come up and are exploring different shows and movies to cater to as wide an audience as possible. Amidst all of this, Netflix is losing momentum at a fast pace, and the early mover’s advantage it had, seems to be vanishing. Already having lost NBC’s ‘The Office’, in June 2018, losing Friends is certainly not good news for them. The rights to these epic shows would mean a lot in the online streaming space. It is safe to say that just by adding these two shows to their arsenal, HBO Max has the audience’s eyes set on it. The word is out, the show is in, let us see what happens next spring.