Friends officially leaving Netflix on January 1

Friends officially leaving Netflix on January 1

Netflix is reportedly spending a ton of money to keep all seasons of Friends on the streaming service in 2019!

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.

Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, shared the details at UBS's 2018 Global Media and Communications Conference in NY, detailing that Kurt Russell, who plays Santa Claus in the film, has "never had as many people see one of his movies in the first week ever". Netflix, after all, pays a hefty sum for the licensing rights to Friends, which is a top performer on the service. Netflix is dealing with some serious backlash after they announced that the 90's sitcom that follows a group of friends living their lives will be pulled from the platform in January. However, it is unclear how much longer the TV series will remain on Netflix.

Netflix later confirmed the show will be on Netflix through 2019. It turns out, however, that the situation is more complex than it seems, with the question of who gets to stream Friends giving way to a larger conversation about the upcoming streaming wars.

Netflix's content boss, Ted Sarandos, said Monday that "The Christmas Chronicles", starring Kurt Russell, had 20 million views in its first week.

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Eventually, Friends will probably leave Netflix.

Still not convinced that Friends may be staying on Netflix past 2019? "And broad and wide distribution is something I feel very strongly about".

Protesting to keep Friends on Netflix is futile, because Friends' exit is a cold, hard business decision.

"[Friends is] content that we would definitely want on our platform, and it is obviously very important to Netflix as well".

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

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