Friends will be no more on Netflix in America, but it should still be available to stream in the UK. Here’s everything you need to know.
Netflix has been very good to us lately. Jennifer Aniston sparked joy in an otherwise lackluster summer with Agatha Christie-inspired comedy, Murder Mystery. Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman and Ariana Grande have been signed up for Ryan Murphy’s upcoming musical series, The Prom. And season four of our beloved Queer Eye will be available to stream from Friday 19 July.
But the streaming service delivered a blow to our Netflix and chill needs earlier this week by announcing that it will no longer be streaming Friends from 2020.
However, after much fan frustration, the UK leg of the company has now tweeted saying that the 90s sitcom will only be leaving Netflix’s US version.
Let’s unravel this some more and see what’s going on…
It was announced this week that Friends will be moving to a new home at Warner Media’s new streaming service, HBO Max. This means that fans will have to sign up and pay for it, and the pricing hasn’t yet been revealed.
“We’re sorry to see Friends go to Warner’s steaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in the US),” Netflix tweeted after Warner Media made their announcement. “Thanks for the memories, gang.”
As you’ll notice, the mentioned end date of the show’s run is only applicable to the US. This means that it could stop streaming on Netflix in the UK earlier, later or not at all.
In Netflix UK & Ireland’s reply to journalist Scott Bryan’s tweet, it looks like Friends will actually still be available to stream for the foreseeable future.
“@NetflixUK is Friends staying on in the UK?” he asked.
“Yep, no change for now. It’s US only.” they replied.
Although this isn’t an official confirmation, it sounds like our Friends will still be there for us for a while longer.
But this hasn’s stopped fans from going into meltdown over the news, and may took to Twitter to voice their anguish.
One person did some helpful maths for fans everywhere, working out that we can watch every series over five times by 2020 by watching seven episodes a night (which we all know is very easily done).
Another hoped this was just another Rachel and Ross style break.
And a third fan made a valid point about the amount of streaming services we feel compelled to sign up to and pay money for.
If Netflix UK & Ireland does lose Friends, it’s worth noting that Channel Five seem to play episodes all the time anyway. This just means you’re unable to pick your favourite ones to watch on repeat.
Basically, this is just another excuse to get through another binge session on a quiet weekend afternoon.
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