After news that our favorite sitcom, Friends, would stop streaming in Netflix started circling around, fans couldn’t help but stress over the fact. When fans saw the expiration date on the site, set for January 1st, the world was taken by storm. I mean… it’s Friends. The jokes that, although they were filmed years back, are still relevant to this day, and will surely continue to be years after.
However, Netflix’s 130M subscribers will be content after hearing the latest news. Guess what? You guys can proceed watching Friends even during the holidays, as you might have originally planned. And… even after the holidays.
But this whole scenario change came with quite the price. Reportedly, Netflix had been paying the owners WarnerMedia $30M a year ever since 2005 for licensing the very much loved sitcom. However, the price has now experienced an increase, more specifically, according to NY Times, the price will reach up to $100M.
Happy kids? Yes, me too.
On Monday, Netflix posted an announcement on Twitter, saying:
The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: “Friends” will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019.
Friends will also start streaming on AT&T’s new site and it’s currently airing on TBS. The sitcom first released back in 1994 up until 2004, with a number of 10 glorious seasons.
It follows the story of six friends on their 20s, who try to balance work, life, and love in Manhattan of the 1990s.
The creators, David Crane, and Marta Kauffman spoke to THR Magazine back in the year 2016, claiming they finished the show how they wanted to finish it, and that a reunion ‘will never happen’. Crane said:
To revisit those characters just seems like a bad idea – you don’t want to see them hanging out in the coffeehouse now. And the good news is, you can see them whenever you want to. The show lives on with amazing vitality.
They proceeded to admit that the show is “about a time in your life when your friends are your family. Once you start having a family, that time of your life is over.”
Happy fans? Yes.
Although a reunion will never happen, at least the show will continue streaming in Netflix throughout 2019 as well, so we’ll be happy about that, for now.