For all Friends fans who have planned a frenzy in the near future, they should be prepared to shell out money if they want access to the ten seasons of the beloved sitcom of the 1990s. The friends will be officially withdrawn from Netflix just after the ball fell in Times Square, and fans won’t be able to find the sitcom on any other streaming platform until May.
Friends has been a fixture on Netflix since 2015, as it is one of the most watched shows on the platform. But, earlier this year, WarnerMedia announced that they had purchased the rights to all 236 episodes of the classic NBC sitcom, and it will be part of their new streaming platform, HBO Max, which will launch in May.
My mom knew how upset I was about friends leaving Netflix. A QUEEN. pic.twitter.com/wK6bVmkeKB
– k i r b y (@mommatotwo_) December 25, 2019
This means that for the next four months, anyone who wants to watch an episode of Friends with Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc and David Schwimmer will have to rent or buy individual episodes or seasons at digital retailers. like YouTube, Amazon and iTunes. However, it can cost very quickly.
Individual episodes on YouTube and Amazon cost $ 1.99, or fans can purchase an entire season for $ 19.99. Of course, the series has ten seasons, which means it would cost $ 200 for anyone who wanted to binge the whole series. The entire collection is a little more affordable on iTunes, at $ 140.
The most affordable option for fans who want to access the entire series before May is a complete DVD box set from Amazon which is available for $ 74.19 plus shipping.
How 2020 is supposed to be my year when @netflix deletes friends ???? my favorite show never … nobody talks to me pic.twitter.com/9glt2u1m1r
– Michelle G. ???? (@__bebecitaa) December 31, 2019
According to People magazine, TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly told reporters of the Television Critics Association earlier this year that even though fans may not be thrilled that friends are switching from Netflix to HBO Max, it was inevitable for WarnerMedia to create a plan for all of their large properties on their own streaming platform.
“I think you can expect Warner’s crown jewels to end up on our new service. Remove it (from Netflix)? It is certainly something that we are ready to do, ”said Reilly. “I think, for the most part, sharing destination assets like this is not a good model to share – my belief is that they should be exclusive.”
HBO Max arrives in May 2020, and the platform will be available to subscribers for $ 14.99 per month.