American fans looking to get their “Friends” fix on Netflix in the United States are soon going to have to look elsewhere.
Warner Media Entertainment announced the beloved sitcom is moving from Netflix U.S. to HBO Max in the United States in 2020, Warner Media’s new streaming service. Netflix has long-owned the streaming rights to “Friends” but HBO Max recently outbid their competition.
Warner Media paid $85 million per year for five years ($425 million total) to land “Friends” on their HBO Max service, per The Hollywood Reporter.
HBO Max will host 10,000 of content upon its launch in Spring 2020. Alongside “Friends”, the new streaming service will also host “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” as well as “Pretty Little Liars”, plus it will have The CW’s suite of shows once The CW’s existing contracts with Netflix expire.
“Friends” has been a huge investment for Netflix, with the series regularly ranking amongst their most viewed shows. The U.S. Twitter account for Netflix expressed their disappointment in losing rights to the show.
Meanwhile, Canadian fans can continue to watch “Friends” at their leisure on Netflix in Canada. A source told ET Canada that the “move to HBO Max only impacts the U.S., deals Netflix has on ‘Friends’ in other countries remain unchanged.”