‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Streaming Service in 2020

Bessie Dean
July 10, 2019

"Friends" is leaving Netflix by spring 2020 as WarnerMedia launches its new streaming service called HBO Max, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Get ready to make "Friends" with HBO Max: That's the name of WarnerMedia " s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, set to launch in the spring of 2020 with some 10,000 hours of content, including all episodes of "90s hit "Friends".

Max, WarnerMedia's newly announced streaming platform, will be the exclusive home for many of your old faves and a few shows that are likely to be your new obsession. Friends and Pretty Little Liars are now available on Netflix, so they'll both leave that service by the time HBO Max launches. "Thanks for the memories, gang".

Additionally, Greg Berlanti has inked a deal to deliver "four movies focused in the young adult space", while Reese Witherspoon will produce at least two films for the streamer.

So no one told you Netflix was gonna be this way: Friends will no longer be there for subscribers to the streaming service next year. Like just about every media company, AT&T's (NYSE: T) WarnerMedia subsidiary has been working on developing a new direct-to-consumer video-streaming service as the streaming wars intensify.

The AT&T-owned media company talked up its then-unnamed service during its upfront presentation in May.

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In addition to aggregating films under the WarnerMedia umbrella (watch for flyby teases of Wonder Woman, The Lord of the the Rings, and more), the service also is promising exclusively-created content that can't be found elsewhere in the form of "Max Originals" - essentially WarnerMedia's answer to competing platform tentpoles like Netflix's Stranger Things or Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale. (Currently, you can stream all that by paying $15 a month for HBO Now.) But WarnerMedia is hoping to sweeten the pot even further by making HBO Max the only place where you'll find all 236 episodes of Friends available to stream.

The iconic '90s NBC sitcom will be removed from the streaming service at the beginning of 2020.

Greenblatt will try to lure new customers to HBO Max with new original series and movies exclusive to the service.

Max will also be the exclusive streaming home of CW's upcoming series Batwoman and Riverdale spin-off Katy Keene.

This new development raises more questions about the future of the streaming services industry. Max will be a distinct offering.

The news comes shortly after Warner Bros. named Ann Sarnoff as its new CEO, following Kevin Tsujihara's departure in March.

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