Friends is leaving Netflix in January 2019


The day Friends fans feared is coming: the beloved sitcom is leaving Netflix on January 1.

On Sunday, viewers of the beloved series noticed an unwelcome addition to the show's page on Netflix - an "available until" date. That means fans have only a few more weeks - until New Year's Eve at 11:59pm, to be precise - to binge-watch all 236 episodes of Friends before it's yanked from Netflix's catalogue of shows.

As THR notes, Friends made its streaming debut back in 2015 with its arrival on Netflix, to much fanfare.

The idea that Friends would leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's new streaming service, meanwhile, is of course not a radical idea either.

However, the future of Friends on Netflix is still uncertain. According to the site, Friends will only remain on Netflix until January 1, 2019.

It comes as Netflix also looks set to lose Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC titles amid the increasingly competitive on-demand market.

It was predicted in October that the media giant would be losing the 10-season show - which originally aired from 1994 to 2004 - as well as other content in the coming months as new streaming services prepare to compete in the market. WarnerMedia, the company that owns Friends, is developing its own streaming service and wants Friends for itself because it's an incredibly valuable property; by one estimate, it's still the third-most popular comedy in America, nearly fifteen years after it went off the air. Separately, Disney is ending its film-output deal with Netflix, starting with 2019 releases, as it gears up to launch Disney+ later next year. If you want to watch the show one more time on Netflix, you better start soon.