Netflix will continue streaming hit series ‘Friends’, at least for another year as the makers have extended the running time of the show owing to public appeal. It was earlier announced that the show will go off-air after 2018 which made Twitterati go berserk and plead the makers to keep it running.
Post-2019, the comedy show will move to WarnerMedia's streaming platform in 2020 as the new service is expected to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019.
The news of ‘Friends’ leaving Netflix, saw its fans posting on Twitter which led to Netflix's chief content officer Ted Sarandos telling that the show's "departure is a rumour." Even the expiration date mentioned on the bio of the series was discreetly removed.
Meanwhile, Warner Media’s AT&T-owned division's CEO John Stankey said in an interview that the streaming service is set to launch in the fourth quarter of 2019 and will feature three tiers: an entry-level starter movie package, a premium service with original programming and blockbuster movies and a third offering that would feature content from the first two packages, library content from WarnerMedia and more from third parties.
Apart from WarnerMedia, Disney is also set to launch its own streaming platform Disney+, which would lead to a number of Disney films leaving Netflix.
Netflix has also cancelled three of it's Marvel series — Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Daredevil — in recent weeks, ahead of the Disney+ launch.
The streamer and producers Warner Bros. TV have extended the deal for the series through 2019.