'Friends' could soon be disappearing from Netflix for good, warns media expert
Anyone who had the pleasure of growing up in the late nineties will be familiar with Friends. Renowned for its zany cast, as well as its nostalgia-inducing depiction of New York, the seminal sitcom still boasts a loyal fanbase, many of whom continue to revisit the 10 seasons 14 years after they originally wrapped.
One thing is for sure, however – this generation of Millennials will be even more perplexed by the fact that six friends in relatively low-paying jobs managed to afford such a spacious abode in one of the most expensive cities in the world. Luckily, Netflix now has all 10 seasons ready to stream, so we can relive all those improbabilities time and time again.
Or perhaps not. According to Deadline, Friends could be taken off the streaming service, despite it only being added at the beginning of this year.
Deadline reports that BTIG media analyst, Rich Greenfield, believes that the highly popular sitcom could soon be taken off Netflix in the wake of WarnerMedia's announcement of plans to launch a competing service.
This is also something that Disney will be doing with its own titles, as well as those under the Marvel and Star Wars universes.
"Content like Friends is likely to disappear from Netflix in 2019 as WarnerMedia launches its own SVOD service," Greenfield wrote in an analyst note released ahead of Netflix's earnings interview.
"As more content creators launch their own SVOD services, how should investors think about the impact of losing high-profile syndicated content?" he continued.
Peter Csathy, founder of digital media consultancy CreaTV Media says that the loss of Friends could be a "serious blow" for Netflix - and the same goes for any Disney Content.
"If all the 'Netflix Killers' out there band together and take back their franchises, that would be a serious blow to Netflix," he asserted.
"Kids and family viewing on Netflix represents a surprisingly high number, and kids watch franchise content over and over again. Netflix parents are happy to pay for that kind of babysitting so long as the content is there. If Disney princesses, Star Wars, Marvel, DC Comics, Pixar and other mega properties pull out of the Netflix universe, Netflix most certainly would feel that. "
Friends is one of the most popular, and highly rated sitcoms of all time - having first aired in 1994, and running for a total of 10 seasons. Parrot Analytics reports that Friends is the third most popular sitcom in America - just behind the Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine - despite the final season having wrapped over 14 years ago now.
If you've ever had the pleasure of having a television show taken off Netflix right before you could binge-watch the final season, you'll know how horrifying Friends' super fans will find this information.
For their sakes, we recommend the entirely healthy diet of holing up in bed with seasons 1-10, and not leaving until they're all finished.