PHOENIX – This is devastating news for all Netflix watchers nationwide. Our favorite gang will be drinking it’s last Central Perk coffee on Netflix in 2019. Starting in 2020, the series will move to WarnerMedia’s new streaming service, HBO Max.
Netflix confirmed the news in a tweet:
According to an announcement by WarnerMedia, HBO Max will combine entertainment from multiple programs such as HBO, Warner Bros., CNN, The CW, Cartoon Network, DC Entertainment, and more.
Examples of confirmed shows to be run on the service are all 236 episodes of Friends, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, The CW’s new Batwoman and Katy Keene series, and new movies and shows starring Reese Witherspoon and Anna Kendrick.
Netflix fought to keep Friends on their service through the year 2019. According to Vulture, the company paid about $80 million in order to do this. This is another huge loss for the company after it announced their most-streamed show, The Office, will also be leaving the service and will be available on NBCUniversal’s very own streaming service.
HBO Max will compete with many other sources of streaming such as Netflix, Hulu and the upcoming Disney+.
The launch of WarnerMedia’s new service is predicted to launch in the spring of 2020 with 10,000 hours of content.