‘Friends’: When Will the Show Be Available on HBO Max?
Friends is a very popular TV show so it’s no surprise that multiple platforms would fight to have streaming rights to it. Netflix has lost exclusive streaming rights to the comedy and it will take some time for the show to be available to stream again.
When will it be available on HBO Max? And are there plans for more Friends content to be on the new platform? Here is everything to need to know.
‘Friends’ is no longer on Netflix
Friends was one of the most popular shows on Netflix. Eventually, this made headlines with how much money the company was willing to dish out to keep streaming rights to it.
Netflix reportedly paid $118 million for the entire catalog of the show. That deal also included remastering and exclusive streaming rights. Fans were able to watch some “lost episodes” like when Joey (Matt LeBlanc) and Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) kiss.
Friends left the platform on Dec. 31, 2019. Many fans will have to resort to watching reruns on cable or DVDs until it’s available to stream again.
Fans are already sharing their disappointment over this change on social media.
There might be a ‘Friends’ reunion on HBO Max in the works
The cast has reunited a few times since the show has ended. They might be getting together again for a HBO Max reunion.
There is reportedly a plan for an “unscripted reunion special” with all six actors and series creators, David Crane and Marta Kauffman. The Hollywood Reporter claimed a deal wasn’t officially done and agreements with all of the participants still needed to be finalized. Robert Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment later talked about this report.
“I got [the cast] to do the James Burrows tribute special when I was at NBC. And all I will say is, ‘We’re talking about it.’ We’ve been drilling down on what it could be and trying to see if everybody’s really on board and interested. And if so, can we make the right deals for everybody. We’re starting it as a special,” he told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s possible there could be something ongoing, but it would be in steps. We’re far from that.”
We know that the cast members have reunited. Aniston posted a picture with David Schwimmer, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, and LeBlanc on Instagram. She captioned it with, “And now we’re Instagram FRIENDS too. Hi INSTAGRAM.”
It will be available to stream starting May 2020
Netflix might have lost Friends, but WarnerMedia’s HBO Max signed a five-year deal for streaming rights of the sitcom. This deal is estimated to be worth $425 million.
The show will be on the new streaming platform when it debuts in May 2020. Customers can use the service for $14.99 per month, according to Variety.
There will be more familiar shows on the platform including The Bachelor, Big Bang Theory, Doctor Who, Gossip Girl, West Wing and more. HBO original shows and movies will be available as well.