The idea that Friends would leave Netflix for WarnerMedia's new streaming service, meanwhile, is of course not a radical idea either.
A recent report by Deadline suggested that Friends would disappear from the on-demand platform before re-emerging on WarnerMedia's upcoming streaming service launching later in 2019.
UPDATE 6:10 P.M. ET: The official Netflix Twitter account has confirmed that Friends will continue to reside on the streaming side through the rest of 2019."The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: "Friends" will still be there for you in the USA throughout 2019", Netflix wrote.
Protesting to keep Friends on Netflix is futile, because Friends' exit is a cold, hard business decision. The mega-popular sitcom achieved new life on the streaming service, tapping into old fans' nostalgia and gaining a wave of new, young Gen Z fans who were *gasp* born after it aired. But it came with a lofty price tag: Netflix shelled out $118 million (pennies for the service today) for the streaming rights and to digitally remaster every single episode for HD streaming capabilities.
It comes as Netflix also looks set to lose Disney/Marvel and Warner Bros./DC titles amid the increasingly competitive on-demand market. While we don't have a full idea yet what its inventory of titles will consist of, WarnerMedia chief John Stankey has said the service will arrive in the fourth quarter next year and offer consumers three tiers. One of the main reasons Netflix produces so much original content is to have a robust enough library that users won't cancel their subscriptions when stuff like Friends leaves.