Netflix confirms ‘Friends’ will stay on the service through 2019

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The Holiday Armadillo has granted Canadians the greatest wish of all: Friends will still be there for you until 2020.

The wildly popular sitcom Friends won't be leaving Netflix just yet. Granted, that fee will diminish once the show isn't exclusive to the platform, but WarnerMedia clearly doesn't want to give up a significant revenue stream from Netflix.

"No, it's not leaving in January", Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, told NBC News. The commotion began over the weekend when fans began to notice that the incredibly popular show would only be available through this year, leading to an outcry on social media.

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Netflix later confirmed the show will be on Netflix through 2019.

The appearance of the expiration date is what set everyone off, but as THR explains: "Expiration dates appearing and disappearing may be a function of the streaming service's contracts expiring and possible renegotiations taking place".

Netflix spent an estimated $8 billion on content this year in an effort to have 1,000 original shows and movies on the service.

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Fans had been preparing to lose all ten seasons when, over the weekend, the Netflix page for "Friends" began warning users that the show would disappear from January 1, 2019. The video streaming company said it would retain the long-running sitcom for users in the United States - at least through 2019.

Losing Friends will be a big blow for Netflix as the comedy is the third most popular sitcom in the U.S. behind The Big Bang Theory and Brooklyn Nine-Nine.

While the battle might have been won, the next one might be far more hard to fight.

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