Friends is NOT leaving Netflix in the UK

Carla Harmon
July 13, 2019

The new HBO platform is expected to premiere in the spring with 10,000 hours of premium content, including all 236 episodes of "Friends", WarnerMedia announced in a press release Tuesday. Several other shows like "Riverdale", "Flash" and "Dynasty", maybe on Netflix for many, many years to come.

WarnerMedia has chosen the name HBO Max for its upcoming streaming service. When it comes to options in online streaming, they're only set to increase with Disney+, Netflix, Amazon Prime and now, HBO Max. If the series is indeed the second most-watched show on the Netflix, as Nielsen indicates, then that marks a win for the streaming service.

WarnerMedia said on July 9 that its forthcoming video-streaming service launching in spring 2020 will be called HBO Max, and will carry exclusive content including the hit TV series "Friends". "Thanks for the memories, gang ☕", Netflix tweeted.

Programming from HBO will also be offered, with the premium United States cablenet's forthcoming slate including shows such as Stephen King's The Outsider, as well as series from sibling networks such as TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt said HBO Max would feature original programming, 'exciting acquisitions, and the very best of the Warner Bros. libraries, starting with the phenomenon that is Friends'.

Max hasn't launched yet, but here's what we know so far about what to expect.

Other big gets for the new platform are "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" and "Pretty Little Liars". TV for exclusive streaming rights to "Friends", Warner Media is now reclaiming popular content which was licensed to others for its own subscription service.

HBO Max will not only have these and HBO shows, but also Turner Classic Movies, Looney Tunes, anime service Crunchyroll, Adult Swim and more, including programming from Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment.

It has already ordered a raft of original series, including an adaptation based around Frank Herbert's novel Dune, true-life drama Tokyo Vice, and romantic comedy Love Life starring Anna Kendrick.

The Flight Attendant, a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti.

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