Published: Wed, July 10, 2019

Friends Is Officially Leaving Netflix for HBO Max

Friends Is Officially Leaving Netflix for HBO Max

Like a giant pigeon crapping on our hearts, it was announced on Tuesday that Friends will officially be leaving Netflix to exclusively stream on WarnerMedia's new streaming service, HBO Max.

Let's start with a positive from Tuesday's news regarding AT&T's WarnerMedia picking a name for its new streaming service that will be the exclusive home starting early next year for NBC's hit sitcom Friends, which now streams on Netflix. "Thanks for the memories, gang", Netflix tweeted.

However, most of the Max Originals (as they're being called) are focused more on adults and young adults, including two films from Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine studio and four YA movies from Greg Berlanti. It also puts WarnerMedia in position to play in a premium SVoD market that is dominated today by companies such as Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, with new OTT services already in the works from Apple, Disney and NBCUniversal.

HBO Max does not have an official price or launch date yet.

The announcement indicates parent company AT&T will offer a single streaming product, expanding on its existing HBO service, rather than a separate service with content from its newly acquired Time Warner and Turner television operations.

WarnerMedia also announced a few major upcoming additions to the service on Tuesday. Max will debut in the spring of 2020 and include exclusives that will no longer be available on other streaming platforms.

Back in December 2018, it was rumored that the '90s series would stop streaming on January 1, 2019, but Netflix quickly stepped in to soothe anxious subscribers.

The Wall Street Journal reported in June that WarnerMedia planned to charge between $16-$17 per month for the service, compared to the $15 per month that HBO's standalone streaming subscription costs now. It's not that original, as far as streaming service names go, but it gets the point across.

"HBO Max will bring together the diverse riches of WarnerMedia to create programming and user experiences not seen before in a streaming platform", Bob Greenblatt, chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment and Direct-To-Consumer, said in a statement. I literally have Netflix for Friends. HBO Max originals include "Dune: The Sisterhood", from director Denis Villeneuve; "Tokyo Vice;" "The Flight Attendant", which will star Kaley Cuoco; "Love Life", starring Anna Kendrick; and "Gremlins", an animated series from Warner Bros.

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