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Forums - General Discussion - ‘Friends’ to Leave Netflix for WarnerMedia’s HBO Max Streaming Service in 2020

Get ready to make “Friends” with HBO Max: That’s the name of WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer streaming service, set to launch in the spring of 2020 with some 10,000 hours of content, including all episodes of ’90s hit “Friends.”

However, WarnerMedia still hasn’t announced pricing for the service, which will compete with Netflix, Hulu, and Disney Plus, among others.

Under a new deal with Warner Bros. Television, HBO Max will have exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of “Friends” — which will roll off Netflix in 2020. “We’re sorry to see ‘Friends’ go to Warner’s steaming service at the beginning of 2020 (in the US),” Netflix tweeted after WarnerMedia’s announcement. “Thanks for the memories, gang.”

Netflix had reupped its deal with Warner Bros. TV for exclusive streaming rights to “Friends” through the end of 2019, but AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson recently said that WarnerMedia would be reclaiming popular titles that were licensed to others for its own subscription VOD service.

WarnerMedia also announced new exclusive movie production deals for HBO Max with Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon. Under the pacts, Berlanti will produce an initial four movies in the young-adult genre, while Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine will produce at least two films for the service.

In addition, HBO Max will include all episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” starring Will Smith and “Pretty Little Liars,” the ABC Family/Freeform hit — which also will be leaving Netflix.

Moreover, HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home new Warner Bros.-produced dramas for The CW starting with the fall 2019 season, including the DC Entertainment series “Batwoman,” and “Katy Keene” (a spinoff of “Riverdale”). CW shows going forward will be available on HBO Max beginning 30 days prior to the TV premiere of the next seasons of those shows. CW shows currently licensed to Netflix, which include “Riverdale,” “The Flash” and “Arrow,” will remain on Netflix for the next few years.

Overall, HBO Max will combine content from HBO with a slate of originals and programming from Warner Bros., New Line, DC Entertainment, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. In its announcement, WarnerMedia highlighted some of the content coming to HBO Max, including previously announced originals.

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Everyone wants a piece of the Streaming industry, and ironically, that is what may destroy it.

I'm not liking the direction things are going in the streaming business.

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Is a 90s show really that big a draw for streaming services? O_o

Oh well, doesn't impact me anyways, I don't watch shows via streaming or TV, but it does sound like it's going the same way as subscription services in gaming, where every publishers wants to have one.

Good thing I just got in a full rewatch. Sure as heck am not subscribing to yet another streaming service.

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All these competing services will lead to customer confusion and frustration. Eventually some will have to merge. If only there was a way for people to subscribe to a single service but still be able to view content from multiple providers, or channels if you will.

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It's gonna get to the point where I will o ly up for a months subscription to individual ones when a shows new season comes out that I like. I've got access to Prime and Netflix, but will be doing Disney+ in the near future. I will not do these either new ones and may end up quitting Netflix accept for when stranger things 4 comes out.

As a hardcore fan of Amazon, this pleases me. I love to say that people who use Netflix have no friends, and now it's actually true.

Legend11 correctly predicted that GTA IV (360+PS3) would outsell SSBB. I was wrong.

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Glad I already binge watched it all when it first came out on Netflix.

In the end, 2 or 3 of them will remain alive.