Forget Where in the World is Carmen San Diego?, the internet’s newest craze if Where in the Worlds is Friends Streaming? Because, apparently, it’s not where we thought. Back in December, I reported on the Netflix payout to extend its Friends deal with the gasp-inducing price tag of $100M. Now, just eight months later, I am reporting that HBO has landed the exclusive streaming deal for Friends to the tune of $425M or $85M a year for five years. WarnerMedia will launch HBO Max in 2020. Not only is this where we will find our Friends, but also Fresh Prince of Bel Air, Pretty Little Liars, Batwoman and the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, as well as the whole library of HBO series and movies.
It’s official: Friends is moving from Netflix to WarnerMedia’s streaming service, now officially called HBO Max.
HBO Max will also be the new streaming home for all fare from The CW (which was previously housed at Netflix), as well as original feature films from prolific producer Greg Berlanti and Reese Witherspoon. HBO Max is set to launch in spring 2020 and will debut with 10,000 hours of premium content. Sources say WarnerMedia paid $85 million …read more