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Removal of The Office and Friends from Netflix

Updated: Dec 12, 2019

By Jenna Ruthven

Attention all Schrute supporters and Friends fanatics. The time has arrived. We’ve dreaded this moment since these shows were first introduced on our favorite streaming service. Netflix released a statement on June 25th revealing that NBC will be taking The Office back for its own where viewers can watch it exclusively through their channel. Then, to make matters worse, a statement titled “The One Where We Have to Say Goodbye” was posted on July 9th explaining that Warner’s streaming service will be claiming Friends at the beginning of 2020 (in the U.S.).

Despite all this, we can still thank Netflix for spending $100 million dollars to keep their hands tight on Friends until the end of 2019. This is quite a sacrifice compared to the $30 million they were paying previously. Fortunately, we still have The Office to last us until January 2021, even though when the departure finally arrives, Netflix may see a substantial decline of subscribers due to the heart-breaking farewell of a very popular show. With the upcoming launch of Disney+, Netflix may be facing bigger problems as they race to create original content to compensate for the big titles they’ll be losing to the potentially new streaming giant. The varying ages of the audience will greatly affect who comes out on top and the announcement of these upcoming removals could put Netflix at a great disadvantage. Don’t fret long about this news though, Netflix has your back with the newest releases and binge-worthy series. Is it time to test your tolerance of gore with The Walking Dead ,or satisfy your interest in 1980 sci-fi with Stranger Things?



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