Netflix has resigned hit 90s sitcom Friends. The exploits of Joey, Monica, Rachel, Chandler, Ross, Rachel and Phoebe will be available to stream on Netflix for at least another year, the service has announced.
But it comes at a cost. According to two people familiar with the deal, Netflix reportedly paid $100 million for the rights to the series. That’s a huge increase on the $30 million the service paid last year to stream the show.
Rumours abounded that Netflix and Friends would part ways once an expiry date of 1st January 2019 was spotted on the Friends listing. But Netflix dispelled that rumour this week.
It tweeted: “The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: Friends will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019.” This referenced the episode where Ross dressed up as an armadillo in an attempt to explain Hanukkah to his son Ben.
The deal doesn’t apply to UK Netflix. In the UK, Friends is available on Comedy Central.