Netflix has lost another of its most popular shows to a rival streaming service, with “Friends” headed to WarnerMedia’s new direct-to-consumer service in 2020.
WarnerMedia and Netflix both announced the news, which comes just a few weeks after news broke that Netflix was losing another of its most successful shows, “The Office.”
WarnerMedia also unveiled other details about its new service, including the name: HBO Max.
“Anchored with and inspired by the legacy of HBO’s excellence and award-winning storytelling, the new service will be ‘Maximized’ with an extensive collection of exclusive original programming (Max Originals) and the best-of-the-best from WarnerMedia’s enormous portfolio of beloved brands and libraries,” WarnerMedia said.
The announcement noted that HBO Max, scheduled to launch commercially in the spring of 2020, is expected to premiere with 10,000 hours of premium content.
Along with exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of “Friends,” WarnerMedia announced that HBO Max will launch with all episodes of fan favorites “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” and “Pretty Little Liars.” In addition, it will be the exclusive streaming home to a string of new Warner Bros.-produced dramas for the CW beginning with the fall 2019 season, including the new DC Entertainment series “Batwoman” and the “Riverdale” spinoff “Katy Keene.”
The service also has exclusive production deals with Greg Berlanti, Reese Witherspoon and others.
Click here for additional programming and details in today’s full announcement from WarnerMedia.