Oh... My... God! Netflix pays 100 Million to keep Friends.

Musky_Cheese

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https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/04/business/media/netflix-friends.html

Netflix had announced they were going on a break from Friends starting in 2019. After hearing feedback from consumers, they decided to pay 100 Million to renew.

Previous price to stream the show... 30 Million.

Netflix message to their customers “I’ll be there for you. Cuz your there for me too”.
 

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I've only ever caught moments of it in passing.
I dont get the love for it. Maybe I'm just not white enough?
 
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This is a pretty smart move on Warner's part. They get this huge payout now, and then in 2020 they get a ton of publicly when they switch Friends over to their new streaming service.
 
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Is this show even worth keeping? I mean obviously it must do outstanding numbers for them to pay that. I’m surprised they don’t have a “random episode of friends” line in my Netflix.

But I just never found it funny or engaging. Not sure why people like this more then some other funnier sitcoms.
 
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Why isn't there a streaming service that says "you give us your show, we can cancel your contract at anytime after a year, we don't have exclusive streaming rights after a year, at that point you can still make money selling the rights elsewhere, but we can stream your show for as long as we want to, and you get paid only as people watch it."

Netflix movie selection is a joke compared to when I first got it, and there's no good reason to keep losing and regaining TV shows and movies. There has to be a better way to pay content holders and not have timed contracts to show their content.

Friends theme song band? Could you tell me why Netflix constantly pulls content you want to keep watching?

 
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It's a great show watched all of it over a few weeks a few months back coincidentally on Netflix.

I can see why they'd want to keep friends, apart from comedy central showing like 5 random episodes here and there, there's nowhere else to watch the entire series!
 
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Not surpised one bit. Friends is one of those evergreen shows that People keep watching like for ever.

And lol @people sad about Daredevil. It was a mediocre superhero show, and it propably was a 100% Disney decision, because you know Disney+ is a thing.

Who watches that shit?
Very literally millions and millions of people
 
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I've only ever caught moments of it in passing.
I dont get the love for it. Maybe I'm just not white enough?
I'm Latino as fuck and I love the show. Even more, it was HUGE in Mexico. You don't need to be white to enjoy a good show. ;)
 
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Aint going to lie, it was enjoyable when it was on. Watching reruns of it now makes me question my tastes as a teen, though. It is so corny.
They should get Two Guys, A Girl, and a Pizza place. Still corny, but a better show overall, AND you get both Ryan Reynolds and Nathan Fillion. Also a complete ripoff of Blister in the Sun for a theme song. What's not to like?
 
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They will have to renew as much as they can with disney leaving.

Also 100m for a old show rerun for a year lamo. The greed is real.
 
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I did rewatch most of it a while back but damn 100 mill is crazy for an old show.

Isn't Netflix running a huge debt too and hoping long term they will make money?

I wish they would get Park's and rec for canada
 
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The only explanation that makes sense to me is they got too emotionally invested in making a deal to keep it. I just cannot believe that Netflix customers, but and large, want this historic content that much to justify this cost. Great show, but come on that is a ridiculous amount if the goal is to keep the price in the 10-15 a month range.
 
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There's people in that article that say they only keep Netflix for Friends. They're dumb, just buy it digitally, would be cheaper than a Netflix subscription over time and you can rewatch it as much as you want.

More likely they're full of crap.

But whatever, as long as it doesn't impact my subscription price, doesn't bother me any.
 
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I didn't realize the $100M was for only one more year. That's fucking crazy. Though, Netflix spends like $8B per year on programming and recently gave Jerry Seinfeld $100M for his little coffee show and some standup. I guess maybe the entirety of Friends doesn't seem that crazy in comparison.
 
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Should have saved the money and went for Seinfeld. Isn't that one even more expensive? Remember seeing something about that a year or two ago and was the driving factor for no streaming sites having it.

Crazy but understandable. Show is insanely popular. Wife and I rewatched all that last year I think.

Curious what the cast gets for royalties. I know it's probably more than you truly need in a lifetime.
 
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i figured it was $30 million for a period of time, only to find out it was $30 million per year, now its $80-$100 million per year that's nuts.
then in 2020 it won't even be exclusive to netflix.
 
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The show isn't that good but it's one of the best time wasting shows with high replayability in existence hence its popularity. You don't watch Friends to focus on it, you watch it when you want something in the backround or when you're tired and want to watch something simple and familiar to shuit your brain down. I understand why Netflix thought it's a good decision to spend all that money, shows like that might not have the best quality but they're kind of unique in a way.