The original post is below. As of 2015, the show was bringing in $1 billion every year from syndication, with stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matt LeBlanc, Lisa Kudrow, David Schwimmer, and Matthew Perry making $20 million a year from that based on their 2 percent share of syndication revenue, according to USA Today.
Later, a Netflix exec said it was just a rumor. The expiration date may have had to do with contractual negotiations. The show's listing on Netflix indicated that the show would leave the service as of January 1. After fans went insane (and even started a petition to keep the show on the platform), Netflix made everyone's Christmas wish come true, courtesy of a Ross Geller meme.
Granted, Disney can afford to cling more devoutly to exclusivity, given how many beloved brands it has under its umbrella, and how faithfully they all adhere to the same family-friendly category.
Anyway, you have until January 1st to rewatch any Friends episodes on Netflix before the show makes its PIVOT to points unknown. The untitled streaming platform is pegged to launch at the end of 2019. The mega-popular sitcom achieved new life on the streaming service, tapping into old fans' nostalgia and gaining a wave of new, young Gen Z fans who were *gasp* born after it aired. Indeed, while Netflix's renewal of the license allows them to keep Friends in their library at least through the end of 2019, exclusivity is not guaranteed for the length of the deal.
It's one more example of the battle over content as more services enter the streaming war.
So get your last binge of all ten seasons of Friends in now, because we don't know when it will be back.