Fans of Friends in the United States are having a meltdown after the show is no longer available to stream on Netflix .
The 1990s sitcom, which had been available on Netflix since Jan. 1, 2015, will disappear into the streaming ether until May, when Friends will be available domestically exclusively on WarnerMedia’s new HBO Max service.
According to reports, this will be a five-year deal estimated to be worth $425 million.
WarnerMedia is believed to have previously paid a combined $1.5 billion for The Big Bang Theory and Two And A Half Men.
Netflix, is widely credited with introducing the sitcom to a new generation, making sure the obsession continues almost 30 years later.
Friends was so popular – second only to The Office – that Netflix reportedly paid another $100 million in 2018 to keep the rights for another year.
Summer is on its way, shout it from the rooftops! Well, four rooftops in particular: the Bussey Building (Peckham), Roof East (Statford) The Queen of Hoxton (Shoreditch) and Kensington Roof Gardens, who have just been announced as participating venues for the summer 2017 series of Rooftop Film Club.
As we trade our underground cinemas for the sky-high, al fresco variety, some things never change – predominantly boxes of popcorn and an action-packed programme of cult classics and recent releases. It’s lights, camera, action (literally) on Thursday 4th May as The Rooftop Film Club presses play on films featuring iconic rooftop scenes – hello Mary Poppins (Stratford) and Vertigo (Peckham), with street food and drink available to pick at if popcorn isn’t hitting the spot. Shawshank Redemption and The Departed will be shown over the following days, and the cinemas at Shoreditch and Kensington will launch shortly after, on Sunday 7th May. Love birds can trade their deckchairs for love seats big enough for two, as well as a glass of prosecco and bottomless popcorn. If bottomless popcorn doesn’t scream true love then we don’t know what does.
Summer is definitely on its way.
The Rooftop Film Club launches on Thursday 4th May. Tickets go on sale today.