The show’s 236 episodes will disappear from all streaming services until May 2020 when it joins HBO Max, FOX Business reported. HBO agreed to pay $425 million over five years to secure the sitcom, according to MarketWatch.
Netflix originally bought the streaming rights to “Friends” for $30 million in 2015, then spent a further $100 million to keep the show on its platform until the end of the decade.
Starting in 2020, HBO Max will also begin streaming “The Big Bang Theory” from CBS, BBC’s “Top Gear,” NBC’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” among others.
HBO Max is a new service offered by WarnerMedia, a subsidiary of AT&T, and will cost $14.99 per month.