Wednesday, January 27

Friends will stream exclusively on Crave in Canada beginning December 31.


All 10 seasons and 236 episodes of friends It will be available on Bell’s owned Crave streaming service beginning December 31.

A few months ago, it was revealed that the ’90s comedy friends it would eventually switch from Netflix to WarnerMedia’s exclusive US streaming service, HBO Max. Given that HBO Max is not available in Canada, it was unclear where the iconic series would land north of the US border.

That being said, since there is a large amount of HBO Max content available on Crave, including Love life, Legendary, The Flight Attendant, Wonder Woman 1984 and more, many assumed that friends it would eventually land on the broadcast platform. There was also the possibility that Netflix would retain the exclusive Canadian broadcast right to the series.

In a recent tweet, Netflix Canada confirmed that Joey and his friends will be leaving the streaming platform on December 31. Crave then quickly did the same and announced that friends it would arrive on its streaming service on that same date.

friends joins other classic TV shows on Crave like The prince of Bel Air Y The Bernie Mac Show.

Netflix paid $ 100 million for the rights to stream Crave exclusively on its platform in 2015. In July 2019, WarnerMedia outbid Netflix by a amount between $ 400 million – $ 500 million for the exclusive rights to broadcast the television program in the United States. This resulted in friends being exclusive to HBO Max in the US.

Although Friends is an NBC series, the television show was produced by Warner Brothers, a division of WarnerMedia.

Since HBO Max content requires Crave’s HBO level, this means that to watch friends, subscribers will likely have to pay for the basic Crave subscription plus the HBO add-on. MobileSyrup has reached out to Crave to confirm it.

This brings the total cost to $ 19.98 per month. Crave offers three tiers: Basic, Movies + HBO, and Starz Programming. In addition to Crave’s regular $ 9.99 CAD monthly cost, Crave + Movies + HBO costs an additional $ 9.99 per month, and Starz costs an additional $ 5.99 per month.

Image Credit: NBC

Source: @Netflix_CA, @CraveCanada



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