'Friends' to leave Netflix in 2020 for new HBO Max streaming service

  • 'Friends' to leave Netflix in 2020 for new HBO Max streaming service

'Friends' to leave Netflix in 2020 for new HBO Max streaming service

The service will offer more than a dozen original shows and movies from stars including Reese Witherspoon and Anna Kendrick, plus programming from AT&T-owned networks such as HBO and TBS and classics from the Warner Bros film and TV library.

In addition to "Friends", HBO Max will be the exclusive streaming home of "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air", "Pretty Little Liars", and the upcoming CW series "Batwoman" and "Katy Keene".

Programming from HBO will also be offered, with the premium U.S. cablenet's forthcoming slate including shows such as Stephen King's The Outsider, as well as series from sibling networks such as TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim.

It will compete with Netflix, Walt Disney Co's upcoming Disney+ streaming service, and other digital subscription options as traditional media companies seek to attract online viewers. AT&T-owned WarnerMedia, which unveiled its management team in March, also already offers standalone service HBO Now, which costs $15 in the U.S. and is available from multiple cable operators.

Max is scheduled to launch next spring with 10,000 hours of programming, WarnerMedia said in a statement. That price would put it higher than competitors such as Netflix ($9), Disney+ ($7) and Hulu ($6).

Currently, Netflix is airing "Friends" and paid AT&T some $80 million for the opportunity to stream it on its service this year.