Streaming Changes In 2020


Hailey Krasnikov, Co-Editor-in-Chief

We all knew it was going to happen, we all were in denial about it, and it finally happened. “Friends” was taken off Netflix. However, the update we all expected did not fully happen.

Although “Friends” has left the streaming platform, other shows like “The Office” and “Parks and Recreation” can still be found on the platform and their exit date has been moved to 2021.

As we mourn the loss of the classic comedy “Friends” we must remember that there are other ways to watch it. So if you just can’t bare the loss of this friend group and their hilarious adventures don’t worry,  you can still buy it on DVD, buy it off streaming services like Prime Video, or simply wait until May when “Friends” will be available to stream on a platform like HBO Max. This streaming platform is brought to us by WarnerMedia Entertainment, which is a part of AT&T’s WarnerMedia.

This marks a turning point for Netflix since “Friends” has been on the platform since 2015, will more and more iconic shows and movies leave Netflix? If this is the case then will Netflix Originals be enough to keep the platform afloat?

On the other hand, the fall of Netflix is not very likely because it gives documentaries the opportunity to obtain mainstream exposure. The situation that is most likely to occur is that consumers are not going to be satisfied with one platform because variety will surely decrease as new streaming platforms launch during the next few years. Will we all just have to spend more money to pay for multiple platforms to have more entertainment options, or will we slowly retreat back to watching normal television like we watched before services like Netflix came into our lives.