Netflix Scores 'Friends' Streaming Rights

Netflix continues to add to its collection of library titles with the acquisition of 1990s comedy series Friends, the OTT service announced Wednesday.

Netflix will have access to all 10 seasons of the iconic Warner Bros./NBC series, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer, said Network officials.

While the series is currently in syndication, it’s the first time all 236 episodes and 83 hours of  the Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions-produced Friends series will be available on a streaming subscription service.

Friends will debut on Netflix beginning Jan. 1, 2015, said Netflix officials.

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