The alternatives to see Friends after leaving Netflix | Digital Trends Spanish


“Thanks for all the laughs, gossip and coffee. I tried, friends. With this meaningful message, Netflix made it official that Friends, the iconic American series of the nineties, leaves the transmission platform on December 31, 2020 for Spain and Latin America.

The agreement that Netflix had with Warner Bros. Television – and for which it paid $ 100 million at the time – had an expiration date. And Warner Media –owner of Warner Bros.– was not interested in renewing it, since its idea is to strengthen its own service: HBO Max.

In fact, the series of the six friends had already left the Netflix catalog for the United States in December 2019 and went on to join the programmatic grid of HBO Max in May 2020, when it was officially released.

Even though it ended more than 15 years ago, Friends is still one of the most important productions for the platforms of streaming, to the point that in 2020 it was again the most marathon series, according to TV Time.

Therefore, his departure leaves many fans of the adventures of Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, Chandler, Joey and Ross with a void that will be difficult to fill, so we have put together some of the alternatives to see Friends – legally – in Latin America.

Spain

In addition to Netflix, fans in Spain had the possibility to follow Friends through HBO Spain and Amazon Prime Video. However, the series will also leave this platform on December 31, 2020.

In this way, the only alternative will be HBO Spain, which in mid-2021 will be renamed HBO Max.

Latin America

For fans in Latin America the situation is a little more complicated, since in this region the only platform for streaming The show was Netflix.

So users will have to wait for the arrival of HBO Max in the course of 2021. Although the platform has not confirmed its catalog for the region, it is highly likely that Friends be part of it.

Another alternative –although it will be useful only if you have pay TV– is to watch it through Warner Channel, which offers three daily chapters (here you can check the schedule). However, to the annoyance of some, the episodes are dubbed into Spanish and do not always follow the original sequence.

Buy the series?

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If bigotry is too much and you just can’t live without Friends, there is also the possibility of buying the complete series through some online stores.

Amazon offers the possibility of buying the ten seasons of the series on Blu-ray discs for $ 60 dollars, plus the taxes applicable to each country.

Another alternative is to purchase the digital version through stores such as Microsoft Store ($ 15 dollars each season) or Voodoo ($ 99 for the complete collection).

More alternatives

Although the possibility of watching the complete series legally is practically impossible, on YouTube there are good channels that offer some chapters or complete seasons of the series, something that could be useful to hold out until they are available again on a streaming platform. streaming.

  • Summary, best 25 years: Special prepared by Warner Channel with the best scenes to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the premiere of Friends.
  • Favorite Videos: channel that offers excerpts from all the chapters of the ten seasons of Friends.

And if it is also to your liking, on Spotify this list with the best songs of the series is available.

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