‘Friends deal a tes­ta­ment to show’s value’

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JEN­NIFER ANIS­TON CALLS it “amaz­ing” that Friends still has an au­di­ence big enough to prompt multi-mil­lion dol­lar busi­ness deals to keep it from dis­ap­pear­ing on Net­flix.

“I find it amaz­ing that it’s con­tin­ued to have such love and such an au­di­ence and such an ap­petite for it,” Anis­ton said at the pre­miere of her Net­flix film Dumplin’.

Af­ter an out­cry from fans, Net­flix an­nounced ear­lier in the week that it was keep­ing the ad­ven­tures of Ross, Rachel, Phoebe, Mon­ica, Chan­dler and Joey avail­able to sub­scribers through 2019 — at a re­ported $100 mil­lion price tag to the stream­ing ser­vice. “I think it says a lot about the show. Es­pe­cially since it takes place at a time where it’s so dif­fer­ent from now. You know, peo­ple ac­tu­ally spoke to each other and hung out with each other and talked,” Anis­ton said.

Warn­erme­dia owns the show, which aired on NBC for ten years end­ing in 2004. It won six Emmy Awards, in­clud­ing a best com­edy ac­tress Emmy for Anis­ton. Net­flix paid more than triple the $30 mil­lion a year it had been pay­ing for Friends, The New York Times re­ported, cit­ing two uniden­ti­fied peo­ple with di­rect knowl­edge of the deal.

Friends could soon ap­pear more places on­line. The Times said noth­ing in the Net­flix deal pre­vented the show from ap­pear­ing on a stream­ing ser­vice AT&T plans to launch in 2020.

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