The risk that NBC’s mega-successful 90s sitcom Friends would possibly disappear from Netflix lower than a month from now was a significant leisure business story just a few days in the past, and it was definitely a hotly mentioned matter on social media. Indeed, somebody seen a couple of week or so in the past that Friends‘ present web page on Netflix included a word that it could be leaving the service come January 1, which led to a spherical of commiserating on Twitter — and apparently some feverish behind-the-scenes dealmaking.
Netflix rapidly secured the rights to maintain the present on its platform for one more 12 months (paying a $100 million for that privilege). But there was one other participant who tried to get in on the motion in part of this story that didn’t get as a lot consideration: Turns out, Apple put in a bid to safe rights to stream the present on the TV platform the iPhone maker is planning to launch subsequent 12 months and for which it’s within the means of commissioning exhibits and hiring expertise.
That bit of reports comes from a Recode report, which notes that along with Netflix, there have been bids for Friends from Hulu, Fox, NBCU, WarnerMedia and naturally Apple. Regarding the latter, its ambitions within the streaming TV house have been much-speculated about up thus far, since just a few key issues have trickled out.
We have a good suggestion of lots of the initiatives being labored on for it, which characteristic numerous high-profile expertise. The exhibits embody a drama that goes behind the scenes of a morning TV present and consists of Steve Carell, Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston among the many forged. Among different issues we find out about what’s coming from Apple, the corporate reportedly desires its TV initiatives to keep away from R-rated content material together with express intercourse, drug use and violence, which led some observers to prematurely dismiss what Apple is planning as doubtless too vanilla to be a reputable Netflix-style participant on this house.
That Apple tried to purchase the rights to stream Friends, nonetheless, suggests just a few key factors. First, the present is definitely one of many hottest TV sitcoms ever — arguably one of the profitable exhibits ever. Going after it is a sign that, if not enjoying to win, Apple very a lot intends for its service to be regarded in the identical vein as Netflix, Hulu and the like.
Second, attempting to purchase the rights to stream Friends subsequent 12 months would appear to be one other indication that the plan is for Apple to for certain launch its streaming TV…