Updated: Oct 9, 2019
In case you didn't know; there weren't enough of them.
Exactly two weeks ago I wrote a post about how The Office was leaving Netflix because NBCUniversal wanted it back to feature on their own streaming service. Sure, cool, understandable.
You can read that article here - because literally the same exact thing is happening again except this time, with Friends. That's right, Friends is leaving Netflix in 2020 because WarnerMedia is starting THEIR OWN GOD DAMN STREAMING SERVICE called HBO Max which will feature, of course, Friends, as well as content from DC, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, HBO, and more.
Again, I'm not going to repeat myself - just go read what I wrote about The Office but god damn, man.
Let's look at this Fall alone and all the streaming services I'll end up signing up for. Apple TV+, Disney+, Apple Arcade and Google Stadia.
Granted, I probably won't keep them all. I'm not sure how long I'll hang on to the Stadia train although it has some perks that I'm really excited for. I don't know how good the games on Apple Arcade will be either so who knows how long I'll stick with that.
But those are gaming related services and I own three consoles so that makes sense that I'm indifferent. What am I not indifferent about? The fact that I'll absolutely 100% sign up for Disney+ and Apple TV+ for their exclusive content and back catalogue and I'll most likely sign up for HBO Max and whatever NBCUniversal calls their shit. And that's on top of paying for DirecTV, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and WWE Network. I don't have Showtime or HBO because I don't want to have to sell my god damn body in order to watch Silicon Valley and Desus & Mero - which I actually considered doing.
At what point does cable cease to exist? If we're just paying for individual streaming services and shows can be added weekly the same way that The Twilight Zone kept being added to CBS All Access then why do we even bother anymore? NBC will eventually just put my new episodes of Superstore up every Thursday on their app, Always Sunny and American Horror Story will get tossed onto FX's that same day - screw waiting until 10 PM to watch them. In five years time, I don't think that will even be a thing anymore.
Anyways - I'm not really sure where we go from here, I just needed to tell you about the Friends thing.
Good luck out there.