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Friends Fans In Australia Have Had A Distressing Realisation About The Upcoming Reunion Episode

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<div><p><span><a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/friends/">Friends</a> fans have had a rather disappointing realisation about the upcoming one-off reunion special, more specifically those that live in Australia. </span></p><p><span>On Friday night, all six members of the main Friends cast <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/friends-reunion-confirmed-by-cast-hbo-max_uk_5e5104a1c5b6b82aa65383e5">confirmed simultaneously that they’d be appearing in a new one-off “celebration” looking back at the classic sitcom</a>, 16 years after it was last on our screens.</span></p><p><span>The special is set to debut on the new streaming platform HBO Max in May, alongside all 10 series of Friends.</span></p><p><span>However, HBO Max still isn’t an official thing in Australia. </span></p><p>There are some hints the streaming service will launch Down Under, with HBO <a href="https://www.businessinsider.com.au/hbo-max-australia-2020-2" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">registering an Australian trademark </a>for the brand this month.  Keep in mind it’s already a crowded market with Stan, ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play and other networks battling it out for numbers. </p><p>Right now, Foxtel has the rights to all HBO content under an agreement that will last until 2020 and all 10 seasons of <em>Friends</em> can be streamed on <a href="https://www.stan.com.au/watch/friends-1994?gclsrc=aw.ds&ds_rl=1263226&gclid=Cj0KCQiA4sjyBRC5ARIsAEHsELFmUzlApcqdnQ2-m4E_KsRMm8fOM995f8AoqugBQYymItpadSSj1tkaAt-SEALw_wcB&gclsrc=aw.ds" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Stan. </a></p><p><span>Oh.</span> </p></div><img src="https://img.huffingtonpost.com/asset/5e524799230000e4060befbd.jpeg?cache=onrxrH7cTn&ops=scalefit_630_noupscale" alt="The cast of Friends at the height of the show's success" data-caption="The cast of Friends at the height of the show's success" data-credit="NBC via Getty Images" data-credit-link-back=""><div><p><span>Understandably, fans were a bit confused, especially in the UK where it is unclear if HBO Max will ever launch ...  </span></p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">OMFG I CANT A <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FriendsReunion?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#FriendsReunion</a> IM CRYING 😭😭😭 HOW DO I GET HBO MAX IN AUSTRALIA?!</p>— Emma 🦋 (@emmalouise13457) <a href="https://twitter.com/emmalouise13457/status/1231001603907309568?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 21, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Can we expect hbo max in Australia?</p>— Ryan (@ItzzMeERyan) <a href="https://twitter.com/ItzzMeERyan/status/1228607223007309824?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 15, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">EKKKKKKKK <a href="https://twitter.com/FriendsTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@FriendsTV</a> is back for a Reunion Episode but how are we going to watch - if <a href="https://twitter.com/hbomax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@hbomax</a> isn’t available in the UK? 🇬🇧 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/FriendsReunion?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#FriendsReunion</a></p>— Aaron Pleming (@Aaronplem) <a href="https://twitter.com/Aaronplem/status/1231189392259190784?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Just heard that the friends reunion that everyone's been waiting for, might not get shown in the UK. How rude. UK loves entertainment as well.<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/friends?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#friends</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/tvshow?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#tvshow</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/JenniferAniston?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#JenniferAniston</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/lisakudrow?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#lisakudrow</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/courtneycox?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#courtneycox</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/DavidSchwimmer?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#DavidSchwimmer</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/matthewperry?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#matthewperry</a><a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MattLeBlanc?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">#MattLeBlanc</a></p>— Jason Cowan (@Jasonleecowan) <a href="https://twitter.com/Jasonleecowan/status/1231388138578333698?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 23, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Devastated that those of us in the UK won't be able to watch HBO Max for <a href="https://twitter.com/FriendsTV?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">@FriendsTV</a> Reunion. How will I watch it please?!?!?!?!?!?!?</p>— Holly 🎉🤗🎊 (@DeckTheHolly8) <a href="https://twitter.com/DeckTheHolly8/status/1231164741562851331?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">With HBO Max not coming to the UK where will the Friends Special be shown in the UK? As Friends has been on many different channels in the UK</p>— Paul Ferrer (@paullferrer) <a href="https://twitter.com/paullferrer/status/1231278325634666496?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Realising the friends reunion is on an American channel and I’m british <a href="https://t.co/xt4TtBio2x" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">pic.twitter.com/xt4TtBio2x</a></p>— Lu🌺 (@_friendscentral) <a href="https://twitter.com/_friendscentral/status/1231238369226711042?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p>However, some have also pointed out that Sky Atlantic regularly show HBO content in the UK – including Game Of Thrones, Girls and Westworld – suggesting it could end up being the UK home of the Friends reunion, even though they don’t show the series itself.</p></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Unless Sky Atlantic show it, be years until it can be seen in UK. HBO Max arent coming to UK and friends won't be available in UK either.</p>— Richard Veale Bult 🇵🇸 🇨🇦 🇮🇷 (@southcoastbloke) <a href="https://twitter.com/southcoastbloke/status/1231171132654571521?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Purely guessing, but a lot of HBO content goes on Sky Atlantic...</p>— Sarah O'Connell (@SarahO_Connell) <a href="https://twitter.com/SarahO_Connell/status/1231019510116888577?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Friends things:<br>- literally just a chat show/documentary, absolutely not an episode <br>- HBO Max isn’t launching here (they’ve extended the Sky/HBO deal, and make way too much money from it to go direct to consumer at the moment) so you may not see it</p>— Robin Edds (@robinedds) <a href="https://twitter.com/robinedds/status/1231168734011777024?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">- HBO could license it out around the world to companies (like Netflix *kisses badge*) who hold the Friends rights, but are they not just then doing their marketing for them? <br>- Sky could show it as part of their HBO deal, but as they don’t have Friends that would be...odd</p>— Robin Edds (@robinedds) <a href="https://twitter.com/robinedds/status/1231169568414031872?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 22, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><blockquote data-dnt="true" data-conversation="none"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The One Where We Convince Mum To Get Sky Atlantic</p>— GSV(ecc) Social Pupae (@a_rdavey) <a href="https://twitter.com/a_rdavey/status/1230991601289322499?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">February 21, 2020</a></blockquote></div><div><p><span>HuffPost UK has contacted HBO Max for more information.</span></p><p><span>The unscripted special will see the show’s cast returning to the soundstage on which Friends was filmed, reflecting on the sitcom’s global impact and best moments.</span></p><p><span>It will be directed by Ben Winston, best known for his work alongside <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/news/james-corden/">James Corden</a> on The Late, Late Show.</span></p><p><span>Friends is currently airing on Comedy Central in the UK, as well as streaming on Netflix, following its debut on the streaming platform in 2018, gaining the classic sitcom a new generation of fans.</span></p><p><span>This led to many younger viewers watching Friends for the first time, many of whom quickly <a href="https://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/friends-netflix-uk-watching-first-time_uk_5a575102e4b03bc4d03e660c">began pointing out more problematic aspects of the show</a>, namely a distinct lack of diversity and homophobic jokes about the character Charles Bing.</span></p></div><!-- %Slideshow-5e52f1c6c5b6b82aa654c9dc% --><section><h5></h5><div></div></section>

Friends fans have had a rather disappointing realisation about the upcoming one-off reunion special, more specifically those that live in Australia. 

On Friday night, all six members of the main Friends cast confirmed simultaneously that they’d be appearing in a new one-off “celebration” looking back at the classic sitcom, 16 years after it was last on our screens.

The special is set to debut on the new streaming platform HBO Max in May, alongside all 10 series of Friends.

However, HBO Max still isn’t an official thing in Australia. 

There are some hints the streaming service will launch Down Under, with HBO registering an Australian trademark for the brand this month.  Keep in mind it’s already a crowded market with Stan, ABC iView, SBS On Demand, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play and other networks battling it out for numbers. 

Right now, Foxtel has the rights to all HBO content under an agreement that will last until 2020 and all 10 seasons of Friends can be streamed on Stan. 

Oh. 

The cast of Friends at the height of the show's success

Understandably, fans were a bit confused, especially in the UK where it is unclear if HBO Max will ever launch ...  

However, some have also pointed out that Sky Atlantic regularly show HBO content in the UK – including Game Of Thrones, Girls and Westworld – suggesting it could end up being the UK home of the Friends reunion, even though they don’t show the series itself.

HuffPost UK has contacted HBO Max for more information.

The unscripted special will see the show’s cast returning to the soundstage on which Friends was filmed, reflecting on the sitcom’s global impact and best moments.

It will be directed by Ben Winston, best known for his work alongside James Corden on The Late, Late Show.

Friends is currently airing on Comedy Central in the UK, as well as streaming on Netflix, following its debut on the streaming platform in 2018, gaining the classic sitcom a new generation of fans.

This led to many younger viewers watching Friends for the first time, many of whom quickly began pointing out more problematic aspects of the show, namely a distinct lack of diversity and homophobic jokes about the character Charles Bing.

Source: Huffington Post Australia Athena2 https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/entry/friends-fans-in-australia-have-had-a-distressing-realisation-about-the-upcoming-reunion-episode_au_5e52f192c5b629695f5c3cba

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