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article imageFriends episodes shorter on Netflix than on DVD?

By Megan Woo     Jan 5, 2015 in Entertainment
Out with the old and in with the new, as they say. On Thursday, Netflix added many new titles to its collection, including the TV show Friends.
As you can imagine, Friends superfans flocked over to Netflix to stream the entire series as soon as it became available, but some noticed that the episodes streaming on Netflix seemed to be three minutes shorter than the episodes on the DVD set. It's possible that the episodes on Netflix are much closer to the length of the ones that originally aired.
"I've been looking forward to seeing Friends on Netflix for months now," a Consumerist reader writes. "The problem is that the DVDs I have of the show average 25 minutes an episode and the shows on Netflix are averaging 22 minutes."
TVGuide.com addressed this issue a few years ago saying the Blu-ray version of Friends did not include deleted scenes, unlike the previous released DVD sets.
"The extras were included in previous released DVD versions of Friends, but producers opted to only feature the original broadcast episodes of the show on Blu-ray," explained co-executive producer/director Kevin S. Bright. "If fans are particularly interested in additional footage, those versions are still available. But for this, we wanted something that we, the creators, felt represented the show as we always wanted it to be remembered, which is the original NBC broadcast versions.”
Consumerist confirmed with Netflix that the episodes streaming are the same length as the televised episodes.
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