China has confirmed that it has detained two Canadian men in what appears to be retaliation for the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer.

The US Senate has passed a resolution stating Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Theresa May’s hopes of getting EU leaders to help her push her Brexit deal through parliament have been dealt a severe blow as she prepares to return home and face her party.

The UK’s big four auditors will next week face an unprecedented move to limit their market share and allow smaller rivals to gatecrash their self-confessed oligopoly as regulators shake up a sector rattled by a string of corporate collapses.

Mike Ashley has been rebuffed by Debenhams after he offered a £40m loan to bail out the struggling department store amid speculation it had “zero chance of survival”.

 

Brexit uncertainty has pushed a key measure of the housing market to a six-year low, according to surveyors.

Shares in Superdry have plunged by more than a third after it issued its second profit warning in less than two months – blaming mild weather for a potential £22m hit to its bottom line.

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Netflix to pay $100 million to keep the show ‘Friends’ in its programming

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The streaming giant is all set to keep the landmark television show in its catalogue, by paying the amount to WarnerMedia to keep continue licensing it

The amount is a significant jump from the $30mn a year that Netflix has paid previously to stream the show. The information was conveyed by two people with direct knowledge of the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to discuss details of the deal.

The new amount is reflective of the thirst for content in the streaming age. Online viewing is the future of entertainment, and the industry’s biggest players — including Warner Media’s parent, AT&T; the Walt Disney Company; Comcast’s NBC Universal; Viacom; CBS; and Discovery — are retooling their streaming operations to take on services like Netflix and Amazon.

Both WarnerMedia and Netflix declined to comment on the issue.

Paying big money for hit content is necessary to expand its customer base for Netflix—which stands at 57mn in the US alone, and 130mn worldwide.

Questions about the show’s future on the service began over the weekend when customers spotted a notice on Netflix’s “Friends” page that read, “Availability Until 1/1/19.” This caused some of the show’s fans to turn hostile and resilient on social media.

At an investor conference in New York on Monday, Ted Sarandos, head of Netflix’s content division, said the show’s departure “is a rumor.”

The company officially announced that the show would remain on the service.“The Holiday Armadillo has granted your wish: ‘Friends’ will still be there for you in the US throughout 2019,” Netflix posted in a tweet, which included an image of the character Ross in an armadillo suit from a scene in which he tries to explain the story of Hanukkah to his son.

Originally, the deal to keep “Friends” on Netflix was due to expire by the end of the year, but both Netflix and AT&T had been negotiating for at least a few months to extend it, said people with direct knowledge of the matter.

Complicating the negotiation was AT&T’s plan to begin a streaming service of its own by the end of 2019. AT&T had acquired Time Warner in June for $85.4bn, landing prized assets such as HBO, CNN and the Warner Bros. film and TV studios, which include shows like “Friends” and “Big Bang Theory” and blockbuster movies like “Wonder Woman.”

“That’s content we definitely want on our platform,” AT&T’s chief executive, Randall Stephenson, said of “Friends” at an investor conference on Tuesday. “And clearly it’s important to Netflix as well.”

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