As we know, movie and show rights licensing can be complicated. Netflix has acquired the original two seasons of The Expanse, now Amazon Prime Original Series on Netflix. Confused, yet? Same.
Updated (02/10/2020): Well, blink and you missed it – The Expanse has once again been removed from Netflix internationally. We’ll update you once/if we learn more.
Let’s recap how we got here.
Over the last few years, sci-fi has seen a huge rise in popularity and is often referred to as "the best sci-fi show on television" (especially after the acquisition by Amazon).
Originally a Syfy series, The Expanse saw global distribution through Netflix in 2016. After three seasons, Syfy ended the series. It aired both seasons 1 and 2.
Amazon Prime Studios produced the fourth season of the series after much fan lobbying and some luck. They are currently working on a fifth and possibly more seasons.
Netflix lost the second and first seasons in international territories at the close of September 2018, months after Amazon announced its acquisition.
The return of The Expanse on Netflix internationally doesn’t seem to have affected its availability on Amazon Prime, though with all four seasons still available.
Strangest part about the current readditions is the fact that both seasons of Netflix have the Netflix Original branding, ba-dum intro and the Netflix Original branding (but not this new one).
Netflix is now re-purchasing The Expanse, but don't expect more seasons to be added (with maybe number three).
Amazon Prime is the exclusive source of all new seasons.
Netflix picked up the previous seasons again. Well, we don’t know officially. This could mean that Netflix may have given up international rights to move exclusively onto Amazon Prime.
There’s also an argument that could be made that the licensing has been sold again to Netflix to help promote and drive more subscribers Amazon’s way.
Don’t worry though, Netflix has plenty of sci-fi series of its own coming up. Another Life was renewed in 2020 for its second season. Netflix, David Benioff, and D.B. have also been renewed. Weiss is working on Three-Body Problem.