Netflix has secured the worldwide rights to Manifest but we won’t see seasons 1-3 added simultaneously. With season 4 now filming, when will regions outside the United States and Canada carry Manifest’s early season? Well, it’ll differ but some Netflix regions will get seasons 1-2 as of January 1st, 2022.
While we won’t retread the entire Manifest story here. Netflix saved Manifest over the summer to make it available worldwide for a final and fourth season. Netflix also released this statement along with the announcement:
“The deal also includes previous seasons of the Warner Bros. Television–produced series to premiere on Netflix around the world in the coming months”
This implied that Netflix Internationally would be receiving seasons 1 through 3 by 2021. As of December 20,21, Manifest season 1-3 is no longer available on Netflix Canada or the United States.
In the United Kingdom, the rights for seasons 1-3 expired in November 2021 from NowTV but didn’t head to Netflix.
With that said, we’ve just learned of at least one region getting some of the early seasons in the New Year.
Netflix Netherlands will be the first region outside of America and Canada to get Manifest.
According to the NetflixNL Instagram feed (h/t Netflix-nederland.nl) seasons 1-2 will be on Netflix as of January 1st, 2022.
The third season will not air because it was only recently broadcast on Net5 in India.
Sadly at this time only Netflix Netherlands we’ve found have announced a date for when previous seasons will jump onto Netflix although we’re sure more will follow.
The way Warner Brothers Television sold the series around the world was a major reason that Netflix's renewal of season 4 felt unlikely. The show was often sold to local networks and streaming services. Netflix was adamant according to a Hollywood Reporter piece that they’d only pick up the show if they could get the international rights.
This basically boils down into the fact that all international rights have been mangled, and Netflix will be able to access them under various circumstances.
In that piece, they note that the rollout of both the old and new seasons won’t be together instead saying:
“The international territories conflict is being solved with a combination of tactics: Some foreign rights are being bought back while others are being waited out — the new episodes will not debut globally all at once but will have a staggered rollout, with some territories getting the show a little later than others.”
Season 4 of Manifest, currently being produced in New York, is expected to be available on Netflix in 2022. Some regions may see it later.
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