Older ‘Manifest’ Episodes Set to Depart Hulu, Peacock Due to Netflix Deal
Netflix Will Be Exclusive Home for ‘Manifest’ After Deal to Save Series
Manifest fans haven’t had the easiest time of things when it comes to streaming one of their favorites. Things may be about to get a lot stable with the show’s upcoming fourth season, though, as it gets set to launch on Netflix.
While Manifest could previously be found on NBC and its entrant into the streaming wars Peacock, that changed with the third season when NBC shut down Manifest altogether. Fans were left bereft of options, but Netflix — as it has done in the past — stepped in. It picked up Manifest for a fourth season, and with that move brought a series of changes to Manifest and its streaming schedule.
Manifest was — and still will be for a little while, at last report — available on Peacock as well as Hulu. Peacock viewers will be able to see Manifest on the platform until September 20, and Hulu viewers will have one day more, as the service departs on September 21. Some international services will be carrying Manifest for a bit longer, however; both NowTV and Sky will be losing their access to Manifest starting November 7, 2021. Some are projecting that this is when the first three seasons will arrive on Netflix internationally, but as yet, that’s merely speculation.
This fourth season will prove to be a “supersized” season, and also serve to end Manifest’s run entirely.
If Netflix decides to run with this strategy, it could be an absolute winner. Stop and think for a moment of all the television series that have been canceled on a cliffhanger episode. If Netflix gets a reputation for being the platform where television series go to finish out their storylines properly, it could get a lot of subscribers interested. Consider how many people are still smarting over Fox and its treatment of Firefly, or how many wanted a proper ending for My Name is Earl.
Pulling those viewers over to Netflix could help ensure that Netflix manages to hold its own in the face of growing competition from networks that are building their own streaming platforms. It’s also the kind of strategy that may not work for long as the networks would quickly catch on that there’s money in actually finishing what they start.