Season 2 of The Expanse began airing yesterday in the United States on SyFy, to a strong critical reception. Fans outside the US were confidently expecting to watch the show today, as Netflix have picked up the rights outside the United States and their usual release schedule is one day after US transmission. However, this is not the case with The Expanse. Some sources are reporting that SyFy actually has an exclusivity period and the show will not be released on Netflix until Season 2 finishes airing in the States in May.
This is a very curious move. International sales are increasingly important to American shows, especially expensive ones (The Expanse is SyFy's highest-budgeted show of all time), and pre-selling a show's international rights to Netflix or Amazon for release within a day or two of the American transmission is a great way of ensuring a global audience is built up, fees are paid and piracy is minimised. Preventing the show from reaching an international audience for twelve weeks seems self-defeating, since this cannot but encourage piracy in the short term for the most devoted fans.
A spotty and poor international release scheme for The Expanse's first season (which was not available in the UK until the end of last year) was a big mistake and own goal for SyFy. This is not quite as bad a mistake, but it's a curious and backwards move which, once again, seems almost deliberately designed to stop the show gaining the profile and momentum it really needs.