Lost Is Now Exclusive To Hulu After Netflix Streaming Deal Ends
Lost is moving to a new home.
Hulu announced that the 2004 television series will be available on its streaming platform starting this month. The company recently inked a deal with Disney and ABC Television Group that allows all six seasons of the supernatural drama to be moved to its digital platform.
Lost, created by Star Wars' J.J. Abrams and The Leftovers' Damon Lindelof, has been on Netflix since it ended its television run in 2010. However, last year, the relationship seemed to sour when fans realized that the ending of the series was edited and was 18 minutes shorter than the version that aired on TV.
A post on Reddit detailed the missing scenes and the differences between the shortened version and the original series finale.
Lindelof was not aware of the shortened finale until it was brought to his attention.
"I am totally befuddled by all this," the co-showrunner said in a previous interview. "Love it or hate it, the finale that aired is the definitive finale and to alter it in any way defies explanation. Something tells me that this isn't Netflix's fault ... that it's an honest mistake and something got miscommunicated — I seem to remember ABC had to make an edit for rerun airings that tightened the show into 'format' (42 minutes to accommodate commercials), and somehow that mistakenly got sent to Netflix."
He added that, while networks ask for shorter versions of an episode, the longer and original version get included on the DVD and, in this case, Netflix. Because the streaming platform does not have to account for commercials, there is no reason why it used the edited finale.
Netflix responded and admitted that it was an honest mistake. They uploaded the original version of the episode immediately after.
Variety adds that Hulu also had the edited version of the finale on its platform when the show was launched on Thursday, Jan. 4. The finale was broken into two 43-minute episodes.
A representative from the company assured that they are working hard to acquire the full 104-minute version of the series finale soon.
Lost centers on the survivors of a commercial jet airliner that crashed on its way from Sydney to Los Angeles. It landed on a mysterious tropical island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean.
The series ran from September 2004 to May 2010 with a total of six seasons and 121 episodes.