The highly-anticipated Lost finale airs in the US around lunchtime Monday Australian time.
In a move to to minimise online piracy, the two and a half-hour finale will be screened simultaneously broadcast in the U.S. and Europe, regardless of international time differences.
It will air in the US on ABC May 23 from 9pm Pacific Standard Time, and simultaneously on Sky One in the U.K., on Fox Italia and Telecom Italia in Italy, Cuatro in Spain, Fox in Spain and Portugal, Digiturk in Turkey, HOT in Israel and CTV in Canada.
Disney, which distributes the series, said 59 countries will air the final episode of Lost no later than 48 hours after the U.S. broadcast.
In Australia it will be seen at 8:30pm Wednesday on Seven, in an upgrade from its usual 7TWO premiere. ABC bringing the finale forward to a Sunday finale instead of its regular Tuesday clashes with Seven’s usual Desperate Housewives / Brothers and Sisters night, but with Nine airing the State of Origin game on Wednesday, Seven will be unlikely to win the night. That at least allowed Seven a win / win in to moving it from 7TWO to its premium channel while keeping one more Pacific episode under its belt instead of competing against State of Origin.
Soft figures for the show arguably precluded it from airing on Seven in place of Housewives / Brothers, although a Monday 7TWO airing might have been a more satisfying compromise.
Ben Pyne from Disney Media Networks said, “Lost’s intrinsic global appeal and enthusiastic international following have driven a demand to create innovative windowing opportunities to air the programming on earlier and more convenient platforms.
“Since the show’s first season, we have greatly accelerated all of our U.S. network series’ international delivery, broadcast and marketing.”
No spoilers will be published on TV Tonight until after 11pm Wednesday AEST.