Why ‘His Dark Materials’ Won’t be Coming to Netflix

by @JRobinsonWoN
Published on November 26th, 2019, 5:00 pm EST

It’s been a long time coming, but His Dark Materials is finally airing on our televisions around the globe. It’s been 12 years since the release of The Golden Compass, and finally, the modern-day classic is receiving the treatment it deserves by fleshing out the story and characters across multiple seasons. There’s been a high demand to watch the series by subscribers, unfortunately, the series won’t be coming to Netflix anytime soon. We’re here to tell you why His Dark Materials isn’t coming to Netflix and where you will be able to stream it elsewhere.

His Dark Materials is a fantasy drama series based on the trilogy of books of the same name by author Phillip Pullman. After the backlash of the film, The Golden Compass, received, plans for any future films were put on hold. After several years without any sequels, the rights were given back to Pullman. The first season will cover the events of the book, Northern Lights, and the already renewed second season will cover the events of the second novel, The Subtle Knife. His Dark Materials is a co-production between British broadcaster the BBC and American network HBO.

In a parrel universe, magic science and theology are entwined. Lyra, a young orphan, searches for her friend that was kidnapped but uncovers a grave and sinister plot. Discovering that even more children are being kidnapped, Lyra embarks on an adventure with her daemon Pantalaimon to understand the mysterious phenomenon called Dust.

Why isn’t His Dark Materials coming to Netflix US?

To state the obvious, the reason why His Dark Materials isn’t coming to Netflix in the US is because of HBO. His Dark Materials is a co-production between HBO and the BBC, with the former as the international distributor of the series.

Episodes of His Dark Materials are available to watch on HBO at 09:00 pm (EST). To stream episodes online you will need a subscription to the HBO’s streaming service HBO Now. When the latest streaming service HBO Max is launched in May 2020 the first season of His Dark Materials will be available to watch on that platform instead.

Why isn’t His Dark Materials coming to Netflix in other regions?

In the United Kingdom, episodes of His Dark Materials are broadcast by the BBC. You can stream the latest episodes on the broadcasters streaming service BBC iPlayer. Once the series leaves iPlayer, the streaming home will likely be Britbox.

Thanks to His Dark Materials status as a co-production, Canada has access to episodes through Bell Media’s SVOD service Crave. HBO Canada used to operate in the country, but all of the content has moved to Crave.

In Australia, His Dark Materials is available to stream on Foxtel.

For mainland Europe, once HBO Max has launched, the first season of His Dark Materials will be available to stream on the service. Some countries, like the United Kingdom, have a strong presence from Sky, such as Germany and Italy. Countries with Sky will have access to His Dark Materials through a subscription to Sky TV.

Looking for shows like His Dark Materials?

If you’re looking for more titles His Dark Materials on Netflix, here are some of our recommendations:

And there’s also The Witcher to look forward to that arrives in December 2019.

Would you like to see His Dark Materials on Netflix? Let us know in the comments below!

Jacob Robinson

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Jacob joined What's on Netflix in 2018 and serves as one of the lead writers here on What's on Netflix. Jacob covers all things Netflix movies and TV shows but specializes in covering anime and K-dramas. Resides in the United Kingdom.