In what’s believed to be the first global preview event, the Fox network and Fox International Channels are making the premiere episode of event series “Wayward Pines” available for free in the U.S. and to Fox International viewers across more than 126 countries — two weeks ahead of its global debut.

Starting tonight at midnight (in each time zone) and through 11:59 p.m. on April 30, the episode will be available to watch free on Fox on Demand via participating pay-TV providers, including AT&T U-verse, Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, DirecTV, Mediacom, Suddenlink, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS, Xfinity and many more. Fans can also stream the episode free at Fox.com, Fox Now and Hulu, as well as Facebook. The preview of the premiere episode will be available via Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, PlayStation® Store, Vudu and Xbox Video.

The preview will launch on all digital platforms at noon PT on Friday.

Outside the U.S., the preview will be available free on Fox’s international authenticated app, Fox Play, across all participating regions. In addition the episode will be accessible through regional pay-TV providers, international Fox.com pages, social-media platforms, SVOD and Web services.

“Wayward Pines” is a 10-episode series bowing Thursday, May 14, at 9 p.m. on Fox and will debut simultaneously in more than 126 countries — making for the world’s largest-ever day-and-date launch for a scripted series. The psychological thriller, based on Blake Crouch’s international bestselling series of books and adapted for television by Chad Hodge, is brought to life by M. Night Shyamalan.

The series stars Matt Dillon as a Secret Service agent on a mission to find two missing federal agents in the bucolic town of Wayward Pines, Idaho. In addition to Dillon, the cast includes Melissa Leo, Terrence Howard (of the net’s megahit “Empire”), Carla Gugino, Shannyn Sossamon, Toby Jones, Reed Diamond, Tim Griffin, Charlie Tahan, Juliette Lewis and and Hope Davis.

“Wayward Pines” is produced by FX Productions. The series was developed for television by Chad Hodge and exec produced by Donald De Line, Ashwin Rajan, Hodge and M. Night Shyamalan.  Hodge wrote and Shyamalan directed the premiere episode.