It’s still a few months before the new CBS Star Trek series debuts in the U.S., but CBS and Netflix have announced a partnership to bring the show to global viewers. Before you get too excited though, the deal excludes viewers in the U.S. as it will air on CBS All Access, and Canada where it will air through Bell Media.
“The launch of the new ‘Star Trek’ will truly be a global television event,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Studios International. “‘Star Trek’ is already a worldwide phenomenon and this international partnership will provide fans around the world, who have been craving a new series for more than a decade, the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the U.S. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new ‘Star Trek’ will definitely be ‘hailing on all frequencies’ throughout the planet.”
The CBS Star Trek series will debut with a special premiere episode on CBS in January 2017, and all subsequent episodes will be available on CBS All Access — the network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service. The iconic and influential global franchise will return to television for the first time since 2005 with a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation. Each episode of the new series will be available globally on Netflix within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.
“‘Star Trek’ is one of the most iconic shows in television history and we’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the beloved series to Trekkies around the world,” said Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television at Netflix. “The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”
In addition, Netflix has acquired streaming rights to air all 727 existing episodes of previous Star Trek television series on the streaming service. Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.
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