It is a great time to be a Star Trek fan. With Justin Lin’s upcoming Star Trek Beyond beaming into theaters this Friday to great pre-release reactions and of course, a brand new television series set to premiere in January, how can Trekkies/Trekkers not be excited? Well, Netflix and CBS International has made an announcement that will make fans worldwide feel pretty happy. The streaming service will become the exclusive premiere home of Star Trek in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.
Along with this deal, all 727 episodes of the television side of Star Trek will be available to stream. This includes Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. All series will be available to stream around the world by the end of this year.
This brand new series will be the franchise’s return to its television roots since 2005. It will feature a new ship, new characters, and new missions while still staying true to the identity of Star Trek in its exploration of boldly going where no man has gone before. In the official press release, Netflix’s VP of Global Television Sean Carey expressed the company’s sentiments in this new deal.
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. The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.
What do you guys think of this move on Netflix and CBS’s part? I think this somewhat reflects the series’ progressive nature of moving forward with the times – in this case, embracing the future of the television medium which is streaming. For those eager for the Star Trek fix, you can check out Star Trek Beyond in theaters this Friday. Meanwhile, you can read ‘A Beginner’s Guide to Star Trek’ by Heroic Hollywood staff writer David Daut right here.