With many fans not terribly happy about the new Star Trek series airing on CBS All Access (here) it looks like the show will now be much more accessible for the fans by moving to… Netflix!
Variety are reporting that Netflix has signed an international licensing agreement with CBS to be the exclusive home of the new Star Trek television series in 188 countries.
They also report that “The deal does not include the U.S. and Canada, where CBS and Bell Media, respectively, have the rights. Each episode of the series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.”
Armando Nunez, president and CEO at CBS Studios says that the show and Netflix are a natural match: “The launch of the new ‘Star Trek’ will truly be a global television event. ‘Star Trek’ is 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.”
As per the press release: The 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
This is great news with Netflix now the home of Star Trek, having recently added the original series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise and all the movies.
Looks like the Trek fan in your life will need Netflix pretty soon…