Nerds of the world rejoice. CBS’s new Star Trek TV series set to premiere on the network’s digital subscription network CBS All Access in January 2017, will also — thankfully — be available on Netflix in 188 countries, 24 hours after the original episode airs, Netflix announced today.
On top of that, Netflix recently secured the rights to all 727 existing episodes of Star Trek including the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise to stream worldwide. Fans around the world will now be able to boldly go to whichever Trek iteration their Trekkie heart desires on the streaming giant by the end of 2016.
In a press release, Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television at Netflix says, “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,” and continued: “The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”
This is a monumental and savvy move for both CBS and Netflix. By cutting a deal with Netflix, CBS will ensure that the new streaming-only Trek series will be both seen by the largest audience possible but also ease the financial strain of potentially limiting the series to their new U.S. streaming platform.
Similarly, by allying itself with CBS, Netflix gets a complete TV franchise with fans the world (universe?) over, and gets a pinch hitter to help its recent push into more countries. Unfortunately, U.S. Trek fans who already have Netflix will still have to pony up the $5.99 per month for CBS All Access just for the new Star Trek show, but worldwide Netflix subscribers will simply have to wait a day to still enjoy what looks to be a great Trek series — co-created and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller — in the spirit of creator Gene Roddenberry’s original.
If you couldn’t get enough Trek, the new installment of the film series, Star Trek Beyond hits theaters on July 22.