Netflix will stream CBS' new Star Trek series in 188 countries

Netflix and CBS have announced the former will hold exclusive rights outside the U.S. and Canada on the new Star Trek series set to launch at the start of next year. As well as the new CBS series coming to Netflix, the company will also ensure 727 existing episodes from the show library are available for streaming worldwide by the end of 2016.

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Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television at Netflix, commented on the announcement:

"'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."

The first episode of the new series will premiere on the CBS TV network in January. All subsequent episodes thereafter will be exclusively available on CBS All Access in the U.S., while those located outside the U.S. will be able to leverage their Netflix subscription.

Press Release

LOS ANGELES and AMSTERDAM, July 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Netflix and CBS Studios International today announced a landmark international licensing agreement for the new "Star Trek" television series. Netflix will be 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.

Additionally, all 727 existing episodes of the iconic "Star Trek" television library – including "Star Trek: The Original Series," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Enterprise" will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.

The all-new "Star Trek" will begin production in Toronto in September for its January 2017 premiere. 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.

"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."

"'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 the U.S., the new "Star Trek" will launch with a special premiere episode on the CBS Television Network in January 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the United States exclusively on CBS All Access, the Network's digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

As previously announced, the new "Star Trek" marks the first original series developed for U.S. distribution on CBS All Access, which provides viewers thousands of episodes of CBS's current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month.

Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new "Star Trek," based on Gene Roddenberry's original series. Fuller launched his career writing for "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine" and "Star Trek: Voyager." Kurtzman is co-writer and producer of the blockbuster films "Star Trek" and "Star Trek Into Darkness."

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman's Secret Hideout, Fuller's Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.

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48 Comments
  • Insert VPN ad here. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Absolutely! That's one thing I look forward to with this show! On My Note 4
  • Sad that I won't be watching this series in the US. No way am I paying CBS for limited access to their content that still contains commercials.
  • Not to mention that their app and streaming service are piles of garbage. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I agree. Their app was crap during the trial period they gave me. I gave up on my favorite shows because of it because of it. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ill be downloading the show on torrent!
  • I don't how CBS thinks it will help them. All I see is increasing angst. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll just find a streaming site to watch it from or a streaming torrent app. CBS is garbage for their crap they pull and will not get a dime out of me for their all access app
  • I'll be waiting for the inevitable BluRay season set. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • Nice, looks like I'll be able to watch it after all, for better or worse. Wonder what will happen with season 2 when a billion people across the globe watch on Netflix and 27 in America watch on this premium CBS service? Posted via the Android Central App
  • Energize. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Live Long And Prosper Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'll want to see it but I doubt I'll pay six bucks a month just for that (there's nothing else I'd watch on their service). Maybe I'll buy a month after season 1 is fully available then watch them all.
  • Me, too. The only other show on CBS that I like (Person of Interest) isn't even available on CBS All Access for some bizarre reason. Posted via the Android Central App
  • They wouldn't allow me to watch Big Bang Theory like that. You only have access to the most recent episodes and you get all the same commercial time as you do on regular old school TV Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yep, it's a huge scam. Make it free with commercials or paid commercial free or limited commercials if you must, but it sucked watching Supergirl that way last year. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Man, CBS is obnoxious. If they truly cared about the fans, they'd put the series up on Netflix or Hulu here in the USA. Instead, they want us to pay for their crap service, with its crap app, that still contains crap commercials. What a pile of crap.
  • What makes you think they care about the fans? They don't. They don't care about the franchise or the legacy of its creator either. They care about one thing, dollar dollar bills, yo! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Exactly. All you have to do is look at the new movies and fan film "guidelines" to see that Posted via the Android Central App
  • They may prosper but this isn't gonna live long. Not paying extra for one show. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Well put! Seems money grubbing CBS will make this new series DOA. Posted via Android Central App
  • Patience grasshopper..the more we boycott their **** service the more they're gonna realize their error their ways. When viewership of their show fails in the US, what do you think they'll do?? They can't make money on their fan base folks, if they aren't there to watch it in the first place... On My Note 4
  • Not sure I would watch this show or not, probably not honestly. But having to pay $5.99 per month to watch a show I'm not really interested in will obviously bring those odds down to 0%.
    I get networks trying to push their own streaming avenues, but how does this do anything other than piss off people who pay for those channels in their cable package? Those cable bills aren't getting cheaper and I get more people are cutting the cord every day, but their are still millions and millions of people who still are paying for cable packages.
  • Sadly i will have to wait till it comes put on blueray. If im gonna pay for episodes might as well have a hard copy. Posted via the Android Central App
  • I'm in the same boat Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's my plan. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • What a way to give the show a handicap. The ratings in the US will be low and they'll likely give the franchise a bad name. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Too bad about it not being 190 countries including the US and Canada.
  • YEEEEEEESSSSSSSS! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Try not to get *too* excited lol. That way disappointment lies. My pessimist/realist personal motto is "hope for the best, expect the worst". It doesn't always work. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Hopefully someone at CBS is paying attention to the internet. I haven't seen anyone who has said, "yes this seems good. I'll pay for this." Especially now that the rest of the world will get it included in Netflix. Lame. Posted via the Android Central App
  • To be honest though, it is a taste of the medicine the rest of the world usually gets I don't like it, but it should give you something to think about... Posted via the Android Central App
  • Interesting, I thought there would be tons of comments complaining about coming here to get their Android news fix and not this fluff. I guess everything is subjective. Posted via the Android Central App
  • No, that level of hatred is reserved primarily for Poke Mon Go these days lol Posted via the Android Central App
  • Ill be downloading the series on torrent!
  • You could just buy the BluRay and support the show. Posted via the Android Central App (Motorola Nexus 6 - US Cellular)
  • OK, so, how do you trick Netflix into thinking you're not in the U.S.? Anyone?
  • Using a VPN with a dedicated IP. Wait, who said that? Posted via the Android Central App
  • The chrome browser on your PC used to have a plug-in that allows you to change your region as well. I read a few months back it still worked. People used it for netflix.
  • I think they fixed that patch because someone's loud mouth on the inter webs trumpeted with a big exclamation mark, but not necessarily you sir.. On My Note 4
  • Some of us can change our Netflix country.  ;)
  • I already pay $50 a month for DirecTV, why can't we get the series on the regular CBS channel? They don't make enough with commercials??
  • Simple. They think you'll pay more. Posted via the Android Central App
  • CBS = Charge Big and proSper :) Screw 'em...
  • I was a CBS customer for the better part of a year. I got emails for over a year in a feeble attempt to get me back. A bad UI and stuck with commercials even though I was paying a subscription. Garbage.
  • Live long and suck it, CBS! Posted via the Android Central App
  • Maybe we'll have to put a goatee on this series for all the bad CBS is doing it to it. It looks like a star trek series but made to do evil with.
  • CBS wants to find a new revenue stream and are using Star Trek to try and force people (most of whom will get the 99% of CBS shows free already from their local channel/cable provider) to it. Trek diehards will probably pay, but most people won't, because all-access just isn't going to give them much for the money. Then that will translate into 'disappointing ratings' for the new series. It's a nice way to kill off a series that a lot of people are really eager to see do well.