It’s been a summer of ups and downs for fans of the Star Trek franchise, and today’s news regarding CBS’ new Trek series continues along a similar, bittersweet path.
CBS and Netflix announced in a press release that the two networks are teaming up to bring the upcoming revival series overseas, broadcasting the episodes internationally on Netflix, 24 hours after the episodes air on CBS’ streaming service, All Access.
This deal delivers the show to 188 countries via Netflix, the U.S. and Canada not included.
This is exciting for Trekkies across the globe who would otherwise not be able to view the new series through CBS All Access, but it is a little disappointing to fans in the U.S. and Canada who are still reeling over having to pay $5.99 a month to CBS in order to see the show.
“‘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.,” Armando Nuñez, CEO of CBS Studios International said in a statement. “Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new ‘Star Trek’ will definitely be ‘hailing on all frequencies’ throughout the planet.”
However you feel about the revival series and it’s location for viewing, it’s important to appreciate the deal with Netflix for what it is. Star Trek’s fanbase is dedicated and passionate, and the new show’s premiere this January will be a turning point in the 50-year lifespan of an already beloved universe.
What are your thoughts on the new series as a whole? Are you a diehard Star Trek fan, but not interested in paying for the new episodes? Let’s talk in the comments below, or find me on Twitter @bekahbabble.
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