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.

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.

  • So, this means it might be money better spent to subscribe to a VPN than CBS?
  • Unfortunately, Netflix does a pretty good job blocking VPNs from accessing their content.
  • Canada doesn't have access to CBS All Access on since its not available in Canada so iMore how will us Canadians be able to watch the new Star Trek
  • On CTV.
  • According to MobileSyrup, the first episode will air on CTV and subsequent episodes will be on Space Channel.
  • CBS all access is crap. Just put it on regular cbs. No way in **** am I paying for broadcast tv quality shows. Sent from the iMore App
  • I will watch but I don't expect much. Out of all the Star Trek spin-offs, none of them have the quality, the stories or even the same basic approach as the original. They all take after the Star Trek movies more than TOS and all are fairly crappy in retrospect. In particular, all Star Trek spin-offs are increasingly militarised, and the further one gets from the source material, the more military they get. "Enterprise" being the worst Star Trek series of all, the worst offender, and the most jingoistic pro-military of the lot. The recent movies fall into place as the two most militaristic versions of the Star Trek universe. So, expecting them to produce a quality show with real science fiction storylines like TOS, is probably a pipe dream. It will likely be more of the same space-opera, poorly acted with forgettable plots, and no one will give a **** five years after it's over. The enterprise will probably be even "darker" with even more do-dads and blinking lights glued on the outside of the balsa-wood model, everyone will salute a lot and carry cool guns, and it will be the same as every other "science-fiction" show ever.
  • You don't think The Next Generation was well done? It was FAR beyond the quality of the original series.....not even close.
  • Yet another company in the US that wants you to subscribe to its stand alone streaming service. Sorry CBS I'll pass. Even if the new show is the greatest of the whole series I'm not subscribing. Media companies wonder why people pirate their content.
  • If it's good I may buy the series if it's available on iTunes. If not I'll just wait for it in a few years on Netflix U.S. If not available there I guess I'll never see it. No biggie. Sent from the iMore App