Star Trek

Star Trek reboot beams up to SVOD

The deal between Netflix and CBS strays from the binge-watch format to one that brings fresh episodes to the SVOD weekly.
July 18, 2016

For Star Trek fans outside of the U.S. and Canada hoping to watch the coming linear reboot of the sci-fi classic, Netflix plans to make it so.

The all-new Star Trek series will be available exclusively on Netflix in 188 out of its 190 territories. In a break from its traditional “binge-watching” format, where a full season of programming becomes available all at once, the SVOD will be releasing each episode of the new series online within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.

In the U.S., the series will air on CBS, and will be available on CBS’s streaming service CBS All Access.

In Canada, it will air on Bell Media-owned networks CTV and Space. It will not be available on Netflix at all in either country.

The windowing deal with the SVOD is designed to allow global audiences to experience the series at the same time as TV watchers rather than having to wait for the end of the season.

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.,” said Armando Nuñez, president and CEO of CBS Studios International, in a statement.

In addition to the new series, all 727 existing episodes of Gene Roddenberry’s long-running Star Trek franchise, from the original series to Enterprise, will be available on Netflix globally by the end of 2016.

The new series will begin production in Toronto in September in time for its January 2017 premier. The series was co-created and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman (who co-wrote and produced the recent Star Trek and Star Trek: Into Darkness films) and Bryan Fuller, and produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kutzman’s prodco Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth serve as executive producers.

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