CBS’ New (and Old!) Star Trek Series to Stream Internationally on Netflix


CBS’ still untitled upcoming Star Trek series has found another home: 188 of them, to be exact. 

In an announcement yesterday, Netflix dropped the news that each episode of the new series would become available on the streaming site in 188 countries worldwide. And not only that, each episode will be released on Netflix within 24 hours of its debut in the US. This is fantastic news for global fans who would not otherwise have access to the show, as it will be streamed exclusively via CBS’ on-demand streaming app, All Access.

However, is there a catch to this out-of-this-world announcement? There sure is. The global deal excludes Canada and the US, so American viewers will need to get a subscription to CBS All Access in order to watch live. Canadians—who also can’t access CBS All Access (the name is starting to sound a little misguided)—aren’t left in a lurch, however. The series will premiere nationally on CTV at the same time the first episode will air on CBS (the only episode to be shown on the channel and not the app). All subsequent episodes will air in Canada on Space (for English viewers) and Z (for French viewers).

But for the rest of the world, who often get relegated to seeing shows weeks and months after they air in North America, Netflix has scored a huge victory. Sean Carey, the streaming site’s VP of Global Television, had this to say about the news:

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.

As shields on top of the starship, all five Star Trek television series will also be brought to Netflix worldwide (the US, and recently Canada, already have this honor). All 727 episodes will be available on the service by the end of 2016, right before the new show kicks off in January 2017. Let’s hope the existing series’ hit the site as early as possible, or else international viewers will be forced to binge-watch at warp speeds.

The new Star Trek was co-created by Bryan Fuller and Alex Kurtzman, who are also among the executive producers for the show.