CBS’ new Star Trek series is boldly going global by way of a little company called Netflix.
The streaming giant has acquired exclusive international rights to Bryan Fuller’s in-the-works Star Trek series, a deal which will beam the anticipated project to 188 countries (excluding the U.S. and Canada) 24 hours of its stateside premiere. In Canada, meanwhile, the series will be available on Bell Media.
Star Trek episodes will unspool weekly on CBS All Access after initially launching with a two-hour episode on CBS in January 2017. According to CBS, “The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966.”
Another facet of the big CBS-Netflix deal: All 727 existing episodes of the 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 globally by the end of 2016.