Star Trek took another step into the world of online streaming today with the announcement that starting in April episodes from all the Star Trek TV series will become available on Netflix. Details below.
Star Trek TV headed to Netflix Streaming [UPDATED]
Today CBS Corporation and Netflix, Inc. announced a major licensing agreement that will allow episodes from select TV shows from CBS’s library to be streamed instantly from Netflix. The official announcement notes that the streaming deal includes "episodes from all generations of the definitive sci-fi series, "Star Trek"", meaning the offering will include the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. TrekMovie has checked with a spokesperson for Netflix who confirmed that they will be offering a "representative selection from each [Star Trek] series", but Netflix is not yet confirming how many episodes from each series will be available.
The Star Trek content will be available on Netflix in early April. Also included in the deal are episodes from sci-fi/cult shows Medium, The Twilight Zone and Twin Peaks as well as episodes from other CBS series including Flashpoint, Frasier, Family Ties, Cheers, The Andy Griffith Show, and the original Hawaii Five-0. The CBS licensing deal is for two years, with an option to be extended for an additional two years. Paramount also has a streaming deal with Netflix, which currently includes five out of the eleven Star Trek feature films. Netflix streaming-only subscriptions cost $7.99 and all streaming on Netflix is commercial-free. Netflix also has every Star Trek season and movie available for DVD (plus the movies and seasons which were released on Blu-ray).
UPDATE: All episodes?
In the afternoon the official Netflix Twitter sent out a tweet saying "Hey Trekkies – You can now instantly watch all original @StarTrek episodes streaming from @Netflix. Live long and prosper." Hopefully this confirms that the Netflix streaming offering will be all-inclusive with every episode of every Star Trek series.
More Trek streaming to come?
CBS also offers every episode of the original Star Trek, Star Trek Enterprise and Star Trek: The Animated series for ad-supported streaming at CBS.com and other CBS sites. With episodes of TNG, DS9 and Voyager coming to Netflix, it is possible these series will finally be added to the CBS offering of ad-supported streaming.
The CBS release also notes that the Netflix deal is non-exclusive so it is possible that we could see Star Trek streaming with other services. It just so happens that today Amazon announced their own "Amazon Prime" online streaming service, which includes 5,000 TV and movie titles (vs. Netflix’s 11,565 titles). The new Amazon service’s initial offering does not include CBS or Paramount titles. CBS has also not yet signed on to the popular Hulu (or Hulu Plus) streaming service.