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Just as TrekMovie scooped, this morning Netflix began streaming hundreds of Star Trek episodes. As of now all of the original Star Trek series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek Voyager, and Star Trek Enterprise are available for commercial-free streaming to Netflix subscribers.
Netflix Begins Streaming Every Star Trek Episode
Netflix has just made it easier to watch Star Trek. Right now TOS, TNG, Voyager and Enterprise are streaming (Deep Space Nine will be available on October 1st). Each series gets its own page at Netflix.com, with tabs for the seasons. You can add the series to your instant queue (which will make it available on all your Netflix-ready devices) and/or you can just click the little play button next to any episode. Each episode streams commercial-free and is available to Netflix subscribers in the USA (sorry Canada).
As noted before, this is the first time that Star Trek: The Next Generation has been available digitally, as that series is not even on iTunes. It is also the first time that Voyager is available via streaming. Both the original Star Trek and Star Trek: Enterprise are already available for streaming on CBS.com, but with commercials. Both the original Star Trek and Star Trek Enterprise are being shown in HD (720P). This means that even if you have DVD sets for Enterprise, you can get a better picture if you watch the Netflix streaming. And if you were wondering, the original Star Trek episodes on Netflix are the "remastered" versions, with the new CGI effects (see below).
Netflix currently has over 20 million subscribers in the US, and the list continues to grow. Now it will be easy for any of these subscribers to check out an episode or review an entire Star Trek series. This will be great for building new (and renewed) fans of Star Trek. And even for hardcore fans who already have every Star Trek DVD set, Netflix streaming means you can watch any Star Trek episode wherever you go via your mobile device (iPhones, iPads, Android phones & tablets, and Windows 7 phones).
It should be noted that as today is the first day, there may a few kinks to iron out with the addition of hundreds of new episodes. I noticed some episodes could not yet come up on mobile devices. And the closed-caption subtitles have not yet been implemented across every Star Trek series yet. But Netflix is aware of the issues and should have them sorted out soon.
You can watch all of these streaming Star Trek episodes (along with thousands of other movies and TV shows) with a computer or with a Netflix-ready TV, XBox360, PS3, Wii, mobile device or other Netflix-ready devices. All streaming video on Netflix is show commercial free. Streaming-only subscriptions to Netflix cost $7.99/month (DVD/Blu-ray+streaming subscriptions start at $9.99/month). More info at Netflix.com.