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Looks like Netflix will not be the only place you will be able to stream Star Trek episodes commercial-free. Today CBS announced a new licensing agreement with Amazon for streaming of a number of CBS TV shows, including the "entire" Star Trek catalog of episodes. Details below.
CBS Licenses All Star Trek TV Series To Amazon Streaming
Today CBS and Amazon announced a new digital video licensing agreement to bring 2,000 episodes from the CBS library of TV shows to the Amazon Prime streaming service. An official press release details what is coming (including Star Trek):
Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library at no additional cost to their membership. With the deal, Amazon will add 2,000 episodes to grow the total number of Prime instant videos to more than 8,000 movies and television shows, and offer full seasons for 18 popular television series, including "The Tudors," "Numb3rs," "Medium," the complete "Star Trek" franchise, "Frasier" and "Cheers." Starting this summer, dozens of CBS shows will also become available to Amazon Instant Video customers.
Amazon Prime is the premium service from Amazon that offers free and discounted shipping on Amazon purchases along with a streaming video service. The service costs $79/year which works out to cheaper than Netflix’s $7.99/month streaming subscription account. However Netflix still offers a much larger catalog of streaming video and is also available on various mobile platforms. Amazon prime is only available via browser streaming and a few other TVs and devices.
Earlier this month Netflix began streaming every episode of the original Star Trek, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will be added in October. Like with the Netflix deal, the CBS Amazon deal is non-exclusive so it is possible for Star Trek to begin streaming at even more locations.
TrekMovie will do an update when there is more information known about the rollout of Star Trek on Amazon.