It has been a long wait but Star Trek: The Next Generation is finally on iTunes. The first season was added today – in HD. More details on that, plus a round-up of all the Star Trek: TNG and Enterprise home video Blu-ray release info for March and April.
Star Trek: TNG Season 1 Now on iTunes
For years the sole Star Trek series that wasn’t available on iTunes for digital download was Star Trek: The Next Generation. That changed today with the release of the first season of the show, available for download in both HD (720 and 1080) and Standard Def. Season 1 costs $69.99 in HD with individual episodes costing $2.99 each. The TNG available on iTunes is the same remastered version of the series which was released on Blu-ray last year. Presumably additional seasons will be added to iTunes some time after their release on Blu-ray. Visit iTunes to get your HD TNG Season 1.
TNG (Season 1) finally on iTunes
TNG HD Streaming on Hulu
Late last year CBS finally cut a deal with Hulu adding it to Netflix and Amazon Prime as streaming options for the entire Star Trek TV catalog. The Trek streaming started in January and like with Amazon and Netflix, the original Star Trek and Enterprise are available in HD. However, some readers have noticed that (unlike with Amazon and Netflix) the first two seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation streaming are also streaming in HD.
Star Trek: The Next Generation on Hulu & Hulu Plus (first two seasons in HD)
For all of Star Trek on Hulu, the first season of each show is available for free streaming (with commercials), and additional seasons are only available with Hulu Plus which costs $7.99/month (and also has advertising). Visit the Star Trek page on Hulu for more info.
As for why Hulu is getting TNG in HD, it is possibly due to the fact that their deal with CBS was done late last year after the TNG HD project started. It is possible that if Netflix and Amazon extend (or append) their deals with CBS, that HD could be added to those services as well.
Season 1 of TNG on Blu-ray is available from Amazon currently for $67.97 and Season 2 is $71.97.
Reminder: Enterprise S1 Blu-ray March x & TNG S3 & Best of Both Worlds Blu-ray & screenings in April
There is a lot more Star Trek home video for March and April, so here are some reminders…
First up is the first season of Star Trek: Enterprise on Blu-ray, coming March 26th. The new set includes brand new special features and commentaries.
"Star Trek: Enterprise" S1 Blu-ray trailer
Enterprise S1 Blu-ray Featurette clip
And on April 30th the third season of Star Trek: The Next Generation comes to Blu-ray. CBS continues their remastering of the series with what many feel to be one of the best seasons of the show. Like the previous two seasons, the new set is full of new special features.
Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3 Blu-ray trailer
You can pre-order TNG S3 at Amazon – discounted to $91 (due April 30th).
Also due on April 30th is the Blu-ray special edition of the two-part Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Best of Both Worlds" with new special features and a brand new commentary.
Video demo of folding cover
"Best of Both Worlds" Blu-ray trailer
You can pre-order The Best of Both Worlds Blu-ray discounted to $15.99 (due April 30th).
And one final reminder that Star Trek: The Next Generation is getting another big screen event on Thursday April 25th with a showing of the two-parter "The Best of Both Worlds" at theaters nationwide (7:00 PM showings). The one-night only event will also include exclusive clips about the making of The Best of Both Worlds and Star Trek: The Next Generation Season 3.
"UPDATE: Longer Best of Both Worlds" event trailer
Buy tickets for Star Trek: The Next Generation – The Best of Both Worlds online at fathomevents.com/#!star-trek-best-of-both-worlds.
Thanks to Tom for the iTunes tip and to the TrekMovie twitter followers for the Hulu tip