CBS has widened the offerings for their All Access subscription streaming service, which will be home to their upcoming show Star Trek: Discovery. They have started to add movies to what was previously a library of TV content.
The initial list of films is very limited with only 16 titles. Notably five of the titles are Star Trek films: The Motion Picture, The Voyage Home, The Undiscovered Country, Generations and First Contact. None of those titles are currently available for streaming on Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon Prime in the US.
Building a ‘well-rounded’ service for Star Trek fans
The other titles that CBS All Access is starting with are a mix of recent and classic films, also licensed from Paramount. The inclusion of the Star Trek films is of course no accident, as evidenced by this comment to TechCrunch from CBS Interactive President Marc DeBevoise:
“We’ve begun to expand CBS All Access’s content offering to include a selection of film titles relevant to our audience, such as a number of films from the Star Trek franchise. Our goal for CBS All Access is to provide and continually build a well-rounded service for our subscribers.”
So it appears that CBS is especially keen to cater to Star Trek fans, which is no surprise as the CEO of CBS recently said he expects the launch of Star Trek: Discovery to bring the subscriber numbers up from the current estimate of around 1.5 million to their goal of 4 million.
CBS says it will continue to expand its offering of films, but of course the library is likely to be dominated by TV content. CBS All Access now offers around 8,500 episodes from current CBS series and shows from the CBS archive, including the entire Star Trek television library.
Star Trek: Discovery will be the second original show for CBS All Access, following The Good Fight, which just wrapped up its first season and a second has already announced. CBS is also committed to launching additional original programming for All Access.
CBS All Access is available for $5.99 per month with limited commercials or $9.99 without commercials. It is available on your computer, iOS, Android and other streaming devices. There is a 1-week free trial available. More information at cbs.com/all-access.
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