The digitally remastered Star Trek The Original Series is about to take its first trip overseas. Starting July 21st TOS-R will be airing on the satellite channel BS2 (part of Japanese Broadcasting Corp. – NHK). The show will be using the same airing order used for USA syndication.
The announcement (translated from the Japanese) on the NHK site describes the show:
Since it was first aired in 1966, Star Trek has captured the imagination of millions of fans around the world with its unique vision. For its 40th anniversary, the Original Series has been digitally remastered and will be aired in Japan from July 2007. The newly visualised USS Enterprise is a must see!
The show will air dubbed into Japanese using the original dubbing voice work. It isn’t clear if it will be in HD or SD, but BS2 is HD capable and the HD TVs in Japan have a very high penetration.
Beginning of more foreign markets?
The fact that CBS have sold the show to Japan shows that this is the beginning of making the show available outside the US. Last fall show producer David La Fountaine told TrekMovie.com that the show would not end up in foreign markets or on DVD until 2008, but apparently both of those have been moved forward. It is worth noting that the official press release for the DVDs only mentioned Japan and the USA for distribution so it may be that Japan is getting special treatment. However, we have also received an unconfirmed report that the DVDs will be available in Europe by the end of the year as well. TrekMovie.com will try and find out if Japan is a one off, or if Europeans and others can expect to see TOS-R this year as well.
This video on YouTube says it is the Japanese remastered opening
A big domo arigato to Keiko Saito for the tip, research and translation (poor Keiko lives in the UK and is lamenting that it has yet to show up there)