ViacomCBS has made Paramount+ the primary focus of its business and this summer has greatly expanded its offering of feature films, especially films produced by Paramount Pictures. Starting in June Paramount+ in the USA has added hundreds of new movies each month, including over 400 new titles for August. While the total number of films is growing, some films have also been leaving the service.
As of June all six of The Original Series feature films along with all four of The Next Generation feature films were included in Paramount+. The latest film – Star Trek Beyond – was also added in June, with Star Trek Into Darkness added in late July, leaving the first J.J. Abrams Star Trek film the sole film not part of the streaming service.
However as August rolled in, instead of the film catalog finally being complete, all of the TOS and TNG movies disappeared. The six TOS movies and all but one of the TNG movies are now available exclusively on the AMC+ streaming service. Generations also left Paramount+ but is now not available to stream anywhere. In July Paramount+ did offer some warning that the films had a limited time on the service, sending out a tweet saying you can stream them until the end of the month. So, as of now only Beyond and Into Darkness remain on Paramount+.
The home of Star Trek*
Having the streaming rights to movies move from one service to another is nothing new and certainly not unique to Paramount movies in general or the Star Trek films in particular, which have been migrating around most of the popular services for the last few years. And it appears that a previously agreed-upon deal with AMC is taking the Trek movies away for now. It’s possible this and more streaming licensing deals were made by Paramount and Viacom prior to the 2019 re-merger with CBS, which led to the 2021 launch of Paramount+. It isn’t clear how long the films will be streaming with AMC+ or even if they will come back to Paramount+ when the AMC deal ends.
Consolidating IP is a challenge in the evolving streaming wars, but others have been able to make this work, most notably Disney, which has brought Marvel, Pixar, and Star Wars films into the Disney+ streaming service. And ViacomCBS has an opportunity to make the Paramount+ service the true home of Star Trek not just for the classic and new original television series, but the films as well. Star Trek is a critical brand for ViacomCBS, as evidenced by the latest $160 million deal for producer Alex Kurtzman to continue expanding the Star Trek Universe, as well as at least two Star Trek feature films in development at Paramount Pictures, with one arriving in less than two years.
Paramount+ has made it a key differentiator that you can get “every episode of Star Trek” on Paramount+ (see below Tweet). It is time to take the next step and make it the permanent home of every movie as well. And perhaps we have seen a glimmer of hope they are headed in this direction as Paramount+ will exclusively debut the 4k/HDR remaster Robert Wise’s Directors Edition of Star Trek: The Motion Picture in early 2022.
— Star Trek on Paramount+ (@StarTrekOnPPlus) March 4, 2021
New Star Trek in August on Paramount+
Of course, there is good news for Star Trek fans on Paramount+ in August, with the premiere of season two of Star Trek: Lower Decks arriving on the 12th. There is more original programming coming this month as well as more movies, just not Star Trek movies. See some of the highlights in the promo video released today.
Keep up with all the Star Trek streaming news at TrekMovie.com.