In another sign of consolidation on Paramount+, Amazon Prime Video is saying goodbye to the classic Star Trek library of television shows.
Five Star Trek shows leaving Prime
For years Amazon Prime Video in the USA has had the full library of classic live-action Star Trek shows. Like on Netflix and Hulu, you could stream every episode from Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise as part of your Amazon Prime subscription. However, that will all end soon, with all five shows leaving Prime Video in the USA at the beginning of January.
Warnings of the removal of the series can be seen currently when browsing Prime Video for any given season with a countdown of the days remaining on the Amazon streaming service. You can see examples of this below for the first seasons of TOS and Enterprise.
This Star Trek exit from Prime Video is part of a trend that started earlier this year when three Star Trek shows left Netflix in the USA in September. Recently, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish made it clear that the corporation is not renewing third-party licensing deals as they “roll off,” explaining it as part of their larger strategy of “leveraging our particular franchises and original production for our owned and operated streaming assets, principally Paramount+.”
As licensing deals for the two Trek remaining shows on Netflix and the five shows on Hulu expire, those are also expected to exit those streaming services, making Paramount+ the sole home for streaming Star Trek television, both classic and new original Star Trek series. This kind of consolidation has become a trend in the industry, with media companies making their own shows and franchises exclusive to their own streaming service, like Comcast with The Office on Peacock, and WarnerMedia with Friends for HBOMax.
While the Star Trek shows will no longer be part of the Prime Video subscription service, this will not impact any previous digital purchases of Star Trek episodes or seasons. And you will still be able to buy individual episodes and seasons through Amazon. You can also add Paramount+ to your Amazon Prime Channels lineup.
Amazon will have Picard season 2 in February
While the classic shows are leaving Prime Video in the USA, the new series Star Trek: Picard will remain on Prime Video internationally outside of North America. TrekMovie has confirmed that Prime Video will be streaming season two internationally starting in February, when the season debuts in Paramount+ in the USA. This is good news for international fans concerned over ViacomCBS pulling Picard away from Amazon Prime Video as they did with Discovery season four from Netflix last month.
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