The Star Trek library is leaving a third USA streaming service; this time it’s Hulu.
Trek TV saying goodbye Hulu
The USA-based Hulu has offered five live-action Star Trek series as part of its paid subscription service for most of the last decade, but that will all end in early January. Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise are all leaving the Disney-controlled streamer on January 5, 2022. Each of the shows now carries an expiration warning, counting down to that day.
It’s all about Paramount+
The Star Trek TV exit from Hulu will come just days after the same five shows will be removed from the Amazon Prime Video subscription service in the USA. Three Trek shows left Netflix in September with The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine expected to be removed as soon as their licensing deal with ViacomCBS expires. Even after launching CBS All Access in 2014, the Star Trek library of television shows also continued to remain available on the three big streaming services continually for the last seven years. But with the 2021 rebranding as Paramount+ and a new focus on streaming, third-party licensing is no longer favored by ViacomCBS. This is an industry trend with the major content producers also seen with WarnerMedia/HBOMax, Comcast/Peacock, and Disney+.
This pulling back of Star Trek licensing with third-party streaming services is part of an avowed strategy of ViacomCBS to make their key franchises and assets available only on their own streaming service, Paramount+. And it isn’t just Star Trek. Other ViacomCBS shows are also exiting Hulu in January including The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, I Love Lucy and others. However, many more remain for the time being, including popular shows like Cheers, Frasier, and CSI.
But with all the Star Trek feature films and all the television series, including new original Trek shows, Paramount+ will soon be the sole home for streaming Star Trek in the USA.
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