The march to Paramount+ becoming the sole streaming home of all Star Trek in the USA is taking another step in April, with the exit of another Trek show from another streaming service.
TNG leaving Netflix
The iconic hit show Star Trek: The Next Generation is saying goodbye on the Netflix streaming service in the USA. This follows three other Trek shows which left Netflix in September. Subscribers can see warnings about the impending exit, informing them all seven seasons of the series will be removed in the USA on April 2.
This leaves Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as the sole Star Trek show left on the streaming service after all five live-action shows had been available on Netflix for a decade. DS9 is now the only Star Trek show available outside of Paramount+ in the USA, as all five live-action shows were removed from Hulu and Amazon Prime Video in January. And DS9 will almost certainly be leaving Netflix in the USA as soon as the license expires.
This pulling back of Star Trek licensing with third-party streaming services is part of an avowed strategy of Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS) to make their key franchises and assets available only on their own streaming service. This trend will likely happen overseas as Paramount+ expands globally. Last December, CEO Bob Bakish pointed to buying back the international streaming rights of Star Trek: Discovery as an example of “leveraging our particular franchises and original production for our owned and operated streaming assets, principally Paramount+.”
Star Trek: The Next Generation is also shown on Pluto TV, Paramount’s popular live streaming service, which includes a dedicated Star Trek channel. Next Generation and other Star Trek shows are also broadcast in syndication through the H&I Channel. However, Paramount+ will be the sole home in the USA for subscription on-demand streaming for TNG, as it is for all other Star Trek television shows, both classic and the new original series. Paramount+ is also home to the Star Trek feature film library, however, due to old licensing agreements periodically some films exit the service for brief periods.
While likely just a coincidence, The Next Generation’s removal from Netflix will arrive midway through the second season of the Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Picard, which premiered yesterday, and it will fall just a month before the debut of the next original show, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.
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