Star Trek’s transition away from being available on multiple streaming services will soon be complete with Deep Space Nine exiting Netflix at the end of June.
Trek’s Netflix decade ends
Netflix has revealed that all seven seasons of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine will be leaving the streaming service on July 1st. It was the last Star Trek series available on the streamer after TOS, Voyager and Enterprise left last September and TNG was removed in December. Subscribers can see the notification for the removal of DS9 when selecting the series.
This is an end of an era for Star Trek and Netflix. CBS (now Paramount Global) was an early adopter to licensing content to the streaming service, with all five live-action Star Trek shows joining Netflix in 2011. Late last year ViacomCBS also ended its co-production agreement for the original series Star Trek: Discovery, buying back the international distribution rights. However, as of now, the legacy Star Trek shows are still available internationally on Netflix.
It’s all about Paramount+
Following the Netflix deal, CBS also licensed all legacy Star Trek shows to both Amazon Prime Video and Hulu in the USA. These licenses all remained even after the launch of CBS All Access (now Paramount+) in 2014, however, in January of this year, all Star Trek exited Hulu and Prime Video as well. So, as of July 1, Paramount+ will be the exclusive USA subscription streaming home for all the Star Trek television shows, both legacy shows, and the new original series. There is also a Star Trek channel on Pluto TV, the ad-supported live streaming service owned by Paramount.
This is all part of a stated goal for Paramount Global to move away from licensing to third parties and to keep their owned content on their own streaming services. This has become a trend among the big media companies in the USA. And while Star Trek content continues to be available internationally on Netflix and Prime Video in many markets, it is probable the global expansion of Paramount+ will follow the same pattern.
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