At the beginning of October, the first ten Star Trek feature films exited the Paramount+ streaming service in the USA. Now we know where they are going.
Star Trek Max
Fans looking to binge-watch the Star Trek movie franchise will have to subscribe to the HBO Max streaming service (or the HBO premium cable network). Starting November 1, HBO will have all six TOS-era movies, including the recent Director’s Cut of Star Trek: The Motion Picture, as well as all four TNG-era Star Trek movies.
As of today, Paramount+ offers two Star Trek films: 2009’s Star Trek, and 2013’s Star Trek Into Darkness. 2016’s Star Trek Beyond is currently streaming on AMC+.
The move to HBO is part of a previously agreed licensing deal that predates the 2021 launch of Paramount+. The movies will likely remain on HBO for a few months followed by some or all returning to Paramount+. It was November of 2021 when Paramount Plus+ finally first had the full 13-film library available to stream, but since then, prior licensing deals have resulted in various Trek films exiting, only to return later. The last mass migration happened last summer when the first 10 films moved to AMC+, only to return to Paramount+ in the fall.
It is expected that these kinds of deals will end so that Paramount Global can have better control over its own content. There are a number of licensing agreements that will be expiring in the next few years, including a deal with Epix for recent film releases in 2024 and the mega-deal for South Park on HBO Max that ends in 2025. Just last week, an analysis by The Wrap cited these licensing deals as one of the reasons Paramount Global hasn’t been a serious acquisition target, summarizing “A potential suitor would need to pony up top dollar for a company that isn’t in full control of many of its biggest hits for several years.”
Even in the era of streaming, there is nothing unusual about third party licensing deals; however, Paramount Global (previously CBS and ViacomCBS) has made a major investment into developing exclusive Star Trek content for their own streaming service. Star Trek is often cited as one of the company’s most important franchises, and Paramount+ now touts itself as the exclusive home of the entire Star Trek television franchise after it let licensing deals with Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video lapse, with the final deal expiring in July of this year. The service has never promised to be the exclusive home of ALL Star Trek content including the feature films, but it’s likely that will happen (eventually) once they get past all of these prior commitments.
You can always buy and rent
The Star Trek movies are also available digitally for rent or purchase via Amazon, Apple, Google and other digital distributors. If you want to be sure to have access to the Star Trek movies, you can pick them up on DVD, Blu-ray, and even 4K UHD Blu-ray. The 2020 collection of the first 10 movies is available on Blu-ray at Amazon for $45.00. Recently Paramount released a six-movie collection of the TOS films on 4K UHD Blu-ray, available on Amazon for $95.89.
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