Paramount Global is taking a two-pronged approach to its streaming strategy in Europe. Paramount+ is launching in most of the biggest markets, covering about half of the total population of Europe. For the rest of the continent, Paramount is partnering with Comcast for the SkyShowtime joint venture streaming service which features a selection of content from Paramount and NBCUniversal. SkyShowtime includes some Star Trek content, but not everything that is included in Paramount+. The service has already launched in a few countries with more coming in December and into 2023.
SkyShowtime arrives with some Star Trek content
SkyShowtime is currently available in the Nordic countries, the Netherlands and Portugal. When it comes to new Paramount+ Star Trek shows, the service includes the first season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds and the first half of season one of Star Trek: Prodigy. However, it does not offer Star Trek: Discovery and a spokesperson for SkyShowtime confirmed with TrekMovie that “SkyShowtime hasn’t acquired this title from the franchise.” It isn’t known if or when that decision would change. As for Lower Decks and Picard, those shows continue to be available on Amazon Prime Video throughout Europe.
When it comes to the latest Star Trek episodes, SkyShowtime is not currently adding them to the service as they are released weekly on Paramount+. This means that for Prodigy, episodes from the second half of season two are not yet being added to SkyShowtime. Presumably, the episodes will show up on the service after the season wraps up in December, however, the spokesperson for SkyShowtime has not been able to confirm this. It is also unknown how SkyShowtime will handle the release of season two of Strange New Worlds in 2023.
SkyShowtime is also launching with a limited selection of legacy Star Trek content, currently offering all seven seasons of Star Trek: The Next Generation and four Star Trek feature films: Nemesis and the three Kelvin-era JJ Abrams Trek films. The Spokesperson from SkyShowtime noted that available titles are subject to change and can vary between different countries.
Romijn and Peck at Amsterdam launch
Last Friday Strange New Worlds stars Rebecca Romijn (Number One) and Ethan Peck (Spock) were in Amsterdam for the SkyShowtime launch event. Here is a video of them talking about bringing the show to the service.
SkyShowtime launching in more countries in Europe
SkyShowtime will launch in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia, and Slovenia on the 14th of December. Albania, Czech Republic, Hungary, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia will all be getting SkyShowtime in February of 2023. Launches in Spain and Andora are also planned for 2023.
SkyShowtime is priced at €6.99/month in European countries that use the Euro. It is priced at SEK 79 in Sweden, NOK 79 in Norway, and DKK 69 in Denmark.
For more details visit skyshowtime.com. And here is more video from last Friday’s launch event in Amsterdam.
Paramount+ is currently available in the UK, Ireland, and Italy. Paramount+ will launch in France on December 1, followed by Germany, Switzerland, and Austria on December 8.
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