Some good news for Netflix subscribers in Australia.
Netflix has signed a landmark international licensing agreement with CBS Studios International in order to stream each episode of the new Star Trek series in 188 countries within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.
It’s great news for Netflix Trekkies around the world, although those in the U.S. and Canada will not be as lucky. Viewers in the U.S. will have to tune into CBS Television Network when the series kicks off in January 2017, or sign up for CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service, for the premiere and subsequent episodes.
“Star Trek is one of the most iconic shows in television history and we’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the beloved series to Trekkies around the world,” Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television at Netflix, said in a statement.
“The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”
The licensing agreement is yet another big step in the team-up between the sci-fi brand and Netflix. The streaming giant will also have every episode of the Star Trek TV library, which includes Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, available by the end of 2016.
Alex Kurtzman (co-writer/producer of J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek & Star Trek Into Darkness) and Bryan Fuller (writer on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager) are on board as co-creators on the new outing, which will be based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series.
“The launch of the new Star Trek will truly be a global television event,” CBS Studios International President and CEO Armando Nuñez said in his statement.
“Star Trek is already a worldwide phenomenon and this international partnership will provide fans around the world, who have been craving a new series for more than a decade, the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the U.S. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new Star Trek will definitely be ‘hailing on all frequencies’ throughout the planet.”