Netflix will stream CBS' new Star Trek series all around the world

Star Trek fans around the world clamoring for CBS' new take on the universe have an unexpected party to thank for the show's international availability: Netflix. The streaming giant announced today that it's obtained the international rights to the new Star Trek in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada), a deal that'll see new episodes premiering on Netflix less than 24 hours after they make their domestic debut on CBS All Access, the network's own paid streaming platform. Netflix has also secured the rights to all 727 episodes of Star Trek already made, including episodes from the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. Those shows will be available for streaming around the world on Netflix by the end of 2016.

This deal answers one of the biggest questions surrounding the new Star Trek show's home on CBS All Access. (The first episode is premiering on CBS proper before the show moves to All Access.) Because All Access has a relatively small audience and is limited to the US, it wasn't clear how the show was going to make its way around the world. (Canadian viewers will be able to watch the show and the old Star Trek collections on CraveTV, a Canada-specific streaming service.) Now that Netflix has jumped in to sate worldwide Trekkies, it sets an interesting precedent for the other All Access-exclusive shows in development. Will The Good Wife's upcoming All Access spinoff receive the same kind of streaming treatment without Star Trek's enduring international popularity? It's hard to say. Star Trek is premiering on CBS in January 2017.

"The launch of the new Star Trek will truly be a global television event," said CBS Studios International president and CEO Armando Nuñez in a statement. "This international partnership will provide fans around the world... the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the US. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new Star Trek will definitely be 'hailing on all frequencies' throughout the planet."

Update July 18th, 9:45AM ET: This post has been updated to reflect the show's Canadian availability.


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So US and Canada will still have to pay for CBS All Access… BAH!

CBS is only in the US, Bell bought the rights for Canada.

click bait misleading title, keep up the good work! How are those bounce rates?

I don’t quite get why this is clickbait.

Oh, I just saw that this won’t work for US and Canada. Never mind.

Being outside the US, I wouldn’t call this clickbait

Weirdly, 19 out of 20 people are outside the US at any given moment.

Yeah, it’s the most popular website on earth.

Yup, they got me, ugh.

You can’t really say ‘’All around the world’’ and then say ‘’but not in North America’’

It’ll play in North America since Mexico will get it via Netflix

If North America can get away with calling a domestic sports championship "the World Series", then it’s only fair that the rest of us get to occasionally use "the world" to refer to everything else.

The teams may be domestic(plus Toronto), but the players aren’t. 28% of players on opening day rosters were foreign born. It is the world’s premiere baseball league.

Seriously though, the only 2 countries outside of North America with any significant baseball culture are Japan and South Korea, and the World Series had already existed for over 4 decades before baseball was brought to Asia by America GIs after WW2.

Excellent news!!!!

Well, I got excited for a second. When I first heard that the new show was going to be exclusive to CBS’s own streaming service, I immediately wrote it off. Time to take my emotions back to square one.

188 countries minus 2 is still "all around the world". Don’t get too butthurt, commenters.

Time to find a proxy IP address Netflix doesn’t know about yet…

Doesn’t help.

I use vpn with Netflix all the time. Works just fine.

Just download it. Why play around with them? Until Hollywood learns to be reasonable, just use The Pirate Bay.

Good luck CBS.

"will provide fans around the world… the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the US."

Actually, they will have the opportunity to watch it for free as soon as it airs.

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