Netflix to stream new Star Trek series
NETFLIX said on Monday it would beam the new series of cult sci-fi franchise Star Trek to 188 countries across the world, excluding the
United States and Canada.
Each episode will be available globally within 24 hours of its premiere on the paid subscription service of US network CBS.
"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 California-based Netflix, said.
Netflix announced, however, that its US and Canadian services would not be part of the exclusive premiere deal with
CBS Studios International.
The new Star Trek, which begins filming in Toronto
in September ahead of a premiere planned for January next year, will be the franchise's first new outing
in more than a decade,
featuring a new spaceship
and new characters.
As part of the agreement, all 727 episodes of the
Star Trek back catalogue, including the original series and spin-offs like The Next Generation and Deep Space Nine, will be available
on Netflix worldwide
by the end of this year.
In the US, the new
Star Trek will premiere on the CBS television network.
The premiere episode and the rest of the series will then move to CBS All Access, the network's digital subscription video-on-demand service.
The original Star Trek told the story of the flight crew aboard the USS Enterprise spaceship, which ventured around the galaxy exploring new worlds.
It snowballed into a cultural phenomenon in the 1970s and 1980s, making household names of the late Leonard Nimoy, who played the half-human, half-Vulcan
Mr Spock, and William Shatner, who played
Captain James T. Kirk.
The announcement comes amid burgeoning demand for streaming video services.
Netflix says it has about 81 million subscribers in 190 countries, with more
than half in the US.