Star Trek is beaming onto Netflix UK. The streaming service has inked a multi-year deal with CBS Studios International to acquire the streaming rights to the entire Star Trek catalog, TVWise has learned.
Included in this bumper package, which is now available to stream, is every single episode of Star Trek, Star Trek: The Animated Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise. In a separate deal, they have also acquired all twelve feature films from Paramount Pictures.
CBS Studios International has been shopping the SVOD rights to the franchise for some time, after Amazon Prime Video UK opted not to renew their exclusive deal in 2015. The package became more desirable late last year, after CBS announced that they would be producing a new Star Trek series, shepherded by Bryan Fuller, for the US VOD service CBS All Access.
TVWise understands, however, that this bumper deal between Netflix and CBS Studios International does NOT grant them rights to the new CBS All Access series, which is subject to a heated bidding war between multiple UK broadcasters.
Star Trek occupies a rare position on CBS Studios International’s slate, in so far as it remained a huge money-maker for the studio, even before the announcement that a new series was in the works. CBSSI has previously sold various Trek series to Sky, Syfy UK and the branded CBS channels, operated in the UK by AMC Networks International (formerly Chellozone).
For Netflix UK, the deal comes mere days after they announced that they had secured exclusive streaming rights to the first seven seasons of Gilmore Girls, which are also available to stream as of today. The streaming service is also the exclusive UK home to such series as House Of Cards, Marco Polo, Better Call Saul, Scream, Pretty Little Liars, Once Upon A Time and Reign.