For months now UK fans have been wondering who will get the rights to show the new ‘Star Trek’ series on UK television. Many speculated that Sky might do a deal, but some like myself figured that with it being a steaming show. Either Netflix or Amazon would get it.
I figured it would be Netflix. Given that they have a good history with CBS the makers of ‘Star Trek’ when it comes to streaming their content. And given that there is not a CBS streaming service in the UK. Netflix for me was always the obvious choice. Also a pretty strong indicator was the fact that Netflix started to stream all the past ‘Star Trek’ shows including the animated series earlier in the month.
The Radio Times has today confirmed that UK fans will be able to tune in for new ‘Star Trek’ on Netflix when it comes out. The streaming service will show the series worldwide once it has been aired on CBS.
In Canada Space, which is their version of the Syfy Channel will be showing the series.
The new ‘Star Trek’ series is being produced by ‘Hannibal’ creator Bryan Fuller. He is doing the series in collaboration with Star Trek movie writer Alex Kurtzman. Adding a little extra pedigree to the shows brew is the addition of ‘Star Trek II: Wrath Of Khan’ director Nicholas Meyer who is a consulting producer. Also on the team is the late Gene Roddenberry’s son Rod Roddenberry.
Bryan Fuller says that we can expect “the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation”.
The Netflix deal also bundles up all 727 existing episodes of the Star Trek television franchise, including Star Trek: The Original Series, Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise which are already available to subscribers in the UK and will be rolling out to other countries soon.
Production on Star Trek begins in Toronto in September.