Netflix boldly goes global with rights to beam new Star Trek TV series

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Netflix has secured rights to make each episode of the new Star Trek TV series available globally within 24 hours of its US premiere. Image via Russian sci-fi site Mirf.ru

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Streaming video giant Netflix has secured a landmark international licensing agreement for the new Star Trek television series that will see each episode made available globally within 24 hours of its US premiere.

Despite a less than stellar Q2 performance, Netflix is still firing on all cylinders and will be the exclusive home of Star Trek in 188 countries around the world, outside US and Canada.

Additionally, all 727 existing episodes of the iconic Star Trek television library – including Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.

‘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, NETFLIX

The all-new Star Trek will begin production in Toronto in September for its January 2017 premiere.

A new Star Trek universe awaits

The iconic and influential global franchise will return to television for the first time since 2005 with a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation.

Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new Star Trek, based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series.

Fuller launched his career writing for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager. Kurtzman is co-writer and producer of the blockbuster films Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness.

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,” said Sean Carey, vice-president of global television at Netflix.

“The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”

Starship Enterprise image via NBC

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Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

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