The new Star Trek series, slated to premiere in the first quarter of 2017, will be shown exclusively on CBS’s ‘All Access’ On-Demand product that launched last fall. The service costs $5.99 per month and requires internet and a connected device such as a PC, tablet, TV, or gaming console.
CBS said the premiere, however, will also be shown on broadcast CBS — no doubt in order to lure Trekkies into signing up for monthly ‘All Access.’
“There are a lot of very rapid Star Trek fans who are going to sign up for it. We will follow that up with additional original content and we continue to play it that way,” said CBS CEO Les Moonves.
Apparently Netflix, Amazon and Hulu were all interested in acquiring the new Star Trek series, “We could have cashed in for a lot of money selling Star Trek,” said Moonves. Instead, the CEO reiterated the importance of CBS All Access to the company.
We don’t know anything yet about the plot of Star Trek (2017) or who will star in it, only that Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is acting as creator of the series.
CBS All Access offers subscribers over 7,500 episodes from the current television season, previous seasons, and classic shows on demand nationwide. Live-streaming is also available from local CBS stations in more than 110 markets.