The premiere of CBS’s Star Trek: Discovery is just days away from launching to what could be the biggest audience ever for the TV show franchise.
That’s because as ‘Discovery’ premieres its first episode on the network’s internet-delivered CBS All Access service as well as traditional linear network, Netflix will also premiere the series in 188 countries around the world. And in Canada, the series will air on Bell Media’s Space channel and stream on CraveTV.
The second episode of Star Trek: Discovery will be available on CBS All Access immediately following the premiere (we’re not sure about how many episodes Netflix will queue up).
However, the new series will launch to a global audience critic and review-free. There have been no screener episodes made available to the press, and even the actors have not seen any full episodes. In fact, CBS has put an embargo on reviews of the premiere events held in New York and Los Angeles.
Could it be that CBS is afraid of bad reviews? Maybe. CBS is banking on the 50-year old brand to expand their internet TV service to more subscribers. Or, does it have to do with the unique strategy of partnering with Netflix to deliver the show worldwide? Possibly. Those are unchartered waters for the network.
But while CBS has been quiet about most of ‘Discovery’ (with the exception of a couple trailers), we do know quite a bit about the large cast that includes Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca, Michelle Yeoh as Captain Georgiou, Sonequa Martin-Green as Commander Michael Burnham, and Rainn Wilson as the indelible Harry Mudd, among others.
The CBS All Access service can be watched on multiple platforms including Apple and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One.
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