Star Trek TV Series Coming to CBS All-Access

“To boldly go where no man has gone before…” is the goal of CBS Television Studios as they embark on uncharted territory by launching a new Star Trek TV series on CBS All-Access.

It has been officially announced that in January 2017 Starfleet Command will be sending its crews into deep space yet again. This time to streaming media audiences who are increasingly hungry for fresh weekly content as they cut the cord with traditional cable and satellite TV. Hulu, Amazon and Netflix have all produced original series programming that has done very well in the streaming market, and with the launch of this series, CBS hopes to break into the market with an iconic series leading the way.

Highly Illogical? Not Really

Star Trek is a franchise that makes a lot of money and has a devoted fan base which now spans several generations.

CBS Television Studios, which own the rights to Star Trek, wants to drive cord cutters and millennials to their CBS All-Access streaming service. They are banking on a new Star Trek TV series being an excellent opportunity to do it (plus, all the previous series are available to stream on the platform as well for diehard Trekkies).

The first episode will air on CBS which will be available over air in HD with your Mohu HDTV antenna. Subsequent episodes of the new series will only be accessible by CBS All-Access which has an available 1 Week Free Trial and is $6 per month thereafter.

If this new formula for launching a streaming series works, it’s likely that we’ll see more series from CBS launching in this way to boost its All-Access subscriptions.

Resistance Is Futile

Debuting in 1966 the Original Star Trek TV series captured viewers hearts in a way that the series’ creator, Gene Roddenberry would have never imagined. The franchise exploded in popularity and to this day, continues to grow loyal followers eager for more characters and adventures.

From The Original Series came five subsequent television series: The Animated Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager and Enterprise. Including the original series, there were 726 total Star Trek episodes in 30 seasons.

To date there are 13 Star Trek films with industry talk of a 14th film set for release in 2019, currently referred to as Star Trek 4. The latest film Star Trek Beyond is slated for release next summer.

The quality of the new TV series should be top notch.  It will be executive produced by Alex Kurtzman who was the screenwriter and producer for the 2009 “Star Trek” and the 2013 Star Trek film “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

Check out the official Star Trek TV show website and this awesome infographic from the folks at SPACE.com, A Brief History of Star Trek:

Infographic: Timeline of the Star Trek phenomenon on TV and in movies

Source: SPACE.com

Live Long and Prosper

Will trekkies love the new Star Trek TV series? Obviously CBS is hoping they will in addition to reeling in some new viewers who may or may not be familiar with The Original Series.

To survive this show will have to provide diehard fan viewers with enough of the old stuff to get their thumbs up, while still offering something new that doesn’t require previous series knowledge to quickly immerse those who are yet uninitiated.

For now we know that CBS is committed and on course to launch the new Star Trek TV series in a little over a year. The network is banking on the success of this streaming series and hopeful that it will be enough for Star Trek fans to say “Sign Me Up, Scotty” to CBS All-Access streaming media service.

Andrea Polk

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Andrea Polk is a freelance writer and author of Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV. Andrea is also a native Oregonian, wife, mother, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, avid deal seeker and self-proclaimed tech geek. Her blog SavvySleuth.com is where she shares product reviews, online deals and her love of cord cutting. She is currently working on her third book in the Non-Technical Guide to Cord Cutting book series to be published soon on Amazon.

Andrea Polk is a freelance writer and author of Simple Guide to Over-the-Air Free TV and the Simple Guide to Sling TV. Andrea is also a native Oregonian, wife, mother, Top 50 Amazon Reviewer, avid deal seeker and self-proclaimed tech geek. Her blog SavvySleuth.com is where she shares product reviews, online deals and her love of cord cutting. She is currently working on her third book in the Non-Technical Guide to Cord Cutting book series to be published soon on Amazon.

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