We have been hearing rumors over the past year that a new Star Trek series was coming to CBS. While many of the rumors have been unsubstantiated, it seems that CBS has finally announced that it will be coming to a streaming service near you. You read that right. The first episode will be aired on normal television but the remaining of the series will air on their streaming service, CBS All Access.
The series is set to launch in January of 2017, which is a year later than the 50th anniversary of the original series. CBS All Access boasts about 7,500 episodes of past CBS programing, including the original Star Trek series, as well as their local live CBS affiliate for only $6 a month.
The new series is being created and executive produced by Alex Kurtzman, who has been behind CBS’ relaunch of Hawaii Five-O, as well as the 2009 reboot of the film franchise. It is pretty clear why they would air the series on their streaming service because CBS (whose parent company is Viacom) loves to rape the fans of the franchise as well as saying that if the series is going to last, you need to subscribe and watch it.
Currently, CBS does not have anything of interest on their streaming service, given that it has no content specifically designed for the app. Of course, they would use something like Star Trek to bolster their viewership but will all those fans jump ship and subscribe? Given that CBS All Access is not available everywhere to watch it on your television. I guess we will have to wait and see how this thing works out.