The Star Trek: Discovery series will be returned to Paramount+ from Netflix, where it has been available to foreign audiences for the past three seasons. In locations where the show was previously available to stream, it will be removed from Netflix at 12 AM Pacific Time.
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What we know
Discovery will be departing the big streaming platform, more than four years after the series starring Sonequa Martin-Green debuted on what was then CBS All Access in North America and Netflix in the rest of the world.
ViacomCBS has just completed a deal with Netflix to cancel the large investment partnership that debuted Discovery back in 2017. It was a surprising move that AsiaOne Singapore has also talked about in their recent article.
In vague terms, the deal struck by then-CBS CEO Les Moonves with Netflix saw the latter foot the bill for the majority of Discovery’s enormous budget for international rights. Discovery is set to take off on Paramount+ around the world now that the top-tier Intellectual Property is back in the fold.
Out of the more than 20 countries where the platform is available outside of North America, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and the UK will be among the first to stream Discovery on Paramount+.
ViacomCBS has stated that it expects to be in roughly 45 markets over the next year or two as part of an accelerated growth. Of course, it would make a whole lot of sense that a high-profile brand like Star Trek will lead the effort to do so.
The good news is, according to lots of Singapore news reports, Discovery will still continue to air on CTV Sci-Fi Channel and on Crave in Canada (for those who fancy streaming it online), as part of a long-standing agreement with the northern broadcasting company.
Star Trek can boost subscribers significantly
The deal between ViacomCBS and Netflix for the first three seasons of Discovery was not disclosed, but a lot of SG news outlets suggest that it was in the six figures. Netflix will no longer have a share in the series as a result of the agreement.
Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery premieres on Paramount+ on November 18 in the United States, so the new partnership is opportune. CBS and Viacom, like many other media businesses, have searched for ways to save expenses as they ramp up streaming originals, both independently and since their reunification in late 2019.
The Star Trek series had distribution agreements with a number of companies in much of the rest of the world. However, in March, CBS All Access was renamed Paramount+, and its content began to expand and go internationally during the summer season.
The final frontier
Based on the same news Singapore reports, ViacomCBS said earlier this month that it has approximately 47 million streaming users across all of its channels. It hasn’t released exact figures for Paramount+ yet. ViacomCBS formed a partnership with Comcast, which is due to launch in Europe, in a move considered as a sign of the challenge of spreading streaming across the globe.
While Star Trek: Picard will continue to be available on Amazon outside of the US and Star Trek: Lower Decks will be available on the Jeff Bezos-owned streaming service outside the US, Canada, and Latin America, the Starfleet departure from Netflix was already teased previously.
If you’ve missed out on all the latest Singapore news that came before, Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise all exited the popular streaming service at the end of September. It may be argued that Paramount+ is the actual final frontier.
Season 4 of Star Trek: Discovery was supposed to premiere on Paramount+ in the US on November 18th, but that has been canceled.
Putting its Discovery series on a single portal for foreign audiences, on the other hand, isn’t enough to solve the Star Trek library’s splintered state. Star Trek: Picard will continue to be available on Amazon for streamers outside of Canada and the US.
As previously announced, Star Trek: Discovery will continue to air on non-Paramount Plus networks in Canada. Finally, outside of Latin America, Canada, and the United States, Amazon will continue to sell Star Trek: Lower Decks. For more Straits Times updates on everything under the sun, you know where to find and get them.