Whether you’re a fan of the cowboy days of the original “Star Trek,” the more diplomatic approach of “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” or even the danger-in-waiting moments of “Star Trek: Enterprise” — Netflix subscribers are going to enjoy them for months to come.
CBS Television has extended its streaming deal with Netflix, one of America’s largest home media distributors, that will keep all the great Star Trek shows available to viewers to watch whenever they want. The deal also includes “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager,” and offers every episode of Star Trek ever made.
Along with Star Trek, Netflix will also keep and add other CBS properties including “Jericho,” “The 4400” and “CSI: New York.” These television shows will keep Netflix in the forefront, especially as it continues to launch original programming like “House of Cards,” the return of “Arrested Development” and its new series, “Orange is the New Black.”
Netflix has more than 30 million subscribers taking part in either its streaming service or its DVD mail-order business and has reported revenue of $3.6 billion in 2012.
The big paydays have made it more difficult for Netflix to get existing programming from production houses, as more and more are requesting a bigger cut from the subscription revenue that they believe is fueled by their programming. At the same time, Netflix has been working to evolve beyond being just a re-distributor of existing content, and has already made leaps into the world of original programming, vying to revolutionize how television shows are distributed.
There are currently more than 600 hours of Star Trek on television available to watch, especially from TNG, “Voyager” and DS9, which combined for 21 seasons of television. “Enterprise” had four seasons, while the original “Star Trek” was on the air for three seasons — but with a much longer production order than what is received in more modern times.