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Channel Offers All Trek, All In One Place

UPDATE: Netflix U.K. also offering all Star Trek episodes

A digital broadcast channel says it will be the first to air all five Star Trek television shows in one place.

Heroes & Icons, a channel owned by Chicago-based Weigel Broadcasting, says it will start airing episodes of the original "Star Trek," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Enterprise" beginning July 24.

The episodes will be presented as a continuous five-hour block on Sunday nights, as well as five hours each weeknight Monday through Friday, showing all the episodes in sequence.

"If there is one television franchise that fits the Heroes & Icons brand best, it is the five legendary Star Trek series that will be airing together for the first time in our All Star Trek programming block," said Neal Sabin, vice chair of Weigel Broadcasting, in a release. "The captains and crews of each series define the term 'heroic' and, over time, each one of them has become truly iconic."

The programming block will begin with an episode of the original series in the first hour, followed by an episode of TNG the next hour, DS9 the third hour, "Voyager" the fourth hour, and "Enterprise" the fifth hour.

Heroes & Icons launched in 2014 from Weigel, probably best known for its MeTV digital channels. The channel broadcasts television show reruns primarily from the 1960s and 1970s, including westerns, police dramas, and some fantasy series like "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys" and "Xena: Warrior Princess."

The digital channel is located in nearly 60 markets, which accounts for half the country in terms of market penetration. It's typically found by looking for the "virtual channel" it broadcasts on. For example, digital cable viewers in Phoenix can find Heroes & Icons on Channel 10.3, while in Los Angeles, it's located on Channel 13.4.

Weigel was founded in 1965, and runs television stations in Chicago, Milwaukee and South Bend, Indiana. It also offers digital cable offerings, including MeTV, Heroes & Icons, as well as the Decades network it's forming in partnership with CBS Television Station Group.

But the United States isn't the only place that will have Star Trek all in one place. The British website TV Daily says that Netflix services in the United Kingdom has now gone major Trek.

"We never even realized this much Star Trek existed, but we sure are glad that we're now able to make up for a lot of lost time, as Netflix has made every single episode of Star Trek ever produced available to streak for its U.K. subscribers," writer Ally Russell said.

That means British Netflix users will have all five television series, plus the two seasons of "Star Trek: The Animated Series," "Star Trek Generations," "Star Trek: First Contact" and "Star Trek: Into Darkness."

Story updated at 9:04 p.m. to include details about Netflix U.K. offerings.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable


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