Bell secures exclusive streaming rights to Star Trek

Star Trek Canada

Well, you win some and you lose some.

While Canadians can watch the latest Star Wars film, The Force Awakens, on Netflix, the country’s Star Trek fans will need to turn to Bell’s CraveTV platform to check out the franchise’s upcoming new television entry.

It’s all thanks to a new licensing agreement signed between Bell Media and Star Trek steward CBS that sees the former gain exclusive Canadian streaming and television rights to the franchise’s new television entry, set to start airing in 2017, as well as its entire 727 episode back catalogue.

In all other countries where its platform is available, Netflix was able to secure the rights to Star Trek’s new entry and its back catalogue.

When it airs in January, the first episode of the new series will be shown on CTV, with subsequent episodes airing in English on Space and in French on Z. Series episodes will later make their way to CraveTV.

Thanks to the deal, the entire Star Trek television library will also make its return to Space.

In the U.S., the new TV series will be available on CBS All Access, the network’s new over-the-top platform play.

Correction: an earlier version of this article mistakenly said the new Star Trek television series will air in September 2017, not January 2017 as is noted in Bell Media’s press release.

[source]CNW Newswire[/source]