Sorry streamers but if you were planning to binge and bail on CBS’s new Star Trek show via CBS’s All Access the president of the studio has some news for you. In a call held with reporters Les Moonves announced that the new show would be debuting in 2017 with one episode released per week.
I was excited when I heard that Star Trek was coming back. When CBS announced it was going to their All Access I was hoping they would follow in the footsteps of Netflix with shows like Daredevil and Orange is the New Black instead CBS is following Hulu with their original content. While 11.22.63 was great my wife and I were hoping to be able to watch it at our pace instead of the pace enforced on us by a streaming service we pay for and I’m not the only one who thinks this. Many fans of Star Trek were hoping to do the same but now it seems CBS has put the boot to that idea. Moonves even addressed why they did not go with competitors like Hulu or Netflix :
“We could have cashed in for a lot of money, selling it to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu … they were all very interested in it. We know that Star Trek is a high-priced, quality product … there are a lot of very rabid Star Trek fans who are going to sign up for it.”
CBS does have the brand recognition to back up Moores claims. Shows like The Big Bang Theory, NCIS, and Blue Bloods already stream on the service and they even have older shows like MacGyver as part of their library. Despite this fact the service is still small compared to some of the bigger kids out there in the world like HBO Now. It has subscribers, or it would not be running, but will those that hop on board for the new Star Trek stay on board?
The standing theory is that Star Trek will run for an average season length which is usually around 13 episodes and Moonves does have plans to launch 3 to 4 original shows for All Access but so far we have no idea what those will be. That means Star Trek fans might unsubscribe until the next season comes out if those 3 or 4 aren’t up their alley to begin with but that is speculation on my part. $6 dollars is a good value if you are looking to cut cost, especially if your a fan of CBS’s programming line but the market is getting crowded and even some of the bigger names like Hulu are jumping in to the live programming service.