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Netflix may get every Star Trek TV episode

updated 06:50 pm EDT, Fri April 8, 2011

Netflix said landing complete Star Trek TV deal

Netflix may land a key deal to show every Star Trek episode ever made. The company reportedly confirmed that it would have access to all five storylines, ranging from the classic 1960s show through to Enterprise. TrekMovie understood that all but Deep Space Nine would go live on July 1, with the holdout coming October 1.

As befitting the effort spent into HD versions so far, only the original series and Enterprise would be available in HD, at least initially.

The deal would be a coup for Netflix if true. DS9 and Voyager have never been available for streaming, and The Next Generation has never been available in a legal digital form in its history, even bypassing catalog-driven stores like iTunes. Fans have also regularly objected to the high prices on box sets where the new plan could let someone paying $8 per month see any episode along with the regular Netflix catalog.

CBS, which currently has the digital rights, hasn't confirmed the deal but did recently strike a basic deal for Star Trek as part of its first real catalog offering on the streaming site.

Netflix has been aggressively chasing down TV shows from Lions Gate, Fox, and other networks, going so far as to secure an original series. The new deal might be one of the first times it has had an existing TV series that wasn't already available on a pay-per-title service and could give it an edge in attracting viewers who want more than just movies. [via Hacking Netflix]




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  1. iphonerulez

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    That's pretty sweet

    I think DS9 is the only Star Trek series where I never saw every episode.

  1. JeffHarris

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Great!

    Next Generation I liked better than the original. Although Kirk getting hot alien chicks and all those fistfights were lots of fun.

    Deep Sleep Nine was pretty bad. It was sort of like Gunsmoke with aliens.
    Was Odo Miss Kitty?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Re: Great

    Actually, I consider DS9 better than the other episodes. Probably because they actually had multi-episode storylines. The others were more of a "you could miss a few episodes and not miss anything" shows.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +4

    Entrprise

    I'm currently on the tail end of season four of Enterprise. I think this show takes the cake. The storyline is very long and I enjoy the pre-Federation time period. It's the perfect show to start watching after the movie "First Contact."

  1. paulc

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    TNG?

    Somehow I recall reading that we'd never see a HD version of TNG because of the way it was shot... or maybe it was what currently remains.

    At least somewhere in this article, the word "streaming" is mentioned. Bugs the beejezus out of me that pretty much EVERY Netflix story almost never says anywhere we are talking about streaming rights. STILL, the first sentence SHOULD read:

    "Netflix may land a key deal to stream every Star Trek episode ever made."

  1. dimmer

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Ick!

    I'm in agreement with Testy! I feel *dirty*!

    The final season or two of DS9 did have a much more "archic" storyline: so sure you could watch an episode and get an episodic story, but watching the whole run was much more engrossing and satisfying. The follow-up shows "Voyager", and "Enterprise" didn't seem to pick up on this so much.

    *so, so dirty*

  1. panjandrum

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Nice

    This would be very nice. I'll wait for the HD versions of each series before I bother to watch though. I've already seen them plenty of times in SD. It would be especially great to see DS9 in HD. It's just such a notch above the other series in terms of acting, plot, character development and sheer fun. It is so deserving of a full HD treatment. But would just love to see all of them in HD. I wouldn't even mind seeing the animated series, of which I've seen only a handful of episodes.

  1. c4rlob

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Kumbayah

    ...and all was right in the universe.

  1. fischej

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    What? No Animated Series?

    Dang...was looking forward to seeing "The 30-Foot Vulcan" again.

  1. facebook_Scott

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Apr 2011

    0

    Old News?

    I believe this story was reported weeks if not months ago (see: http://www.wired.com/geekdad/2011/02/netflix-soon-to-stream-star-trek/). We even covered it on the Netpix Podcast (http://www.netpixpodcast.com) that I co-host in our very first episode on March 1, 2011.

    Is there something specific that I missed?

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