Americans already know where they will be able to find the new Star Trek series in January (hint: CBS All Access). But Trekkies in the United Kingdom have been waiting and waiting to find out how they can watch the series.
It’s been a bidding war to capture the show, TV Wise’s Patrick Munn reports, but it seems the two top contenders are longtime Trek home Sky 1, and a newcomer that recently secured all the past Star Trek television rights — Netflix U.K.
“There are few broadcasters who haven’t shown any interest here,” Munn said. However, those making the most serious effort are the Sky satellite company, Syfy U.K., and Netflix U.K.
Syfy is almost certainly out of the running, but Sky 1 is just inches from securing the rights. The deal, Munn said, was almost done. That would continue a streak for Sky 1 that has given it original Star Trek broadcast rights all the way back to “Star Trek: The Next Generation” in the 1990s.