Just two weeks ago, reports surfaced that Netflix was angling to snatch first-run rights to the new Star Trek series in the United Kingdom from Sky 1.
The sweepstakes is now over, and not only will Netflix have the untitled series in Great Britain, but in 187 countries as well.
The online media company, which reportedly fought to get the American distribution rights to Star Trek before CBS decided to anchor their own streaming service, pulled off what could be one of the biggest coups in television history with the deal. It means Trek will be available almost immediately after it’s released in the United States on CBS All Access just about anywhere in the world with Internet access and a Netflix subscription.
“The launch of the new Star Trek will truly be a global television event,” Armando Nunez, president and chief executive of CBS Studios International, said in a release, according to Variety. “Star Trek is a worldwide phenomenon, and this international partnership will provide fans around the world who have been craving a new series for more than a decade the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the U.S.”