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Netflix to stream CBS' new 'Star Trek' series to international subscribers

Netflix to stream CBS' new 'Star Trek' series to international subscribers
The new "Star Trek" series produced by CBS Television Studios is set to debut in 2017. (CBS)

CBS Studios International has sold the streaming rights to the upcoming "Star Trek" series to Netflix, which will be the show's exclusive home in 188 countries outside of the U.S. and Canada.

The new episodes produced by CBS Television Studios will debut globally within 24 hours after they appear domestically on the online streaming service CBS All Access.

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CBS Corp. is banking on the new "Star Trek," which is set to debut in January, to drive new users to its video subscription service. It will be the first exclusive original series available on CBS All Access, which for $5.99 a month provides subscribers with online streaming of their local CBS broadcast signal and a library of older series. Only the premiere episode will air on the CBS broadcast network.

CBS made it clear when it announced the new "Star Trek" that it would sell the streaming rights to the new "Star Trek" to other services outside of the U.S. and Canada. Netflix expressed interest in having the series in the U.S. before CBS decided to distribute it through CBS All Access.

"'Star Trek' is one of the most iconic shows in television history and we're thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the beloved series to Trekkies around the world,"  Sean Carey, vice president of global television at Netflix, said in a statement announcing the deal Monday.

Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new "Star Trek," based on Gene Roddenberry's original series.

CBS also announced that Toronto-based Bell Media will have the exclusive "Star Trek" rights in Canada. The series will air on Bell's cable channels Space and the French-language Z, before moving to its video-on-demand service CraveTV.

As part of the streaming deals, both Netflix and Bell Media will get the rights to CBS's library of previous "Star Trek" series, "Star Trek: The Original Series," "Star Trek: The Next Generation,"  "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Enterprise."

Twitter: @SteveBattaglio

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