Four and a half years after the Star Trek television shows became part of the Amazon Instant Video catalog, the five live-action series now seem to on their way out.
Over the last view days, paid Amazon Prime subscribers have begun to see a countdown on the Trek collection, indicating that the shows will be removed from the streaming service on February 15.
While CBS extended their partnership agreement with Amazon back in early 2014, it seems that what may have been a two-year renewal of that contract is now coming to an end.
Netflix is trying to come to a deal to keep CBS and CW shows on their streaming service as well, all while rumors of an online, subscription-based version of The CW are brewing in Hollywood.
No matter what happens between Amazon, Netflix, or other streaming services, CBS is already branding their CBS All Access program as a home for Star Trek, as evidenced by one of their frequently-seen banner ads which are appearing online now.
With the forthcoming sixth live-action Trek series coming exclusively to the CBS All Access platform in 2017, it’s not too surprising that CBS may start to bring their entertainment holdings — including Star Trek — back home under their control.
There’s no indication yet that this pending removal will affect any purchased digital copies of the individual episodes, but we’ve reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this post once we hear back.
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