In today’s CBS first-quarter earnings conference call, CBS president Les Moonves made a few comments about 2017’s new Star Trek television series coming to the company’s All Access streaming service next year, including the first clarification on a release schedule.
[“Star Trek”] will be episodic, week by week. It won’t be the Netflix [way].
CBS All Access is the only place to get the entire ‘stack’ of CBS shows, and this January, we will begin streaming our first original series. All Access will be the home of the first original “Star Trek” series in eleven years.
[The premiere episode of] “Star Trek” will debut simultaneously on All Access and the CBS television network, with subsequent episodes exclusively on All Access.
We have one of the best creative teams behind this show, and we’re confident that its large, passionate fan base will lead to substantial, profitable subscriber growth.
Moonves also repeated his previous comments about the interest from other streaming providers.
Once again, every other streaming service was after “Star Trek.” We could have cashed in for a lot of money, selling it to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu… they were all very interested in it.
We know that “Star Trek” is a high-priced, quality product, and – knowing that we will have very strong international sales which we are already getting in – it’s important that we show everybody that All Access is a priority for us… and there are a lot of very rabid “Star Trek” fans who are going sign up for it.
This may come as a disappointment to those not planning to subscribe to CBS’s streaming service for any more time than needed, as many have commented in our comments (and around the web) about plans to simply subscribe, binge-watch, and cancel after the first season of the new series becomes available.
Additionally, this is the same kind of release schedule that Hulu has been following with its original series, including this spring’s 11.22.16 and the ongoing season of The Mindy Project.
In our opinion, however, this really shouldn’t be much of a surprise. CBS has repeatedly stated their goals to use Star Trek to anchor their All Access revenue stream, and aligning the release of the new show to a traditional broadcast and cable pattern – and it makes business sense that they’re working to avoid “binge and bail” viewing habits.
In addition, for those international markets which may end up showing the series on local television networks, a weekly release will keep the global rollout relatively on pace with US accessibility.