Much to the delight of "Star Trek" fans, Netflix and CBS Studios International have announced an international licensing agreement for the upcoming "Star Trek" television series.
Netflix will exclusively stream the episodes in 188 countries, excluding US and Canada, and fans won't have to wait for long as the episodes will premiere in all the 188 countries within 24 hours of the US premiere.
Besides it, Netflix has also confirmed that it will stream all the previous "Star Trek" TV series by the end of 2016, including "Star Trek: The Original Series," "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Star Trek: Deep Space Nine," "Star Trek: Voyager" and "Star Trek: Enterprise."
The latest series of the franchise will premiere sometime in January 2017. The exact release date has not been revealed yet. The iconic and globally popular will be returning on small screen for the first time since 2005 and will include new ships, new characters and new mission.
However, it will retain the theme of the same ideology and hope for which the franchise is known around the world among science-fiction/fantasy fans and has inspired a generation of fiction fans.
Armando NuÃ±ez, President and CEO of CBS Studios International, said: "The launch of the new 'Star Trek' will truly be a global television event. 'Star Trek' is already 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. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new 'Star Trek' will definitely be 'hailing on all frequencies' throughout the planet."
Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television at Netflix, also expressed his excitement.
"'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. The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available" Carey said.
Co-created by Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller, the series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman's Secret Hideout, Fuller's Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth serves as executive producers.
With the next Star Trek movie "Star Trek Beyond" all set to hit the theatres on July 22 across India, it seems that the "Trekkies" (Star Trek fans) have more than one reason to rejoice the comeback of their beloved franchise.