updated 06:50 pm EDT, Fri April 8, 2011
Netflix said landing complete Star Trek TV deal
Netflix may land a key deal to show every Star Trek episode ever made. The company reportedly confirmed that it would have access to all five storylines, ranging from the classic 1960s show through to Enterprise. TrekMovie understood that all but Deep Space Nine would go live on July 1, with the holdout coming October 1.
As befitting the effort spent into HD versions so far, only the original series and Enterprise would be available in HD, at least initially.
The deal would be a coup for Netflix if true. DS9 and Voyager have never been available for streaming, and The Next Generation has never been available in a legal digital form in its history, even bypassing catalog-driven stores like iTunes. Fans have also regularly objected to the high prices on box sets where the new plan could let someone paying $8 per month see any episode along with the regular Netflix catalog.
CBS, which currently has the digital rights, hasn't confirmed the deal but did recently strike a basic deal for Star Trek as part of its first real catalog offering on the streaming site.
Netflix has been aggressively chasing down TV shows from Lions Gate, Fox, and other networks, going so far as to secure an original series. The new deal might be one of the first times it has had an existing TV series that wasn't already available on a pay-per-title service and could give it an edge in attracting viewers who want more than just movies. [via Hacking Netflix]