When Star Trek: Discovery premiered back in 2017, it launched on CBS All Access (now known as Paramount+) in North America and Netflix in the rest of the countries making the series available to be seen by Trekkies worldwide. The arrangement has been going on for three seasons, but it will now apparently end tonight.
Deadline has reported that Star Trek: Discovery is leaving Netflix tonight at midnight ahead of the fourth season premiere this Thursday on Paramount+. ViacomCBS and Netflix just closed a deal with the former paying off the lucrative financial arrangement. The plan is to launch the series on Paramount+ around the globe next year.
Several European countries will be among the first ones to stream the series on Paramount+ next year when it launches. The streamer is planning to expand to more countries in the next few years with Star Trek leading the charge. With this new arrangement, Netflix no longer has any stake in Discovery.
However, even though Discovery will be leaving Netflix internationally tonight, Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks will still remain on Amazon Prime Video, which has been its home outside North America.
It is understandable why Paramount+ wants Star Trek: Discovery to be exclusive for them as it is one of their flagship shows. Unfortunately, this would also mean fans of the series outside North America will not be able to watch the fourth season which will premiere in just a few days. They have to wait for Paramount+ to launch in their country in order to watch the next season which might take a while depending on what area you're in.
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The fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery is set to premiere this coming Thursday, November 18 on Paramount+ which we would see Michael Burnham officially taking the captain's chair in the USS Discovery.