Company beats Netflix on rights to new show but won’t reveal when it will stream on CraveTV.
Bell Star Trek:
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If you’re Canadian and you like gadgets and techie stuff, you’re probably used to the term “not in Canada” by now. Hulu, Google Fiber, just about everything cool from Amazon… the list of things not available in the Great White North goes on and on.
It’s gotten to the point where we half expect to wait a few years for cool new innovations to reach us, if at all. Lord knows our local companies aren’t producing them in any noticeable quantity – BlackBerrys don’t count anymore, right?
It’s rare, then, that Canadians suffer a particularly painful gut punch in regards to things they can’t have, but it looks like that’s what they’re getting with the new Star Trek television series.
Netflix on Monday announced it will stream episodes of the upcoming show, which will begin airing in January, in 188 countries within 24 hours of their U.S. broadcast. There are two notable exceptions on Netflix’s list of countries: Canada and the United States.
The United States is exempted because CBS, the network/studio producing the series, is reserving the new Star Trek for its own CBS All Access streaming service, which costs $5.99 (U.S.) a month.
That leaves Canada, where Netflix was outbid on Star Trek by a free-spending Bell. The telecom company plans to air the show’s debut on CTV at the same time as CBS, and then squirrel the remainder of the episodes away on Space, which is a premium cable channel in case you were wondering.
As for streaming, the good news is that Bell says it plans to add the new show to its CraveTV service. The bad news is, the only timeline being mentioned on that front is “later.” When asked to expand on the press release’s wording, a Bell spokesperson said only that, “CraveTV windowing will be announced later.”
Bell could surprise everyone and eventually announce that it, too, will stream new episodes via CraveTV in a timely fashion, but don’t count on it. The company is still clearly thinking TV first, and streaming for Bell… is an afterthought at best:
The new Star Trek series will only be watchable in Canada by cable subscription or Bell’s awful Crave TV on demand service? The worst.
— Ben Rankel (@benrankel) July 18, 2016
Bell purchased the rights to HBO’s new content – including Game of Thrones – last year but has so far decided against adding any of it to CraveTV. Instead, the company is airing season one of Game of Thrones on CTV this August – season six just concluded – and continues to withhold it from streaming services without a cable subscription.
That’s making cord cutters mad, and providing fans with little reason to hope that the new Star Trek will end up on CraveTV within the same quick turnaround as Netflix and CBS.
If that indeed turns out to be the case, it would effectively make Canada the only country in the world where new Star Trek episodes wouldn’t be available to stream within a day of their TV broadcast. And if that happens, you can sure as heck bet that pirates are going to be all over it:
https://t.co/ycDo35xiwX Bell has Canadian licencing = bittorrent Netflix to Be Exclusive International Home to New ‘Star Trek’ Series
— Jason Currie (@farside268) July 18, 2016
6 months after Star Trek premieres, Bell is going to cry foul about the high piracy rate of the show And they still won’t get it.
— Sean Sweeney (@seanswee) July 18, 2016
The ironic kicker to all this? The new Star Trek show is being shot in Toronto.