Ending a 12-year break, the ‘Star Trek’ franchise returns to TV this fall, but you’ll have to pay to watch it. Although CBS will air the premiere episode on regular broadcast on September 24th, all subsequent episodes will be exclusive to the CBS All Access streaming platform. Will you pay for another subscription service just for one show?
To be fair here, CBS All Access is also loaded with lots of vintage TV content, and already has a notable exclusive show with ‘The Good Fight’, the spinoff to ‘The Good Wife’. Nevertheless, the new ‘Star Trek’ series will be by far the highest-profile programming to hit the platform, and CBS expects it to drive a major surge in subscriptions.
Those subscriptions run $5.99 per month for limited commercial interruption, or $9.99/month commercial-free. Considering that Netflix also costs $9.99 and offers vastly more original content, this doesn’t seem like a great deal if all you’re interested in is ‘Star Trek’.
On the other hand, ‘Star Trek’ has a huge and rabid fan base that may consider $6 to $10 a small inconvenience to get a new ‘Trek’ series on their TVs.
The smartest play here seems to be to watch the premiere episode on broadcast and then decide if the show is worth paying for. That’s what I plan to do. CBS All Access also offers a free one-month trial, which will get you through the first few episodes.