CBS President and CEO Leslie Moonves discusses why the new upcoming Star trek series that will debut in January 2017, will air on CBS’ paid streaming service CBS All Access, rather than the network itself.
“We’re looking to do original content on All Access and build up that platform,” Moonves said. “Netflix is our friend [and] a competitor. They compete with [CBS Corp.’s] Showtime. All Access will put out original content and knowing the loyalty of Star Trek fans, this will boost it… There’s about a billion channels out there and because of Star Trek, people will know what All Access is about.”
“Star Trek” properties already have a proven rate of success on CBS All Access, further emboldening CBS to make this move.
“All the series have done well in terms of streaming,” , Star Trek is a huge international franchise. Our international distribution guy is going crazy; he can’t wait to get out to the marketplace and sell that. Right away, we’re more than halfway home on the cost of the show from international alone. The risk is small in seeing the track record.”