On Wednesday, June 22nd, the Paramount+ streaming service went live in the UK and Ireland. This launch brings with it three original Star Trek series along with providing access to legacy Star Trek TV shows and movies.
Strange New Britain
The big news for fans in the UK and Ireland is the availability of the new series Star Trek: Strange New Worlds. The first three episodes are now available, with new episodes debuting every Wednesday. For season one the show will be running around five weeks behind Paramount+ in the USA and other markets.
UK fans are already starting to take in the new show, which has been widely praised here at TrekMovie and elsewhere in the media. Praise for the new show is showing up on social media, including the following post with a thank you from series star Anson Mount.
Glad you like it. https://t.co/kXUp0rtFB2
— Anson Mount (@ansonmount) June 21, 2022
Trekking in the UK and Ireland
The streaming service also includes all four seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, a series that was exclusive to Netflix internationally until the rights were bought back by Paramount shortly before the debut of season four. Season four had been shown on Paramount’s ad-supported live streaming service Pluto in the UK, but Paramount+ is now the new exclusive home for the Discovery. Also available are all ten episodes from the first season of the animated series Star Trek: Prodigy, which has also aired on Nickelodeon in the UK.
The new original series Star Trek: Picard and Star Trek: Lower Decks remain as exclusives to Amazon Prime Video in the UK, but Paramount+ currently includes all of the live-action legacy Star Trek shows: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise. However, currently Star Trek: The Animated Series is not available on Paramount+ (it is available on Netflix). Both TOS and TNG are remastered in HD, and Enterprise is also in HD). There are some launch glitches as well, including misspellings (like “Where No One Have Gone Before”).
Currently, the service includes eleven of the thirteen Star Trek feature films. This includes all the TOS-era films and all the TNG movies, along with the 2009 Star Trek film. Like with the USA service, which ones are available in 4K seems random (including Wrath of Khan, The Voyage Home, and Star Trek 2009). And as of now only the theatrical release of The Motion Picture is available and not the newly restored version of the Director’s Edition.
As can be seen in the screenshot below, Paramount+ UK also includes Showtime content. This includes the new sci-fi series The Man Who Fell to Earth, which features Voyager’s Kate Mulgrew.
In the UK and Ireland, Paramount+ is available online at paramountplus.com and via the Paramount+ app. Pricing is £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK.
Paramount+ is also available on Sky platforms in the UK with Sky Cinema subscribers getting Paramount+ at no additional cost. Sky users can install the Paramount+ app by going to the ‘My Sky’ section and following the onscreen instructions.
More to come
Paramount+ will have more launches in Europe this year, arriving in Italy in September, followed by launches in Germany, Switzerland, Austria, and France in December. Paramount has also partnered with Comcast for a new service called SkyShowtime which will also launch later this year, bringing Paramount+ original content to Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, and Sweden.
Paramount+ promises more to come with a tweet this morning welcoming fans in the UK, Ireland, and S. Korea (which launched last week).
— Star Trek on Paramount+ (@StarTrekOnPPlus) June 22, 2022
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