CBS will debut the new Star Trek series, Star Trek: Discovery, for free to network viewers on September 24, the company announced yesterday.
However, future episodes in the 15-episode first season will be available exclusively on CBS All Access, the network’s $5.99-a-month streaming service.
In addition, CBS said the first two episodes of Star Trek:Discovery will be added to CBS All Access the same night after the network premiere of the first episode.
CBS is hoping that the new Star Trek series will generate greater interest in CBS All Access which launched in late October 2014. While the network has not disclosed the service’s exact subscriber totals, it has suggested it could be around 1.5 million.
CBS All Access offers a CBS live feed (in select markets) with on-demand programming from both current and past network lineups as well as other shows owned by the company.
Star Trek: Discovery will be CBS All Access’ second original drama. The streaming service debuted The Good Fight, a spinoff of The Good Wife, last February.
The new Star Trek, which will star Michelle Yeoh, Jason Isaacs, Rainn Wilson and Doug Jones, will chronicle the Starfleet’s journeys roughly 10 years before the events that occurred in the original Star Trek series in the 1960s.
— Phillip Swann