Season 4 boldly goes to a place where billions of dollars in points have not been collected before and has fans outraged. Leckie, from Aberdeen, Scotland, was immediately involved in the sci-fi series and its aftermath, regularly attending conferences to meet other fans. But on November 16, he noticed something strange: Netflix stopped broadcasting the first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery — and the preview for Season 4, scheduled for November 18, also disappeared. p>
What Lockey saw soon became the ire of Star Trek fans around the world: Netflix lost the rights to Season 4 of Discovery outside the US, as well as previous seasons. It's now showing up on Paramount+, the streaming service formerly CBS All Access owned by ViacomCBS — but not until 2022 or even everywhere. (In the US, Star Trek: Discovery is always broadcast exclusively on Paramount+/CBS All Access.) And Star Trek is just the beginning. Now the bad news for Discovery fans is yet another glimpse into the uncertain future of broadcasting. p>
Until recently, most owners sold Intellectual (IP) television and movie rights through pay-TV and physical home video and movies. The concept of webcasting was seen as not a priority. Then everything changed - and quickly. As Netflix's popularity grew, Disney regained the rights to the extensive catalog and launched Disney+ in November 2019, with 118 million subscribers to date. Others are quickly following - from Discovery+ to HBO Max and Britbox. And because streaming services are trying to produce more original content, anyone who wants to sit back and watch their favorite TV shows will have a headache. Instead of subscribing to a single streaming service, every year people are being asked to pay more and more to access competing platforms. p> Advertising
They are angry that they have to pay for another subscription service so they can watch Discovery and finally the rest of the Star Trek TV series. Glenn van te Hove, a Dutch Star Trek fan, is more outspoken. "It is a strange move to announce this two days before the European release," he said. "This is not a service to the masses." Lucky believes the move - which will prevent people outside the US and Canada from watching Season 4 of Discovery until 2022 - will lead many to illegal versions of the series. Netflix's payment contract for Star Trek covers 190 countries and territories, but Paramount+ will only be available in 45 countries by the end of 2022. "This means that three-quarters of their market won't be able to watch without piracy," Leakey says. Andrew E. Rosen, a former director of digital media at Viacom and founder of Parqor, a streaming services analyst firm, says Paramount+ is unlikely to replicate the economics, scale or complexity of Netflix's marketing model for big franchises like Star Trek. Neither ViacomCBS nor Netflix responded to requests for comment.
The condition Paramount and ViacomCBS make is that Star Trek fans love the brand as much as they love any streaming service on the final shows to follow - not which one is. It's not easy for them to get past that: According to data compiled by tech research firm Omdia, the average American household has access to eight video and video-on-demand services per week — even though they include free services and websites like YouTube. In Britain, the average is close to six to seven, and in continental Europe, it is five to six. "It makes no difference to the audience," said Tony Gunnarson, senior TV, video and advertising analyst at Omdia. "They dive into whatever is available." But as major media companies like ViacomCBS, which competes for Netflix, try to gain a foothold in the streaming industry, it's getting more and more confusing for consumers. Omdia research shows that there are 292 video streaming services in the US and 182 in the UK. p>
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