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Update (August 1, 2023): Paramount+ has confirmed it will be the streaming home of the Star Trek franchise in Canada going forward – all of the movies are already there, and all series are in the process of being added. Only Brave New Worlds remains available on Crave for the moment, but it will be removed in early September, shortly after the current (second) season ends.
CTV Sci-Fi will continue to air future seasons of the series it had already been airing, such as Discovery and Brave New Worlds (including limited streaming rights on the CTV website and app), as well as select seasons of current and past series, but those episodes will also be available on Paramount+ going forward, and any new series and specials will be exclusive to the latter.
Our (lightly edited) previous article, which we hope to fully update in the near future, follows.
Since its origins as a primetime drama starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy airing during from 1966 to 1969, Star Trek has become a worldwide phenomenon spanning multiple movies, TV series, and other media.
A new generation of Star Trek TV series, commissioned by the CBS All Access streaming service (rebranded in March 2021 as Paramount+), began with the 2017 launch of Star Trek: Discovery, with other programs launching since then including Picard, Short Treks, and Lower Decks, with more in the pipeline.
Current series: As of August 2020, all in-production Star Trek TV series – including Star Trek: Discovery; Star Trek: Short Treks; Star Trek: Picard; and animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks – air in Canada on Bell Media's CTV Sci-Fi Channel (formerly Space), with new episodes posted the same day as their U.S. release. Subscribers to that basic cable channel can also access episodes on-demand and through the CTV app for a limited time after airing.
The same new episodes are also made available on Bell's Crave streaming service either the same day or the day after (new episodes of Discovery are currently posted 24 hours after they air on CTV Sci-Fi).
Classic series: Episodes of classic Star Trek series – including the original series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and Enterprise – are available in Canada on
both Crave and Netflix, in addition to regular airings on CTV Sci-Fi.
Movies: Films from both the original film series (with Shatner, Nimoy, and/or Patrick Stewart) and the "Kelvin Timeline" series (starring Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto) have been available at various points on either Netflix and/or Prime Video.
However, at present, there is no consistent subscription streaming home for these movies in Canada.
Of course, it is possible to rent or buy digital copies of any of these movies for a separate fee, through a number of different marketplaces – including the Apple TV / iTunes Store, Google Play TV & Movies, cable on-demand services, and even the aforementioned Prime Video.
I heard some of the new shows were also on CBS All Access / Paramount+, or Netflix, or Prime Video?
While Paramount+ (known prior to 2021 as CBS All Access) is also available in Canada, it did not launch here until after Discovery had debuted. By that point, CBS had already reached international rights deals for the series with Bell Media and others, and to date it has decided to maintain that pattern for subsequent spinoffs.
As a result – although the Star Trek franchise and all of the series are owned by ViacomCBS – due to the terms of those rights sales,
Canadians cannot currently access any Star Trek series on the Canadian version of Paramount+. This might change eventually, but it's unlikely to change before Discovery ends its run at the very earliest.
Netflix and Amazon Prime Video came on as international co-producers for Discovery and Picard, respectively, which means that they distribute each series in all countries outside the U.S. and Canada. At this time, we have no reason to expect that they will rerun the series at a future date in Canada (or the U.S. for that matter).