How to Stream the New Star Trek Series ‘Star Trek: Discovery’


Star Trek: Discovery is debuting next month. The first episode is broadcasting free over-the-air, but the rest of the season is only available via stream.

If you consider yourself a Trekkie or Trekker, you should know that a new Star Trek series is joining the franchise — Star Trek: Discovery. The new series will premiere September 24th on CBS broadcast television. If you’re a cord-cutter you’ll need to have an antenna to receive the transmission over-the-air (OTA) in HD. Or, if you subscribe to a live TV streaming service such as Hulu Live, Sling TV, or PlayStation Vue, your package will need to carry a local CBS affiliate station. However, once the debut episode of Star Trek: Discovery is broadcast OTA, you’ll need to stream the rest of the 15-episode season online through its CBS All Access subscription service.


Stream Star Trek: Discovery via CBS All Access

This is an obvious marketing ploy by CBS. It’s giving away the first episode to entice fans to purchase the CBS All Access service. To further tease you to do an impulse buy, the second episode goes live the same night on the streaming service following the OTA broadcast. CBS isn’t going to dump the entire 15 seasons at once either. The first eight episodes will run through November 5th and the second half of the season won’t launch until January of next year. Since they are staggering the rollout, it throws a wrench into plans of just buying one month to binge on the show and then cancel – unless you want to wait.


CBS All Access offers new subscribers a seven-day free trial. After that, plans start at $5.99/month or $59.99/year and includes commercials. If you want your viewing experience to be commercial-free it will cost you $9.99/month or $99.99 for the annual subscription. A CBS All Access subscription gives you more than just the new Star Trek Discover series. You get live CBS programming as well as its entire library of current and classic shows on-demand. Yes, that includes the full Star Trek series, too (TOS, TNG, DS9, Voyager, Enterprise and the animated series).

You can watch CBS All Access via a browser from your Mac or PC. It’s also available for most of the major set-top boxes including Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. It also works through the CBS app for from iOS, Android, Windows 10, or Amazon’s Fire OS.

Are you excited about the new Star Trek series? Will you pony up the five bucks a month to watch it on CBS All Access? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts.



  1. Kixfan

    I’m a cord cutter so I already have CBS All Access anyway. I needed it since I lost my DVR when I eliminated Time Warner/Spectrum from my TV viewing life. Best decision I ever made!

  2. Widdershins

    They’re not doing themselves any favours by doing this. I’d want as many eyes on this product as I could through as many platforms as I could. This is just a modern version of ‘penny-wise, pound-foolish.’

  3. kbut

    Let’s C… $6/60 so they can anoy me further by making a 30 minute program last 90 minutes
    of $10/100 to watch that same 30 minute program….

    What do they fill the extra minutes with? Surely not more program… OH, blank screen! That wouldn’t be so bad.

    haha, where is my copy of bit torrent!

    • Darrell Birkey

      An hours how is about 41 minutes without commercials. There are no holes. The program is over in 41 minutes.

  4. Robert Zogby

    I have Netflix. I have Spectum onDenand and still will
    Not have access to the new Star Trek. Will I pay for CBSAll Access??? No f—king way. Eventually it will be available on Netflix or elsewhere without the added cost.

  5. Darrell Birkey

    Don’t count on it CBS owns the show. I’ve had CBS allaccess since it started and it keeps getting better. this nit the first original series and now there are some movies too.

    Instead paying so much for Spectrum, go internet only and watch on demand for much less on a Roku player.

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