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CBS Chief: We Could Have Sold DISCOVERY to Netflix For a Lot of Money

CBS Chief: We Could Have Sold DISCOVERY to Netflix For a Lot of Money

Star Trek: Discovery could have been sold to Netflix with a pretty high price tag, according to CBS Chief Executive Officer Les Moonves. However — as we all know — the latest installment of Star Trek on television is currently restricted to their own over-the-top subscription service CBS All Access.

“We could have sold it to Netflix for a lot more money, but you can be darn sure All Access wouldn’t be doing as well,” said Moonves, during the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference on Tuesday. Stressing the importance of original content on the service, Moonves credited Star Trek’s “built-in fanbase that was pretty emphatic.”

Moonves went on to note that the streaming service has helped bring in viewers 20 years younger than those who watch the network’s content through traditional means. “That bodes well for the future,” said Moonves.

Les Moonves

Les Moonves

After making a splash on CBS with 9.6 million viewers, Star Trek: Discovery’s first season was credited with record-breaking sign-ups, when the show transitioned over to All Access for the second episode. The series was renewed for a second season last October.

via Variety


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  1. JB

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    You can’t help but wonder if it would have been more like a traditional Star Trek show if they had sold it to Netflix, if it would have retained more staff with more history and respect for the source material, and if it would have maintained it’s laser-like focus on it’s violent, irrational, cannibalistic lead character.

  2. Eric Laranjo

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    It should be on Netflix. And I hope they make changes in season 2 to make it more like Star Trek,

  3. ziplock9000

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    “as we all know — the latest installment of Star Trek on television is currently restricted to their own over-the-top subscription service CBS All Access.” Erm.. No it’s not. Is Trek News once again forgetting there’s a whole planet outside of the US?

  4. TrevorAGreen

    August 22, 2019 at 8:31 pm

    I signed up for their stupid service that has no 4K while apparently netflix europe is showing the 4K version. I have only watched the first 2 episodes. I’m thinking of cancelling and just waiting until I can do 4K.

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