Star Trek Discovery Pulled from International Markets Days Before Season 4 Premiere

Who thought this was a good idea?

James Whitbrook, for Gizmodo:

Deadline reports that ViacomCBS has paid off the lucrative deal that brought Discovery to Netflix across the world outside of the U.S. and Canada four years ago, pulling the entire show from the platform at midnight tonight. The removal also means that Discovery’s fourth season, which was expected to begin airing weekly on Netflix starting this Friday, November 19—a day after it premieres on Paramount+ in the U.S. and on CTV’s Sci-Fi Channel in Canada—will now not air in international markets for at least a few months.

From the horse’s mouth on Twitter1:

TO OUR INTERNATIONAL STAR TREK: DISCOVERY FANS

WE KNOW YOU ARE ANXIOUS TO HEAR OUR PLANS FOR SEASON FOUR, SO WE WANTED TO UPDATE YOU.

INTERNATIONALLY, THE UPCOMING SEASON OF STAR TREK: DISCOVERY SEASON FOUR WILL NOW PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY WHERE PARAMOUNT+ IS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2022.

THIS MEANS THE NEW SEASON, AND ALL PREVIOUS DISCOVERY SEASONS, WILL BE AVAILABLE INTERNATIONALLY IN 2022 AS PARAMOUNT+ EXPANDS GLOBALLY.

There are no current plans to launch Paramount+ in Singapore, or anywhere else in Asia.

Dick move, ViacomCBS. It absolutely won’t lead to piracy.


  1. Yes, it’s all caps in the tweet. ↩︎