The Star Trek Movies Have A Surprising New Streaming Home
All of the Star Trek movies (minus the three newest reboot films) have found a new home on HBO Max.
Disney+ has Star Wars and the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Amazon has Lord of the Rings and James Bond, and every other streaming service is scrambling to keep up. While Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon seem to be leading the pack with creating original content, the others seem to be content with scooping up as many big franchises as they can to entice large fanbases to subscribe. HBO Max is already the home of Marvel’s nemesis, the DC Extended Universe, and has now picked up a new franchise to compete as according to Trek Movie, all 10 Star Trek films, including the six involving Captain Kirk and crew and the four featuring Captain Picard and his bunch have landed on the platform.
As of November 1, subscribers to the HBO Max streaming service will get the opportunity to binge-watch all ten of the Star Trek films, the only films missing are the three reboot films beginning in 2009. While the majority of Star Trek content comes in the form of a collection of TV series starting in 1966 and spanning six decades and a dozen shows and many different crews and captains, the films became a franchise of their own. With Star Trek being one of Paramount’s most important franchises – keeping them competing with other streamers – the collection of movies is leaving the streaming service and headed to HBO Max to honor a previously agreed upon license deal.
The original series aired from 1966 to 1969 and had three seasons containing a total of 79 episodes. The crew of the Starship Enterprise was led by Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and included Spock (Leonard Nimoy), Leonard “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelly), Montgomery “Scotty” Scott (James Doohan), Nyota Uhura (Nichelle Nichols), Hikaru Sulu (George Takei), and Pavel Chekov (Walter Koenig). Ten years after the end of the series, the first Star Trek movie was released, Star Trek: The Motion Picture; it was followed by five more Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country.
In 1989, the franchise moved on from Kirk and company and launched seven seasons and 178 episodes lasting until 1994, Star Trek: The Next Generation. The new crew was led by Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart) and included William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes), and Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton). The new Star Trek crew only got four movies from 1994 until 2002, including Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek: Nemesis.
While the movies abruptly left Paramount+ in early October with no idea when or where fans would get an opportunity to binge again, the question has been answered now that HBO Max will feature them on November 1. At this point, there is no word when the entire franchise will be available on Paramount+. If you are one of the lucky ones that have a subscription to both streamers, you can binge Star Trek movies from beginning to end to your heart’s content.