Star Trek enters Netflix streaming orbit

Posted by Starr Keshet

CBS and Netflix have clinched a potentially lucrative two-year licensing deal for the latter company to stream two classic sci-fi series: "Star Trek" (all generations ) and "The Twilight Zone."

A number of additional, popular shows will begin streaming in April, including "Medium," Flashpoint" and "Frasier."

Star Trek enters Netflix streaming orbitOlder shows, like "Cheers" (where everybody knows your name), "Family Ties" (hello Michael J Fox), "Hawaii Five-0," (gotta love the theme music) "Twin Peaks" (kind of creepy) and the Andy Griffith Show (Andy, are you goofing on Elvis?) are also part of the above-mentioned agreement. 

"More and more, people want to be able to access our programming on a wide variety of platforms," explained CBS exec Scott Koondel.

"We are very pleased that the titles offered through this deal will now also be made available to a whole new community through the terrific and convenient service that Netflix offers."

However, Koondel emphasized that the above-mentioned deal is "non-exclusive," allowing the network to pursue "additional distribution partners" who are "additive" to its overall business.

Translation? Good for you, but not that great for Netflix.