Once again, Paramount+ has removed all of Star Trek: The Original Series movies and Star Trek: The Next Generation movies.
In a move that seems counterintuitive, Paramount+ has removed all six of the Star Trek: The Original Series movies and all four of the Star Trek: The Next Generation movies. Star Trek: Beyond is also missing from the streaming network, according to Trekmovie. So this means none of the movies starring William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy or the movies starring Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Frakes are available to stream without a rental price.
Right now, this seems to be applicable only to Paramount+ USA, but there’s no telling if that could change anytime soon. Star Trek: Beyond is available to stream on AMC+ which might account for its removal from the streaming channel. But with Paramount+ wanting to be the sole home of all things Trek, this move doesn’t make a lot of sense, especially if there are no third-party revenue deals in place like it had with Netflix and Amazon.
This isn’t the first time Paramount+ has pulled the movies from its channel.
Last year, all ten of the Star Trek movies from The Original Series and The Next Generation left the channel for AMC+. They returned only a few months later. But this is the first time in a very long time that the movies from the twentieth century have not been available on a channel that didn’t require additional payment to watch.
The recent removal of Star Trek V from Paramount Pictures’ lineup and the loss of these movies aren’t sitting well with fans who feel that the network doesn’t care as much about the films as it does the Star Trek series. Perhaps the series are being watched by a bigger audience, but that doesn’t explain why the movies would simply disappear from Paramount without them going in another direction…unless that other direction is simply keeping them available to watch at with a rental price.
DVDs aren’t as popular as they once were so not everyone has the movies readily available without streaming, and if all of Star Trek isn’t going to be available on Paramount, that’s going to cause a huge issue for fans who subscribed to Paramount+ for all things Star Trek…not just the series.