The failed streaming wars have seen many casualties, and Star Trek will not escape the fallout.
The streaming wars have been, largely, a joke. Everyone is losing money, franchises have been watered down to the point that even the deepest, hardest, most ardent of fans have lost interest and it is far more likely these individual outlets start consolidating in the near future to avoid complete financial collapse.
Paramount+ and Apple TV are already in talks to have their streaming services bundled together, all because neither outfit has been financially profitable since launching their services. And with news that there may be a change to the top of Paramount’s power structure once again, the age of endless Star Trek shows will quickly come to an end.
Expensive television series are going to be a thing of the past. It didn’t work. This era of Star Trek failed to reach the fans needed to keep the streaming service afloat. But they’re not alone, Star Wars has failed as well for Disney+, as has the MCU and countless other bloated franchises that streaming giants thought they could milk for every dollar. It didn’t work, and change is coming.
What changes are coming that could affect Star Trek?
There’s a Wells Fargo report that claims Paramount+ could be shut down due to the total amount total money lost. This means that there’d be no central home for all Star Trek content, as fans would in theory have to go and subscribe to a number of different services in order to have access to all of the Star Trek content that exists (buy physical media).
This means that shows like Strange New Worlds could leave for different services, or just be outright canceled.
One potential piece of good news is that, while we’d no longer have a host of new episodes to pick from across different shows every year, fans may get more stories from one series, should Paramount/CBS opt to air as how directly on their airwaves.
It’s not likely but it is a possibility.