Star Trek: Prodigy's success on Netflix gives hope for what the future holds

Star Trek is behind held back by Paramount+'s small subscriber account and bad business decisions'.

Los Angeles Premiere Of The Third And Final Season Of Paramount+'s Original Series "Star Trek:
Los Angeles Premiere Of The Third And Final Season Of Paramount+'s Original Series "Star Trek: / Albert L. Ortega/GettyImages
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Star Trek: Prodigy has found some serious success on Netflix, climbing into the Top 10 of all of their kid's shows in a matter of days, and being the No. 1 ranked animated series in a number of international countries within a matter of a week. The show, which was always among the best that Star Trek offered this past year, is finally getting the recognition it deserves as we march forward to a bold new future.

Netflix's userbase is massive, especially compared to the likes of Paramount+, which has struggled since its original inception as CBS All-Access to make money. The service continues to be one of the biggest money pits in all of the entertainment business and talks of yet another merger; this time with Warner Bros. Discovery, has made many gunshy about what happens to the service in the event of another merger.

Many believe Paramount+ could and should be shut down, so as to not lose even more money on the venture, and if that happens, that would actually be great for Star Trek as a brand. Maybe not for the fandom as a whole, who have grown accustomed to the idea of a single place containing all of the Trek they would want to consume (buy physical media), but definitely for the brand and its viewer base.

If the folks at a merged WBD and Paramount opt to end streaming or change how they distribute content and go with a third-party provider like Netflix, then more fans than ever will get a chance to engage and view the newest Star Trek content.

The series has not had the fandom support that past series' have had and its' because of the paywall that Paramount puts Star Trek behind. Star Trek, and quite frankly no other entertainment franchise, is big or good enough to warrant carrying an entire paid subscription. And it's hurt the overall appeal of the franchise.

Moving Star Trek to broadcast TV is the best thing for the franchise's future, and removing the pay wall, but the second best option is to move all new shows to a bigger streaming service like Netflix that could distribute your shows to a more broad audience.

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