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CBS is not making it easy for American viewers.

Star Trek: Discovery begins on Sept. 24 in the U.S. and Canada, and Sept. 25 everywhere else. Unlike previous Star Trek shows, this one won’t be airing on network TV. So, where can you watch it?

How to watch Star Trek: Discovery

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How to watch Star Trek: Discovery in the U.S.

To the displeasure of many American fans, Discovery is only available on CBS All Access in the U.S. This is CBS’s online streaming service, and it costs $5.99 per month.

Episode 1 will air on CBS at 8:30pm ET (7:30pm CT), but after that you’ll need an All Access subscription. The good news is, episode 2 will be available immediately after the premiere airs on TV. New episodes will then appear weekly on All Access.

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How to watch Star Trek: Discovery in Canada

In Canada, Discovery will begin on CTV at the same time as the U.S. premiere. After that, new episodes will air weekly on the sci-fi channels Space (in English) and Z (in French). Online streamers can watch on CraveTV.

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How to watch Star Trek: Discovery internationally

International viewers can see new episodes on Netflix “within 24 hours” of the U.S. release. Netflix will distribute Discovery to 188 countries, so it’s a simple matter of searching “Star Trek: Discovery” on your Netflix account to make sure it’s listed in your country. The show will arrive at 9am CET on Netflix, just a few hours after it airs in the U.S.

If you’re an American who wants to dodge that CBS All Access charge by accessing foreign Netflix through a proxy, you may want to reconsider. Netflix recently updated the site to block international proxies, so it’s harder to cheat the system.


CBS is hosting Star Trek premieres in New York and Los Angeles. They’re exclusive events so you’re unlikely to sneak into a preview screening. A few critics will be in attendance, but they’re reportedly forbidden from publishing reviews until after the show airs. CBS is doing its level best to make sure no spoilers leak out—and to force people to sign up for All Access.

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