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How to stream ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

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Oct 14, 2020, 11:17 am*

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Jaime Carrillo 

Jaime Carrillo

For quite a long time, Star Trek fans were left in the dark, drifting through the cold vacuum of television with not a single new Star Trek show in sight. After three fantastic movies, Trek finally returned to the small screen in 2017 with Star Trek: Discovery.

Well, sort of. Star Trek: Discovery hit the CBS streaming service, so only serious Trekkies got to delight to the adventures of Michael Burnam and Captain Lorca on the Federation starship Discovery. Set a decade before the start of the original series, Discovery reminds sci-fi fans of the potential of the genre. And the show will finally be available on CBS starting in late September.

Here’s everything you need to know to stream Star Trek: Discovery.

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What is Star Trek: Discovery?

  • Launched: September 2017
  • Airtime: Season 3 premiers on CBS All Access Thursday, October 15, at 9pm. Season 1 premieres on CBS on Thursday, September 24. New episodes air on the following Thursdays at the same time.
  • Channel: CBS, CBS All Access
  • Genre: Teen drama
  • Starring: Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham, Doug Jones as Saru, Shazad Latif as Voq/Ash Tyler, Anthony Rapp as Paul Stamets, Mary Wiseman as Sylvia Tilly, Jason Isaacs as Gabriel Lorca, Wilson Cruz as Hugh Culber, Anson Mount as Christopher Pike, David Ajala as Cleveland “Book” Booker
  • Seasons: Three seasons on CBS All Access. Season 1 available on CBS.
  • Status: Pending

Star Trek: Discovery Reviews

What the critics are saying:

  • “It’s even more beautiful watching two women of color, black and Asian, navigate a realm that traditionally hasn’t included them. It honors sci-fi’s history while giving it a bold new future to stake claim in, making Star Trek essential television for the first time in decades.” –Ira Madison III, Daily Beast
  • “You respect the ambition of unspooling this story gradually, but the third episode also retroactively makes the two-part prologue feel even more overextended. This feels like a show struggling to find its heart. But at least Martin-Green gives it a pulse.” –Darren Franich, Entertainment Weekly

How to stream Star Trek: Discovery

CBS is available on a few of the major live TV streaming services. When trying to decide which one is best for you, you’ll want to weigh the cost, the other channels you’ll receive, and the compatible devices for streaming. At the moment, only season one will be available on CBS. New seasons are still exclusive to CBS All Access.

Star Trek: Discovery on Hulu with Live TV

Hulu Live TV is a great way to stream live TV, as it comes with access to Hulu’s massive library of on-demand content. You’ll be able to choose from movies, shows, and Hulu’s original programming, and keep up with what’s new each month. Hulu plans even include a bundle option where you can access Disney+ and ESPN+ along with Hulu.

Hulu Live TV sets you up with local channels and has a broad spectrum of entertainment and sports channels to review, including the full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, HGTV, and even deep cuts like National Geographic and Syfy, and of course, CBS, where you can stream Star Trek: Discovery.

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Star Trek: Discovery on FuboTV

FuboTV started as a streaming service geared toward sports fans, but it’s evolved into a broadly-appealing option with entertainment and news options alongside its robust sports choices. Depending on the package, you can access as many as 180+ FuboTV channels. If you’re looking to be entertained, Bravo, IFC, MTV, and VH1 are options even at Fubo’s most basic tier. The Fubo channel list still includes plenty of sports, including the Fubo Sports Network, which has original programming mixing sports and humor. The FuboTV cost starts at $54.99 a month, and with Disney Media favorites like ABC, ESPN, and the Disney Channel now on board, some who were on the fence about Fubo are giving it another look.

To watch Star Trek: Discovery, you’ll want to dock in at the FuboTV Standard level.

Fubo TV packages
Standard$59.99
Family$64.99
Family with Showtime$74.99 ($69.99 for first 3 mos.)
Elite$79.99

Star Trek: Discovery on Sling TV

For a more à la carte service, look to Sling TV. It offers two cable packages, Sling Orange and Sling Blue, both of which cost $30 per month. If you grab them both (Sling Orange + Blue) you can save $10 per month. Sling Blue offers more bang for your buck with over 40 channels, including sports necessities like FS1, NBCSN, and NFL Network. You’ll also gain access to the usual cable mainstays like Food Network, Discovery, Cartoon Network, SYFY, and FXX. Here’s the complete guide to Sling TV channels.

Sling TV
Orange$30
Blue$30
Orange + Blue$45

How to use AirTV with Sling

CBS is not available on any Sling TV package. However, there is an easy workaround. By purchasing a basic AirTV for $79.99 or the AirTV Player for $119.99, you can gain access to local channels in your Sling TV package. As the Daily Dot wrote in its AirTV review, “It’s practically magic.”

The basic AirTV is a dual-tuner streaming device, while the AirTV Player is basically an upgraded Chromecast that has Netflix preinstalled. You’ll still need to own an HD antenna because even though AirTV gets you access to your local channels, it doesn’t actually physically show them to you.

But AirTV—which has no monthly fee—serves to strengthen one of Sling’s biggest weaknesses compared to other live streaming services. It’s the only way to watch Star Trek: Discovery using Sling TV.


Star Trek: Discovery on AT&T TV Now

If you’re already looking to AT&T for your wireless needs, you might consider AT&T TV Now to cover streaming for you. AT&T TV Now channels start with Plus and Max, which even include HBO. Then, AT&T plans expand from there, approaching cable selection and pricing with AT&T TV Now’s biggest packages. AT&T streaming also comes with Cloud DVR, letting you record up to 20 hours of TV per month. If you’re looking for CBS, get in at the AT&T TV Now Plus tier to stream it.

at&t TV Now
Plus$65
Max$80
Entertainment$93
Choice$110
Xtra$124
Ultimate$135
Premier$183
Optimo Mas$86


Star Trek: Discovery on CBS All Access

New episodes of Star Trek: Discovery are only available on CBS All Access. Season 3 premiers Thursday, October 15, at 9pm and will be available exclusively on the CBS streaming platform.

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CBS All Access is the network’s official entry into the streaming arena, and set the tone for other major networks launching their own streaming services. (Looking at you, Peacock.) CBS All Access anchors itself in the vast CBS show library, going into TV history as well as relying on the Star Trek series and the crime dramas that help define it today. It also has a selection of movies tied to Paramount’s ownership by CBS parent Viacom. It’s also a destination for live events like the annual Grammy Awards, and it’s becoming a destination for live sports fans. The 2020 NWSL Challenge Cup and a new role as Champions League soccer host makes it a legitimate player in sports programming.

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*First Published: Sep 24, 2020, 9:11 am