CBS CEO Leslie Moonves expects Star Trek: Discovery to increase the number of subscribers to CBS All Access.
In his statement to investors, Moonves also hinted at when the new Trek series will begin airing. “On All Access, we were well over one million subs before we put on any original content,” he said. “We just launched The Good Fight, which is The Good Wife spin-off. It has done very well and we are very pleased and it’s only three weeks in but the subscribers are going up there.
“Once Star Trek comes on – which will be late summer/early fall – we expect the subscribers to go up considerably. We think as we keep adding original content, that’s going to be easy to get to four million there…It’s not even optimistic – we are confident we are going to hit those numbers.”
People outside the U.S. who already have Netflix will see Star Trek: Discovery, but don’t be surprised if CBS All Access expands overseas at some point, says Moonves. “There may be a possibility. Obviously with Star Trek we had a tremendous deal with Netflix to sell the international rights to them, which obviously paid for a lot of what Star Trek cost. There would be a possibility of looking at both OTT [Over the top streaming service] platforms and coming up with an international service. It is certainly working for Netflix and Amazon and a lot of local SVOD [Subscription Video on Demand] players so we are exploring this right now in certain territories.”