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Star Trek’ Returns to TVs in 2017 - But Only in Streaming Form

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The Starship Enterprise flies over an orange planet in 'The Man Trap,' the premiere episode of 'Star Trek,' which aired on September 8, 1966. CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images file

"Star Trek" fans, rejoice — there's a new series coming your way in 2017. But the way you'll watch it will be different from any previous Trek show: Except for the premiere, the new series will be available only on CBS All Access, the network's streaming video service.

CBS All Access costs $6 per month and provides access to many new and back episodes of shows on the network, including every episode of all previous "Star Trek" television series. The first new "Star Trek" episode will be televised and put on the service, but afterward each episode will be exclusive to All Access.

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A few years ago that might have been considered a risky or even foolish move — but networks and content providers are now embracing streaming wholeheartedly. Many shows are only available via streaming or online download, but that hasn't hurt their popularity. One of the last big holdouts was HBO, whose "Game of Thrones" has been consistently among the most-watched shows around, and now it too is available on HBO Now without a cable subscription.

But die-hard Trekkies probably care more about the show itself: Who's directing? Who's writing? When does it take place? How many episodes? Unfortunately, all that's known about the show right now is that it's planned to debut in January 2017 and that Alex Kurtzman, who co-wrote and produced the recent "Star Trek" movies, will be the executive producer — which does give a hint at the likely tone, look and feel.

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"The brand-new Star Trek will introduce new characters seeking imaginative new worlds and new civilizations, while exploring the dramatic contemporary themes that have been a signature of the franchise since its inception in 1966," reads the CBS blog post announcing the series.