New free ways to stream Star Trek, plus changes to CBS All Access underway

It seems like Star Trek is everywhere these days. With more shows than ever before in production and on the way, the Star Trek Universe is expanding nearly as fast as our own universe! But, let’s face it — almost all of this new Trek is available only if you subscribe to CBS All Access. For the next few weeks, you can stream Star Trek titles that are ordinarily available only through that subscription.

Stream Short Treks

First, fans can stream Season Two of Star Trek: Short Treks on the house for a limited time. Catch the Short Trek episodes like:

You can watch those episodes on the CBS mobile app, at CBS All Access on YouTube, or at until August 31, 2020.

Lower Decks on YouTube

If you’re interested in Lower Decks, but not ready to pay for the CBS All Access subscription, you can watch the first two episode, “Second Contact,” free of charge on YouTube.

CBS All Access / Showtime bundle on Apple TV+

If you’re interested in getting CBS All Access… and possibly showtime, you should consider the deal from Apple.

“Apple TV+ gives you access to award-winning Apple Originals, with more high quality series and movies being added each month,” said Apple’s Eddy Cue in a press release. “This bundle is a big bonus for Apple TV+ subscribers, giving them the best of CBS and Showtime on the Apple TV app at a great value.”

Basically, if you sign up for CBS All Access through Apple TV+, you’ll get Showtime free! The deal is $9.99 a month, and that’s the same price you’d pay for CBS All Access through CBS, without the extra Showtime content.

CBS All Access may become Paramount+

In an effort to appeal to the younger demographic (Generation Z and Millennials) who associate CBS with older shows, the brass at Viacom is kicking around a few ideas on what to call their flagship network. It was just a few months back that we saw them add content from BET, Nickelodeon, the Smithsonian Channel, and MTV to the CBS All Access app. In 2021 sometime, a ton of Viacom-owned content will be available under one “super service,” designed to compete with Netflix, Disney, Hulu, and others.

The new name which is being floated at the moment, is Paramount+ which would put all ViacomCBS under one streaming roof, while positioning the brand against Disney+, HBO Max, and Peacock.

It would be wonderful for Trek fans to be able to access all Trek shows and movies with one service.

NOTE: Most of these, if not all, are available for U.S.-based customers only.


As of Sept. 15, 2020, Viacom boss Bob Bakish confirmed the rumors that the new streaming service would indeed be called “Paramount+.” He said the Paramount brand was “one of the most storied brands in Hollywood.”