When You Can Watch Star Trek: Discovery Without CBS All Access

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Star Trek: Discovery brought the Star Trek franchise back to the small screen with new episodes for the first time in more than ten years. This time, however, the Star Trek action was going down on a platform that nobody could have even dreamed of back when the original series first premiered in the 1960s. Airing on CBS All Access enables subscribers to watch and rewatch episodes at their leisure, but it also means that folks who don't subscribe don't get to watch... for now. We now know when you'll be able to watch Star Trek: Discovery even without CBS All Access. The full first season will be available on DVD and Blu-ray in the not-too-distant future.

The DVD and Blu-ray sets for the first season of Star Trek: Discovery will be available starting on Tuesday, November 13. You'll be able to watch and rewatch all 15 episodes to your heart's delight, along with over two hours of special features, including interviews with the people who brought Trek back to TV, footage from the filming process, and a number of featurettes. Additionally, you can find deleted and extended scenes.

On the one hand, the November release is still a ways off, so non-subscribers to CBS All Access still have a wait before they can watch on Blu-ray or DVD. On the other hand, Star Trek: Discovery is exclusively available on CBS All Access at the moment, so curious folks will hopefully just be happy to know that the show will be available without shelling out the money to subscribe to the service.

Many broadcast TV shows make new episodes available on their official sites, apps, or platforms like Hulu, Amazon, and iTunes after they've aired, but that's not the case with CBS All Access. For Star Trek: Discovery, the only options were once either to pay for CBS All Access or just not watch. While you'll still have to pay if you want to get your hands on the Blu-ray or DVD, a one-off purchase might be preferable to shelling out a monthly fee for a streaming service, especially if you'd only use that streaming service for one show.

The upcoming Blu-ray release should be good news for Star Trek TV fans who are still bummed about why Voyager and Deep Space Nine might never be released in the same high-quality format. The November 13 release also means that Season 1 will be available on Blu-ray and DVD before the second season kicks off in 2019. Perhaps people who buy the set and get hooked will be willing to subscribe to CBS All Access for Season 2. The show, which was renewed after only six episodes aired, is handled by experts in all things Star Trek lore who put a lot of thought into what they bring to the small screen, and it should certainly be worth tuning in.

You'll be able to find the Blu-ray and DVD sets for Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 at retailers on November 13, and stay tuned to CinemaBlend for news of Season 2. Discovery isn't the only Star Trek series headed to CBS All Access, and the newest is bringing back a fan-favorite to star. For some viewing options between now and then, take a look at our fall TV premiere schedule.

Laura Hurley
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