Hailing Frequencies Open! How to Watch ‘Star Trek: Discovery’

Well, the day is almost here! Star Trek: Discovery premieres on Sunday at 8:30 pm EST, and for the first time since 2001, Star Trek fans have a new series pilot to look forward to. Unlike in 2001, however, the ways to watch Discovery aren’t as simple. CBS All Access takes center stage with every episode except the pilot, at least for those in the U.S., so don’t worry if you need some help understanding how to watch the show.

Let us help you!

How to watch the pilot episode

The pilot is straightforward enough: tune into CBS like usual on Sunday and watch Discovery like any other CBS show. However, fans will be treated to a second episode on Sunday night, and this is where it might get complicated. You’ll need CBS All Access to watch this episode and every subsequent one.

CBS All Access on AppleTV
CBS All Access on AppleTV | Credit: TrekNews.net

Devices you can watch Star Trek: Discovery on

You can get the All Access app on the following devices:

  • Apple TV
  • Android devices
  • Google Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • iPad
  • iPhone
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku
  • Windows 10 PCs
  • Xbox

That’s quite a few options, and they more than likely cover a device you use. There is a monthly cost to using CBS All Access: either $6 (you’ll have to suffer through commercials, or the non-commercial $10 option. Considering every other Star Trek series is on All Access, as well as many other CBS shows, that’s not a bad price.

How to watch in the U.S. and Internationally

If you live outside the U.S. and Canada, Discovery will be available on Netflix (which is great news for the show, considering Netflix’s massive user base). According to Netflix, each episode will be available within 24 hours of being released in the U.S. In case you are one of the ten people in the world that doesn’t have a Netflix account, pricing is actually cheaper than CBS All Access: the lowest tier price is $8 for access to practically endless standard definition content on one screen. For HD viewing, that price goes up to $10 (the two-screen option) or $12 (the four-screen option).

How to watch in Canada

What about Canadian fans? Don’t worry! The two-part Star Trek: Discovery premiere will debut on the Space Channel on Sunday at 8:30 p.m. EST (same as the United States). Subsequent episodes will air on Space every Sunday night starting on October 1st. Every episode will also be available on the Space GO app. If that app isn’t your fancy, Discovery will also be available on the CraveTV streaming service starting on September 25th.

Some of the devices Star Trek: Discovery will be accessible on.
Some of the devices Star Trek: Discovery will be accessible on. | Credit: TrekNews.net

The Star Trek: Discovery after-show After Trek

And let’s not forget about the after show, a first for the franchise. This show, now called Talking Trek, will be exclusive to CBS All Access in the United States. The first Talking Trek will premiere right the second episode on Sunday night at 11 p.m. The host has yet to be announced.

UPDATE: Comedian Matt Mira has been named the host of After Trek.

How will you be watching Discovery? Let us know in the comments below.

Michelle Yeah as Captain Georgiou  and Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Discovery
Michelle Yeah as Captain Georgiou and Sonequa Martin-Green as Michael Burnham in the pilot episode of Star Trek: Discovery | Credit: CBS All Access

The cast of Star Trek: Discovery includes Sonequa Martin-Green (First Officer Michael Burnham), Michelle Yeoh (Captain Philippa Georgiou) Jason Isaacs (Captain Gabriel Lorca), Chris Obi (T’Kuvma), Doug Jones (Lt. Saru), Kenneth Mitchell (Kol), James Frain (Sarek), and Shazad Latif (Kol), Anthony Rapp (Lt. Stamets), Wilson Cruz (Dr. Hugh Culber), Sam Vartholomeos (Ensign Connor), Mary Wiseman (Cadet Tilly), Mary Chieffo (L’Rell) and Rainn Wilson (Harry Mudd).

Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 PM ET on CBS. Immediately following the first episode’s release, the second episode will be available in the U.S. on CBS All Access, with subsequent episodes released on Sundays. The first eight episodes will run from September 24 through November 5, with the series returning in January 2018.

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Kyle Hadyniak has been a lifelong Star Trek fan. A graduate student at the University of Maine, Kyle spends his time either doing school work, playing music, reading history, or immersing himself in a good video game.

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  • David Mireault

    Please make After Trek available worldwide!

  • Netflix pays a bajillion dollars for the worst Trek and doesn’t even get rights to the After Show show. Can’t wait until they sue CBS. I will watch Thursdays at 9PM on Fox for free.

    • Paul A. Prince III

      Hah! I see what you did there. 🙂

  • BorgKenobi

    What’s disgusting is that Les Moonves admitted that Netflix paying for the Discovery internationally has covered its production costs, meaning CBS is just using Discovery as a cash cow for its failing All Access.

  • Trent

    So let me see, you get to watch the first episode for free on CBS ,and you have to pay after that .Anyone wanna bet that the first episode ends on a cliffhanger?

  • James Robertson

    OMG I have been waited patiently for new Star Trek since Axanar happened. Why cant I watch this on Netflix?