Sir Patrick Stewart

CBS All Access is doing quite well for itself, with hits like The Twilight Zone, The Good Fight and Star Trek: Discovery. But there's a decent-sized caveat to that, which is this: We're talking about in the U.S. and in Canada. Elsewhere? CBS may well need to look at other distributors.

And that's just what it's done, apparently, with the upcoming (and as-yet-unnamed) Star Trek series that'll focus on Patrick Stewart's Jean-Luc Picard.

From Variety:

Amazon has picked up the show from CBS Television Studios in more than 200 territories outside the U.S. and Canada. There's no word yet on a premiere date for the show. Amazon will have episodes of the show within 24 hours of the U.S. debut, under a multi-year commitment.

The decision to sell the show to Amazon indicates that CBS will not hold back its premium content outside the U.S. even as it looks to build out the CBS All Access subscriber base on a global basis. CBS has wholly owned streaming platforms operating in the U.S., Canada and Australia. But with a limited international footprint at present, CBS likely couldn't afford to down what was undoubtedly a rich offer from Amazon.

That doesn't mean that CBS All Access subscribers in the U.S. and Canada won't get their JLP fix. It's just that folks outside those regions will be getting it from Amazon is all.

And in any event, we all still have to wait for it to debut in the first place.

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