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Where have all the Star Trek episodes gone?

UnnDunn

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 12:35 am

So I enjoy watching Star Trek. I wouldn't call myself a trekkie (or whatever the kids are calling themselves these days) but I will seek out (rimshot!;) Star Trek episodes on TV and online, and boldly (*groan*) watch them, and I've watched the new movie three times in theaters.

Anyway, a while ago I decided to "get serious" with my Star Trek watching and try to get through an entire series, and given that I'd never watched an episode up til then, I decided to start with Enterprise. I started downloading episodes from Xbox Live in HD. And life was good; I got through seasons 1 and 2 and about half way through season 3 before one day, all the episodes were unceremoniously yanked from Xbox Live.

Grrrr.

Fast forward about 12 months. I found all 4 seasons of Enterprise on Amazon.com Video On Demand. This time, only in standard def. No matter, I downloaded season 3 to finish it. Took me about a month to finish up the rest of it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it (though I hate contrived season-ending cliffhangars, and the one at the end of season 3 is as contrived as they come.) I went back to Amazon, credit card out, all ready to drop $50 on season 4, only to find it had been yanked from Amazon. Again.

GRRRRRRRRRRRR.

In fact, it seems like every episode of every Star Trek series is gone from every digital download store I can think of. Only the movies remain, and a handful of seasons on iTunes (which I refuse to use because I don't have an iPod.) So I can't get my Star Trek fix on. DVDs are way too much hassle; I just don't do them anymore.

I really don't know what CBS/Paramount/Viacom/whoever is playing at, all I know is I used to be able to download nearly every Star Trek episode online, legally, and now I can't. I just got done watching the movie and was amped to gorge myself on a few Star Trek episodes, and I just can't.

Bah, i'm sorry to join with such a long and ranty post, but come on! You're killing me over here, Paramount!

Mirrorgirl

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 2:04 am

Welcome to the boards UnnDunn,

What a sad tale indeed. I have no answer for you, but it sucks

chator56

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 2:24 am

Quote (UnnDunn @ June 30 2009, 12:35 am)
So I enjoy watching Star Trek. I wouldn't call myself a trekkie (or whatever the kids are calling themselves these days) but I will seek out (rimshot!;) Star Trek episodes on TV and online, and boldly (*groan*) watch them, and I've watched the new movie three times in theaters.

Anyway, a while ago I decided to "get serious" with my Star Trek watching and try to get through an entire series, and given that I'd never watched an episode up til then, I decided to start with Enterprise. I started downloading episodes from Xbox Live in HD. And life was good; I got through seasons 1 and 2 and about half way through season 3 before one day, all the episodes were unceremoniously yanked from Xbox Live.

Grrrr.

Fast forward about 12 months. I found all 4 seasons of Enterprise on Amazon.com Video On Demand. This time, only in standard def. No matter, I downloaded season 3 to finish it. Took me about a month to finish up the rest of it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it (though I hate contrived season-ending cliffhangars, and the one at the end of season 3 is as contrived as they come.) I went back to Amazon, credit card out, all ready to drop $50 on season 4, only to find it had been yanked from Amazon. Again.

GRRRRRRRRRRRR.

In fact, it seems like every episode of every Star Trek series is gone from every digital download store I can think of. Only the movies remain, and a handful of seasons on iTunes (which I refuse to use because I don't have an iPod.) So I can't get my Star Trek fix on. DVDs are way too much hassle; I just don't do them anymore.

I really don't know what CBS/Paramount/Viacom/whoever is playing at, all I know is I used to be able to download nearly every Star Trek episode online, legally, and now I can't. I just got done watching the movie and was amped to gorge myself on a few Star Trek episodes, and I just can't.

Bah, i'm sorry to join with such a long and ranty post, but come on! You're killing me over here, Paramount!

Either Paramount wants to force you to buy the DVD's or J.J.'s Old Trek hating henchmen are conspiring to eliminate all memory of the previously established Trek Universe.

It's not gonna work J.J.!   :laugh:

coloradochaz

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 8:32 am

You can't get something for nothing. Sorry. I've spent a fortune on Star Trek dvd's. You can rent them from netflix if you're in North America, or you can buy them. Amazon.com has the best prices.

UnnDunn

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 8:42 am

I'm betting Paramount is either getting ready to sell Trek episodes online itself (why?) or someone paid for some sort of exclusive online distrubution deal (grrr!;)

UnnDunn

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 8:44 am

Quote (coloradochaz @ June 30 2009, 8:32 am)
You can't get something for nothing. Sorry. I've spent a fortune on Star Trek dvd's. You can rent them from netflix if you're in North America, or you can buy them. Amazon.com has the best prices.

I'm not trying to. Each episode I bought from Xbox Live cost me $3, and I paid about $40 for season 3 of Enterprise.

I just don't like DVDs because I have to store them and swap them out all the time.

LegendofStu

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 9:05 am

Quote (coloradochaz @ June 30 2009, 8:32 am)
You can't get something for nothing. . I've spent a fortune on Star Trek dvd's. You can rent them from netflix if you're in North America, or you can buy them. Amazon.com has the best prices.

I'd go with this. I was a blockbuster online member for a long time but they are absolutely terrible now, especially for a Star Trek fan. They NEVER have DS9 seasons ready to send. I signed up for a free trial of netflix and they had every season and every disc ready to ship, so I've finally gotten to start Season 5 of DS9. So I'd definitely go with netflix.

Commander_Zelkar

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 9:45 am

Quote (UnnDunn @ June 30 2009, 8:44 am)
Quote (coloradochaz @ June 30 2009, 8:32 am)
You can't get something for nothing. Sorry. I've spent a fortune on Star Trek dvd's. You can rent them from netflix if you're in North America, or you can buy them. Amazon.com has the best prices.

I'm not trying to. Each episode I bought from Xbox Live cost me $3, and I paid about $40 for season 3 of Enterprise.

I just don't like DVDs because I have to store them and swap them out all the time.

So changing a DVD is too much work for you?

:eyesroll:

coloradochaz

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 10:08 am

I solved that problem by purchasing a 5-disc dvd player. Now I only need to change them once every day or two.
;)

spacemonster

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 10:20 am

You can get the DVDs and just reencode them to divx or even h.264 if you got a semi decent setup. That way you can have all your episodes on hard drive ready on tap to playback anytime, anywhere if you enable network access.  It's what I did with my sets, so I can playback on my system or hook up my laptop to the big screen tv and playback from there with the network share.  Hard drive space is dirt cheap so not a problem with massive storage you'll need to save them all.

UnnDunn

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 11:25 am

Quote (Commander_Zelkar @ June 30 2009, 9:45 am)
Quote (UnnDunn @ June 30 2009, 8:44 am)
Quote (coloradochaz @ June 30 2009, 8:32 am)
You can't get something for nothing. Sorry. I've spent a fortune on Star Trek dvd's. You can rent them from netflix if you're in North America, or you can buy them. Amazon.com has the best prices.

I'm not trying to. Each episode I bought from Xbox Live cost me $3, and I paid about $40 for season 3 of Enterprise.

I just don't like DVDs because I have to store them and swap them out all the time.

So changing a DVD is too much work for you?

:eyesroll:

Call it whatever you like, but I never liked physical media. I don't buy CDs or DVDs. Well, let me rephrase that: I don't buy CDs or DVDs by choice. All they do is take up space and get in the way. If there is a digital distribution option available to me, I'll use that first. If there isn't, then chances are I just won't bother with that particular piece of media, with relatively few exceptions. That's just the way I am.

Commander_Zelkar

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 11:35 am

Quote (UnnDunn @ June 30 2009, 11:25 am)
Quote (Commander_Zelkar @ June 30 2009, 9:45 am)
Quote (UnnDunn @ June 30 2009, 8:44 am)
Quote (coloradochaz @ June 30 2009, 8:32 am)
You can't get something for nothing. Sorry. I've spent a fortune on Star Trek dvd's. You can rent them from netflix if you're in North America, or you can buy them. Amazon.com has the best prices.

I'm not trying to. Each episode I bought from Xbox Live cost me $3, and I paid about $40 for season 3 of Enterprise.

I just don't like DVDs because I have to store them and swap them out all the time.

So changing a DVD is too much work for you?

:eyesroll:

Call it whatever you like, but I never liked physical media. I don't buy CDs or DVDs. Well, let me rephrase that: I don't buy CDs or DVDs by choice. All they do is take up space and get in the way. If there is a digital distribution option available to me, I'll use that first. If there isn't, then chances are I just won't bother with that particular piece of media, with relatively few exceptions. That's just the way I am.

I guess I'm just getting old.

whyaduck

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Report this Jun. 30 2009, 1:28 pm

Quote (Commander_Zelkar @ June 30 2009, 11:35 am)
I guess I'm just getting old.

I've already gotten old. :D

I'd much rather have the DVDs (or CDs when it comes to music or audio books).

DefLeppard

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Report this Jul. 07 2009, 12:29 am

Sci FI channel is always showing Star Trek next gen and Enterprise. Voyager is on Spike TV ( or it was until recently ) as for the original series i think it's TV land for in the early mornings

Skullmiser

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Report this Jul. 07 2009, 3:46 pm

I know that you can watch the Original episodes on Cbs.com.

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