The third and final season of Star Trek: Picard, the sequel series to Star Trek: The Next Generation, is getting yet another streaming home in the UK: Paramount+.
The surprise announcement was made today, with Star Trek: Picard joining the rest of the Star Trek shows on Paramount+ UK (and around the world – except Canada).
This is despite the fact Picard was exclusive to Amazon’s Prime Video in the UK so far – and, somewhat unusually, will also remain on Prime Video, where it will be available to stream alongside Paramount+.
In the US, Star Trek: Picard Season 3 will premiere on February 16, 2023. UK viewers won’t have to wait long, and the first episode will be available on both Prime Video and Paramount+ UK on February 17, 2023.
Subsequent episodes (there will be 10 in total) will then be available to stream weekly.
The previous two seasons of Picard will also be added to the Paramount+ UK collection this month, while also staying on Amazon’s Prime Video for now.
And, to top off the Star Trek collection on Paramount+ – Star Trek: Lower Decks, the popular animated series which is currently available on Prime Video, will also get added to the streaming service later in the year.
This means Paramount+ UK will become the home to every series and every episode of the full catalog of Star Trek.
This includes all seasons of the Paramount+ original series Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Lower Decks and Star Trek: Prodigy, as well as the newest addition – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (which is set to have a crossover episode with Lower Decks).
Star Trek: Picard features the beloved character of Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), and is set in the 24th century, 20+ years after the end of Star Trek: Nemesis (2002), which was the last film to feature The Next Generation’s characters.
Season 1 saw the return of several beloved Next Generation characters, and Season 2, which involved time travel, brought back the character of Q, played by John de Lancie.
Season 3 of Star Trek: Picard, which is set to be the series’ last season, is planning to bow out with a bang, giving the cast and characters of TNG a royal sendoff.
The final season will see the return of Star Trek: The Next Generation stars LeVar Burton, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Gates McFadden, Marina Sirtis and Brent Spiner.
They will join returning cast members Jeri Ryan (of Star Trek: Voyager fame) and Michelle Hurd.
How To Watch Star Trek: Picard In The UK
With the announcement that Picard is coming to Paramount+ in the UK on February 17, the new season (and previous ones) will be available on TWO major streaming services.
While unusual, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a big show stream on two services at once: last year, we saw the final season of American drama This Is Us air on both Prime Video and Disney+ in the UK.
Picard On Prime Video
Prime Video, the streaming service from Amazon, has an extensive library of on-demand movies, TV programmes and original productions.
You can watch it on almost every streaming device and Smart TV in the UK, as most of them already have the Prime Video app – from Amazon’s own Fire TV sticks, to Roku streamers, and even Sky and Virgin Media’s set-top boxes.
You can subscribe to Prime Video either by getting an annual Amazon Prime subscription (which currently costs £95/year), or with a stand-alone, monthly subscription, to either the full Prime (at £8.99/month) or just for the Prime Video part for £5.99/month.
If you’re not a member yet, you can get a free trial for 30 days, to either one of the subscription tiers.
When Episode 1 of Star Trek: Picard Season 3 becomes available on Prime Video, subscribers will be able to watch it at no extra cost (without having to pay extra to rent or buy it).
Fans who prefer to watch without subscribing to Prime, can buy single seasons of Picard – with Season 3 becoming available to purchase at a later date.
Picard On Paramount+
Paramount+ is a streaming service that offers content from CBS, Showtime and Paramount Pictures, as well as exclusive, original programmes and films.
Paramount+ costs £6.99/month or £69.90/year in the UK, with a free 7-day trial available to everyone.
The standalone Paramount+ app is available on most major streaming devices and Smart TVs sold in the UK, and you can sign up either directly via the Paramount+ app/website, or via Amazon Prime Video Channels.
Prime Video Channels require an Amazon Prime subscription, and you then subscribe to Paramount+ on top of that. You will then be able to watch Paramount+ on any device that supports the Prime Video app, not just those with the Paramount+ app (Though, remember that with a Prime Video subscription, you will be able to watch Picard WITHOUT having to subscribe to Paramount+).
Star Trek: Lower Decks, which will be coming to Paramount+ UK later this year, focuses on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos, in 2380.
The crew have to keep up with their duties and their social lives, often while the ship is being rocked by a multitude of sci-fi anomalies.
The Starfleet crew residing in the “lower decks” of the U.S.S. Cerritos includes Ensign Beckett Mariner, voiced by Tawny Newsome; Ensign Brad Boimler, voiced by Jack Quaid; Ensign Tendi, voiced by Noël Wells; and Ensign Rutherford, voiced by Eugene Cordero.