Watching the premiere episode of “Star Trek: Discovery” this weekend will be easy, but after that, it’ll cost you.
The much-anticipated series – which takes place 10 years before the William Shatner-led original – debuts at 8:30 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
But it was created for the CBS subscription streaming service, CBS All Access, so that’s where subsequent episodes will air.
The cost for CBS All Access is $5.99 a month ($9.99 without ads) or $59.99 for a year ($99.99 without ads).
CBS did the same with the “The Good Fight,” a spinoff series of “The Good Wife.” After that show’s initial debut, it moved to the pay service.
Here’s how to get it
First, sign up at cbs.com/all-access.
Then you can watch it online – on a computer, phone or tablet – or through a streaming device, which will play it on your TV. It will stream through pretty much all systems: Roku, PS4, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV and XBox.
▪ To watch online, go to cbs.com/all-access and select the series and watch.
▪ To watch it on your phone or tablet (Apple, Android, Windows 10), you’ll need to install the CBS All Access app. It doesn’t look like it’s available for Kindle.
▪ To watch on your TV, you’ll need to go into your service (Roku, Apple TV, etc.) and add the CBS All Access channel. The screen will prompt you on how to sign in with your account info.
You can’t binge this one
Unlike Netflix and Amazon Prime series that stream online, CBS All Access will not drop all “Star Trek: Discovery” episodes at once. There are 15 episodes total and they’ll release them one at a time on Sundays from Sept. 24 to Nov. 5. Then the remaining episodes resume in January.
One note about Sunday’s premiere: subscribers to CBS All Access will actually get access to the first two episodes that night.