Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 is set to premiere on Thursday, August 6, with new episodes airing every Thursday. The American animated series will consist of 10 episodes and follow the support crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos in the year 2380. Unfortunately, Star Trek: Lower Decks will initially only broadcast in the US and Canada for copyright and licensing reasons. However, we’re going to explain how you can watch abroad by connecting to a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
We’re only going to be recommending official sources for watching Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1. The trouble with unlicensed streams is that they usually only offer low-resolution video, plus they tend to suffer from excessive buffering and lag. Unauthorized sources also run the risk of being taken offline for copyright infringement. If you’d like to stream Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 without having to worry about such issues, we recommend you stick with the official sources listed here.
Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 will only be shown on region-locked platforms. To watch abroad via your usual home streaming services, you’ll need to use a VPN.
How to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks online with a VPN
If you connect to a VPN server in the United States, you’ll be provided with a US IP address. This makes it look like you’re browsing from the US, even if you’re actually located abroad. As such, you can use a VPN to unblock geo-restricted content such as Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1.
Here’s how to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 from anywhere:
- Sign up with a VPN provider. We particularly recommend ExpressVPN. However, NordVPN and Surfshark are two reliable, value-for-money alternatives.
- Download and install the appropriate app for the device on which you want to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1.
- Open the VPN app (or browser extension) and connect to a server in the US to get a US IP address. This allows you to unblock CBS All Access abroad.
- Go to CBS All Access and sign in. Alternatively, sign up for an account. Plans include a one-month free trial for new subscribers.
- Select the CBS All Access live stream or an on-demand episode. All content should be available to watch. If it’s still blocked, try clearing your browser’s cookies.
Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 will air live on CBS All Access. As such, we recommend you test your VPN with CBS All Access in advance. This gives you plenty of time to contact your VPN’s customer support for further guidance if you have any trouble.
How to watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 on US TV
Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 will premiere on CBS All Access on Thursday, August 6. This service requires a monthly subscription, but on the plus side, you won’t need cable to watch, and you’ll have access to all kinds of CBS content, not just Star Trek. Users have the option of a plan with commercials ($5.99 USD/month) or commercial-free ($9.99/month). Both plans include a one-month free trial for new subscribers.
CBS All Access content is geo-blocked and only available in the United States. In order to watch it abroad, you’ll need to connect to a server in the US for a US IP address. ExpressVPN comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee which means you can try it out with CBS All Access risk-free. You then have 30 days to request a full refund if you’re unsatisfied or simply decide that you don’t need a VPN long-term.
Where else can I watch Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1?
While Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 will premiere exclusively in the US on CBS All Access, there’s little word on where it will be available outside the US. However, what we do know is that it will also broadcast in Canada.
If you’re in Canada and have a cable TV subscription, you’ll be able to live stream Star Trek: Lower Decks season 1 CTV Sci-Fi Channel. Each episode will air at the same time as the CBS All Access release. Fortunately, there’ll also be a way to watch in Canada cable-free.
Episodes will stream on Crave where you have the option of subscribing directly ($9.99 CAD/month) or via your Canadian TV provider. Whether you watch with or without cable, you’ll need a VPN and a Canadian IP address to unblock this geo-restricted content.
What can we expect from Star Trek: Lower Decks?
An adult animated series, Star Trek: Lower Decks is part of an expansion of the Star Trek franchise and is headed by executive producer Alex Kurtzman. This is the first animated Star Trek series since Star Trek: The Animated Series (1973-74). Season 1 will be made up of 10 episodes, each with a run time of roughly half an hour. The plot revolves around the support crew of the U.S.S. Cerritos, “one of Starfleet’s least important ships” in the year 2380.
Who are the cast members of Star Trek: Lower Decks?
The voice cast for Star Trek: Lower Decks was announced at San Diego Comic-Con 2019. The main cast members are Tawny Newsome as Ensign Mariner, Jack Quaid as Ensign Boimler, Noel Wells as Ensign Tendi, and Eugene Cordero as Ensign Rutherford. Further cast members include Dawnn Lewis (Captain Freeman), Jerry O’Connell (Commander Ramson), Fred Tatasciore as (Lieutenant Shaxs) and Gillian Vigman (Dr. T’Ana).