In an unprecedented move, U.K. cable operator Virgin Media (formerly known as NTL:Telewesthas) found Viacom’s tickle-spot and bought the entire “Star Trek” franchise from CBS Paramount, which comes to a total of 624 hours worth of programming for U.K. subscribers, according to Variety.
“Star Trek” programming will be one of the main features for the new Virgin1 channel due to make its debut this fall. Also bought up was the new show “The Sarah Connor Chronicles” from Warner Bros., which will be seen in the U.S. on Fox this fall. This new Terminator spinoff series takes place between Terminator movies 2 and 3.
The new network will also be producing its own independent films. The first on-tap will be in partnership with indie production company Pilgrim Films with a movie called “The Real Exorcist.”
Look-out SCI FI-U.K. — there’s a new gunslinger in town!