Star Trek and Dexter come to UK Lovefilm in CBS tie-up

The video streaming service gets the sci-fi classic in the deal, as well as Californication.

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Ahead warp factor one -- Streaming service Lovefilm is getting access to sci-fi classic Star Trek, in a tie up with broadcaster CBS.

The phaser-blasting original series is beaming in from the 60s onto the Amazon-owned service, which goes head-to-head with rival Netflix, and will be available from today, Lovefilm has confirmed to CNET.

Star Trek The Original Series and Star Trek Voyager will be available to stream to Lovefilm instant subscribers, giving customers the chance to revel in evil Captain Kirk, and skip straight past the dodgy Shore Leave episode. Other CBS shows including grisly Michael C. Hall-em-up Dexter and Californication are also arriving on the service.

Further programmes thrusting their way onto Lovefilm UK with all the energy of a fencing Mr. Sulu include Nurse Jackie, The Good Wife and Blue Bloods.

Lovefilm will be streaming the shows via its 'Lovefilm Instant' platform, which works in-browser and on mobile phones.

Rival service Netflix made headlines recently by paying for its own TV show, the moody House of Cards, which stars Kevin Spacey. Lovefilm recently acquired the rights to beardy US show Vikings.

Lovefilm Instant costs £5 per month, making it one pound cheaper than Netflix. If you're on the fence about which service is best, check out our head-to-head comparison.

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