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The Paramount Network, formerly Spike (2006-2018), Spike TV (2003-2006) and The National/Nashville Network (TNN, 1983-2003) and with the young adult males as its primary target audience, is a US broadcaster of Star Trek: The Next Generation (acquired in October 2001), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (acquired in April 2004), and Star Trek: Voyager (acquired in December 2006). Spike TV also had rights to air the first six Star Trek films.

In 2001, TNN ran a five-day TNG marathon, Next Gen on TNN: A 5-Day Mission, airing 77 episodes during all hours of the network's operation. Jonathan Frakes, Marina Sirtis, and Wil Wheaton hosted small clips played during commercial breaks.

The network was partially owned by (new) Viacom after a controlling interest in the broadcaster was acquired in 1999 by predecessor (old) Viacom, the then-parent company of Paramount Pictures, owner and producer of the entire Star Trek franchise prior to Viacom's 2006 split into (new) Viacom and CBS. Franchise ownership shifted on that occassion to CBS and the network lost the right to air Star Trek productions without acquiring a separately negotiated license from CBS.

The final Spike (TV) logo, still in use for the foreign subsidiaries

In 2015, the broadcaster branched out into foreign markets by establishing local subsidiaries, firstly in the UK, and subsequently in the Netherlands/Flanders (Belgium), which started to broadcast on 15 April and 1 October 2015 respectively. Other foreign subsidiaries have followed suit since then.

On January 18, 2018, Spike was rebranded as the Paramount Network, [1] though the majority of the foreign subsidiaries kept the "Spike" brand without the "TV" qualifier however. The big exception was the UK channel which was saw a UK Paramount Network launched on 4 July 2018 that started to broadcast alongside Spike UK (rebranded as "5Spike" the year previously) until it went defunct on 7 January 2020 with its programming taken over by the Paramount Network UK.

Pursuant the 2019 remerger of Viacom and CBS into ViacomCBS, any hindrance of broadcasting Star Trek on the channel or its subsidiaries was lifted, and Spike (Netherlands) became one of the first channels worldwide outside Canada to broadcast (instead of streaming) a Kurtzman-era Star Trek production – Star Trek: Discovery – in (second-run) syndication, starting on 14 February 2021, after having aired the ten prime universe Star Trek films in the time period December 2020-February 2021 as appetizers.

Domestic air times

All times Eastern

Star Trek: The Next Generation

  • October 20012004
    • Monday through Friday at 8 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 11 pm
    • Friday at 9 pm
    • Friday at 10 pm
  • 2004June 2005
    • Monday through Friday at 1 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 2 pm
    • Saturday at 12 am (added in April 2005)
    • Saturday at 1 am (added in April 2005)
  • June 2005May 2006
    • Monday through Friday at 2 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 3 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 4 pm
  • June 2006December 2006
    • Monday through Friday at 3 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 4 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 5 pm
  • December 2006February 2007
    • Monday through Friday at 3 pm
    • Monday through Friday at 4 pm
  • February 2007April 2007
    • Monday through Thursday at 2 pm
    • Monday through Thursday at 3 pm
  • April 2007May 2007
    • Monday through Thursday at 9 am
    • Monday through Thursday at 2 pm
    • Monday through Thursday at 3 pm
  • June 2007September 2007
    • Monday through Thursday at 2 pm
    • Monday through Thursday at 3 pm

Final broadcast on 27 September 2007.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Final broadcast on 1 January 2009.

Star Trek: Voyager

Foreign air times

Spike (Netherlands)

All Central European Time (CET)

Star Trek films

  • 6 December 2020 – 10 February 2021 (the ten prime universe films aired in production order)
    • Every Sunday at 20:30 pm, two repeat airings every subsequent Wednesday and Saturday at app. 22:30 pm and 15.40 pm respectively (excepting Star Trek Nemesis, which had only one Wednesday repeat aring)

Final broadcast on 10 February 2021.

Star Trek: Discovery

  • 14 February 2021 – (two back-to-back episodes per airing)
    • Every Sunday at 20:30 pm, irregular zero to two repeat airings every subsequent week in the evening hours, most often once on tuesday night

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