The last few years have been difficult for the production team behind the Star Trek fan film Axanar, with their ambitious project getting them sued by CBS and Paramount, owners of the franchise, followed by news that the copyright lawsuit was being dropped, only for it to proceed anyway. But it appears the bumpy road has finally come to an end, as Axanar Productions has revealed it's finally reached a settlement with the film and TV studios, preventing the need for a jury trial.
In celebration of Star Trek’s 50th anniversary, Facebook has rolled out new Star Trek reaction emoji for its users in the United States and Canada. The new reaction emoji will only be available for a limited (unspecified) time. In addition, those who have “expressed interest in Star Trek or science fiction” may see a personalized greeting from Facebook that includes the USS Enterprise and presents the option of adding a Star Trek frame to their profile picture.
As product ideas go, "the Star Trek communicator, made real" requires little explanation. Orion Labs' Onyx aims to keep our smartphones in our pockets and bags where they belong, and return us to the halcyon days of push-to-talk or - if you're old enough to remember them - walkie-talkies by getting us into group conversations again.
In a surprising twist, Netflix will offer new Star Trek TV series episodes the day after they’re broadcast on television in the U.S. This marks a pretty big deviation from how Netflix typically operates, though recently we’ve seen some similar deals come into play. Netflix will make the new Star Trek TV series available to subscribers across 188 countries, with it having the distinction of being the “exclusive premiere home” for the show in all of those countries except the US and Canada.
Geeks with a penchant for the original Star Trek series with Kirk and Spock who carry a smartphone that has Bluetooth connectivity might as well get out their wallets. ThinkGeek has a very cool new product called the Star Trek: TOS Bluetooth Communicator. Just as the name implies, the communicator has Bluetooth connectivity to sync with your smartphone and allow you to talk over the communicator like you were on an away team with Kirk.
At E3 last week, there was no shortage of VR games on the show floor. Many of the games that were being shown off were single-player experiences. However, there was one multiplayer game that really caught my attention. Ubisoft was showing off a Star Trek game that would finally let us command a star ship, and we’d get to do it in virtual reality.
Star Trek fans have a reason to celebrate today; not only has a new trailer for Star Trek: Beyond been released, but franchise owners Paramount Pictures and CBS have revealed they're dropping a controversial copyright lawsuit against the makers of the ambitious fan film, Star Trek: Axanar. The news was announced by none other than JJ Abrams at a fan event held on Beyond's movie lot.
Every living room needs a coffee table — where else are you going to put the remotes and beverages? — but nothing says the coffee table has to be boring. If wood and glass isn't your style, you can always give Alter Furniture’s new Star Trek-themed table a try — it doubles as a fully functional and quite dazzling pinball machine, giving your home a touch of arcade style.
If you want to see aircraft of all sorts that are restored to new condition, you go to the National Air and Space Museum in Washington. There you can see all sorts of special aircraft including some that are milestone aircraft in the history of flight. In a few months, you will be able to feast your eyes on the original USS Enterprise, which is undergoing restoration at the museum.
With the news that a new Star Trek movie is on the way next year, longtime fans are excited about a return to their beloved fictional universe. However, CBS and Paramount Pictures, the rights owners for the series, may be looking to stamp out any competition that might draw attention away from the debut of Star Trek: Beyond. The TV and movie studios have filed a copyright lawsuit against the creators of an ambition fan-made movie.
The first trailer for Star Trek Beyond has been revealed, and it's a good time having ho-down of action. This isn't going to be a movie based on ships in space so much as it's going to be about the Enterprise sort of... getting swarmed and crashing. That'll happen within the first half of the movie, so it's no spoiler! Also this trailer features the Beastie Boys. That's strange, if you consider the fact that MCA, (may he RIP), stipulated in his will that "what you get is what you see, and you wont see me in the advertisiiing."