In Australia, the Foxtel (Pay TV) Channel SciFi (ch 123) has been airing repeats of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Voyager. while not strange by itself what gets me is that The Next Generation first aired in 1987 and Voyager first aired in 1995 and there's been no mention on SciFi about Star Trek: Deep Space Nine which was aired in 1993, before Voyager

I know the age of the series isn't a problem as SciFi currently started airing Quantum Leep which first aired in 1989 which is only a couple of years younger than The Next Generation but also a few months back the original TV series of The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy which first aired in 1981 was aired on SciFi and that's obviously older.

Also when The Next Generation first aired on SciFi Voyager was announced during The Next Generation Season and it only just started it first re-run before Voyager took it's timeslot. currently however Voyager is on it's 3rd re-run.

So I am wondering, is there a reason why Sci Fi Australia wouldn't get the broadcast licenses for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, even though they did for The Next Generation and Voyager?

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It looks like DS:9 is on Netflix in Australia. So it might be as simple as losing out on bidding for the rights.

If you want a more exciting conspiracy theory; DS:9 is the only Star Trek from the first four, older series, that really goes in for Myth Arcs. Generally everything in TOS, ST:NG and VOY is one and done episodic TV. Australia Sci-Fi so underestimate their audience, that they think they can't hack remembering what happened three episodes ago.

  • It's definitely on Netflix here in Australia, I was watching it when I came across this question :)
    – Jane S
    Feb 9, 2018 at 10:29
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    Maybe they prefer B5 :P
    – tardigrade
    Feb 9, 2018 at 11:43
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    Or maybe the australian stations realize that people who want to watch star trek aren't into "soap operas in space" where you follow the daily lives of the characters. I prefer episodes where the author has a point to make, and something to say over watching the soap opera of Odo and Kiera falling in love.
    – JRE
    Feb 9, 2018 at 12:00

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