After mulling over a few "new Star Trek series should be THIS!" threads over at /r/startrek, I wondered to myself...why aren't shows sold to syndication on their first run anymore? Or moreover, why since Voyager does Trek HAVE to be on a major network? TNG and DS9 only really worked as well as they did thanks to the syndicated format in which it was distributed. Now, I've no idea exactly how this worked, but I believe it was something like selling it on an episode by episode basis to the many local networks around the country and internationally? If so, why has this fallen out of favor? Is it simply to try and make a quicker, bigger buck solely out of advertising? But with so many TV shows failing straight out the gate, surely a model which props up new shows for a while with direct income from selling episodes is a better option? The only reason I bring it up is because it seemed to work rather well for TNG and DS9, Voyager managed to last 7 years thanks to being the posterboy for UPN, but when the network folded Enterprise was a casualty of that collapse (Yes, it became the CW like a year after Enterprise was canceled, but I'm sure "new" demographics came into the talk of canceling it). From the way I understand it, it just seems like the most logical system for propping up a new TV show in the long run. I mean, look how bad early TNG and DS9 were, if they aired today we'd have only got "Code of Honor" or "Babel" as examples of what those shows could do. Now, if a new Star Trek series started today it'd have to be gold out of the gate, regardless of how it's distributed. My point is that it seems to give shows a wiggle room network TV begrudges to give. Or I've misunderstood how the format works, some nice American person is going to yell at me for wasting time and this has all been for nothing.