Don’t forget there is a big wide world out there beyond the USA. In Canada, Discovery was shown the old fashioned way, as a regular program on the “Space” channel. After each showing, it was no longer available. If I wanted the series in HD, and not just the DVD copies I made myself with my recordable DVD player, I had to buy the HD set.I was frankly shocked that it came out on disc. I’m glad it did and I bought it but I would have understood if CBS left it exclusive to their service so they’d get people to pay whenever they wanted to watch it. But I’m guessing that the expense of putting the already existing masters onto a disc wasn’t very high, and that the physical media version might help promote the show to people who weren’t into streaming when it first aired. And Trek probably has a higher sales potential than most things these days - sci-fi, horror and cult titles still do reasonably okay in the marketplace because those fanbases tend to be more passionate about their stuff. You can buy Discovery on disc but that may be the only All Access program that that’s true for.
I really do hope something happens with TMP. But I’m thinking a Warner Archive approach of scanning whatever longer version is extant on film (like WA did with Superman: The Movie) is probably the most Paramount would be willing to do. If the Director’s Edition was going to be upgraded to HD and put on a disc, it would have been ten years ago. It sucks because at this moment in time, remastering and CGI are cheaper than ever so it would probably be easier technically to do it now than ten or twenty years ago, but demand for physical media is down so much more that it almost doesn’t matter.
I mean, I’m gonna watch the SLV on VHS one day soon. It’s a bit crazy that that’s the state of things!