As you can read above, McMahan states that the timelines for deals were disrupted by the Coronavirus shutdown. Unfortunately, this is actually not the case. The real reason for why there is no international distributor for Star Trek: Lower Decks is caused by something that is arguably worse: stubborn media corporations.
The truth is that the lack of international distribution of Star Trek: Lower Decks has to do with the rebranding ViacomCBS is doing for their streaming service. The plan is to overhaul their CBS All Access streamer with a new name, a new program design, a competitive price, new content, and most importantly, international distribution.
ViacomCBS is planning to launch their rebrand in 2021, with CBS All Access becoming available to more and more countries in the next few years. Meanwhile, international availability is set to be achieved in phases, with phase 1 countries being Australia, Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Sweden, Norway, and Finland.
ViacomCBS want to keep the distribution rights to the Star Trek franchise in phase 1 countries. However, the bigger streamers like Netflix and Amazon want global rights, which includes distribution rights in the phase 1 countries.