Paramount Plus is the new streaming service from ViacomCBS, designed to compete with the likes of Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and HBO Max.
The service – a rebranded version of CBS All Access – launched on 4th March 2021 in the US. Its biggest draw? Over 30,000 on-demand TV shows from CBS, MTV, BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, along with live sports coverage and 24-hour rolling news.
Paramount Plus – or Paramount+, as it's officially called – will also tempt viewers with a host of original shows, including new episodes of 90s sitcom Fraiser and selected Paramount releases – including Mission: Impossible 7 – within 45 days of their theatrical release. Just recently, Paramount Plus added HDR10+ support.
Details of the Paramount Plus price, release date, originals and free trial have are below. New subscribers can score 3 months for $3. Without further ado, here's everything we know about Paramount Plus...
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What is Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus is the new name for CBS All Access, the US-based streaming service launched by CBS Corp back in 2014. CBS All Access had a subscriber base of around 8 million, which wasn't bad, but parent company ViacomCBS wants a bigger slice of the streaming pie...
Cue the arrival of Paramount Plus. The new and improved service is available now and offers content from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, The Smithsonian Channel and Paramount Pictures. In addition, each channel produces exclusive on-demand originals or live sports – including NFL and soccer – for Paramount Plus.
Will it be enough to topple rivals such as Netflix? Only time will tell. But if you want to watch nostalgia-tinged TV shows, the Godfather trilogy and the latest Paramount blockbusters, Paramount Plus could be for you.
Paramount Plus release date
Paramount Plus launched in the United States and parts of Latin America on 4th March 2021.
In Canada, CBS All Access was rebranded as Paramount Plus on 4th March 2021 but the "expanded" content offering won't be available until later in the year.
The service is expected to land in Australia in mid-to-late 2021.
Those in Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Norway can expect Paramount Plus to arrive on 25th March 2021, according to this press release.
It will come to the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022 as part of a deal with Sky. The service will be free to Sky Cinema subscribers, but everyone else will have to pay if they want to watch.
How to watch Paramount Plus in the UK
Stuck outside the United States, Latin America and the Nordics? You can access Paramount Plus from anywhere in the world using a VPN (Virtual Private Network). We typically recommend ExpressVPN since it offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
That way, you can use your Paramount Plus account (or even create a new one) as if you were back home in the countries listed above. Good to know, right?
Paramount Plus price and free trial
Paramount Plus offers two subscription tiers. The ad-supported Essential plan costs $4.99 per month ($49.99 a year) and includes access to 30,000 TV shows, 2,500 movies, Paramount Plus Originals and selected live sports, including NFL games.
The Premium tier – $9.99 per month or $99.99 a year – promises "limited" commercials, access to 4K, Dolby Vision and HDR content, and the ability to download and watch 4K videos offline. You also get extra live sports coverage thrown in, via CBS local affiliates.
How can I watch Paramount Plus?
Most users opt for the dedicated Paramount Plus app, which is available through Apple TV, iPhone and iPad, Android TV, Android phone and tablet, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Portal TV, PlayStation 4, Samsung TV, Vizio TV, LG TV, Roku, Xbox One and Series X, and Xfinity Flex.
However, you also get the option to watch through your favourite web browser at ParamountPlus.com.
You can watch on up to three devices simultaneously and create up to six separate profiles for family members. Those with a Premium subscription can download up to 25 shows or movies and watch them offline (in 4K where available) on a mobile device.
Paramount Plus shows
ViacomCBS has confirmed that over 50 original series will premiere on Paramount Plus in the next two years.
The most high-profile original is likely to be the Frasier revival, starring Kelsey Grammer as the beloved radio psychologist. According to Paramount, the reboot will be "more exactly the same than ever".
Another original worth keeping an eye out for is the TV adaptation of the Halo Xbox franchise. Showtime, owned by ViacomCBS, has been working on the project for over four years now. There's also a TV adaptation of The Italian Job movie in the works.
One of the first titles will be Lioness, a new CIA spy drama created by Taylor Sheridan (Yellowstone), about a young Marine undercover in a terrorist organisation. That will be joined by The Offer, a 10-part drama series based on producer Al Ruddy’s experiences helming Francis Ford Coppola’s 1972 epic The Godfather.
Paramount Plus is also pitching itself as 'the home of the Star Trek universe'. It'll be the place to watch season two of Star Trek: Picard and the upcoming Star Trek: Prodigy series, as well as older CBS hits such as Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: The Next Generation.
More sci-fi action is on the way courtesy of Oscar winner Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), who is set to star in a new version of the The Man Who Fell to Earth. The show will be based on the 1963 American sci-fi novel that was famously made into a 1972 sci-fi flick starring David Bowie.
Meanwhile, BET is rebooting The Game, a comedy sitcom based in the world of professional athletes, and MTV is reviving Behind the Music, said to be an "intimate look at the 40 biggest artists of all time".
Fan of true crime shows? The Real Criminal Minds, a docu-series based on the hit CBS investigative drama Criminal Minds, might arouse your curiosity.
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Paramount Plus movies
The big news is that Paramount Plus will stream many new releases within 30-45 days of their theatrical release. Mission: Impossible 7 will premiere within 45 days of showing in theatres. Paramount Plus will also be the place to stream Top Gun: Maverick in 2022. Prefer horror? Paramount Plus is the place to stream hit horror sequel A Quiet Place II.
Paramount is also touting some exclusive movies including a Pet Sematary prequel and a Beavis & Butthead movie. The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run premiered on Paramount Plus on 4th March (launch day). The cartoon extravaganza was joined by a 13-episode spinoff series called Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.
Paramount Pictures has also teamed up with MGM EPIX to make thousands of movie titles from other studios available to Paramount Plus subscribers. Word is you'll be able to stream the next Bond movie, No Time to Die, on Paramount Plus "shortly after" its theatrical release. Although it's unclear if that will change now that Amazon has purchased MGM studios for $8.45 billion.
In total, Paramount Plus promises a library of over 2,500 movies, from recent blockbusters such as The Avengers to classics from the MGM and Paramount Picture vault. Plenty to enjoy.
Paramount Plus sport
Paramount Plus offers a healthy portfolio of live sport including NFL football, college football, PGA Tour and PGA Championship golf, The Masters golf, NCAA Division Men’s Basketball, and much more, courtesy of your local CBS affiliate.
Paramount Plus also claims to be "the only place in the US where soccer fans can find exclusive English-language coverage of every UEFA club competition match, every season." That's the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.
Paramount Plus is currently only available to those within the US and Latin America right now. But remember, you can access your Paramount Plus account from anywhere in the world using a VPN – just as if you were back home in the States. We typically recommend ExpressVPN since it offers a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.
A number of sports documentaries are also in production, including Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In – the story of the legendary manager of Manchester United – and Stories from the Beautiful Game. Both are due out later this year.
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Paramount Plus shows in 4K HDR
Paramount Plus offers a handful of original shows in 4K Dolby Vision HDR, including Stephen King's The Good Fight (season four onwards) and The Twilight Zone (season two onwards). There are also a few shows available in HD with Dolby Vision HDR.
As for sound, Paramount doesn't currently support Dolby Atmos.
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