(Pocket-lint) - ViacomCBS has launched its replacement for CBS All Access: Paramount+ (also called Paramount Plus). Here's what you need to know about the streaming service, including where it's available, how much it costs, and what content it features.
What is Paramount+?
Paramount+ is a rebranding of CBS All Access, a live TV subscription service that CBS launched in 2014. CBS All Access content from the CBS Network as well as live streaming via 150-plus affiliates, including NFL games. It also had originals.
Paramount+ will add properties from the combined ViacomCBS network, including Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, and Comedy Central. It will also replace CBS All Access, which reportedly had 8 million to 9 million subscribers in the US as of late 2020. So, it was nowhere near the size of Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, or even Hulu.
ViacomCBS is likely hoping that, with the re-launch of Paramount+, it can successfully play catch-up to the competition. Last year, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said the Paramount movie studio and brand are "beloved by consumers all over the world". He described it as iconic and said it's synonymous with "quality, integrity, and world-class storytelling" - whereas CBS is just a channel.
Keep in mind ViacomCBS also owns the free (ad-supported) Pluto TV streaming service as well as the Showtime network.
When does Paramount+ launch?
Paramount+ will start to roll out on 4 March 2021.
Where is Paramount+ available?
Paramount+ launched in the US, Latin America, and Canada on 4 March 20201.
In Latin America, Paramount+ is rolling out initially in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
It will come to Europe starting with the Nordic countries on 25 March 2021 and then expand to Australia later this year.
There's no word yet on when the UK availability.
How much does Paramount+ cost?
- Premium (with no ads, except on live channels): $9.99 per month
- Base (with advertising): $5.99 per month - expires in June 2021
Paramount+ costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 annually to stream ad-free on a premium tier. The premium tier includes everything on Paramount+, including livestreams of the CBS Network's local channels (there is advertising in the live channels).
Paramount+ also costs $5.99 a month or $59.99 annually on a tier with advertising. This tier will expire this summer when Paramount+ launches a limited $5-a-month "base" tier in June 2021 that is also supported by advertising. The base tier removes access to the live CBS network. It won't include your local CBS network, but you may see some of what's broadcast on CBS' network.
For example, a base-tier subscriber will be able to watch live NFL games on Paramount+ but won't be able to see all live sports. In other words, the difference between the grandfathered $6-a-month tier and the $5-a-month tier of Paramount+ is the ability to watch your live, local CBS channel. That's it.
What if you subscribe to CBS All Access?
Current CBS All Access subscriptions automatically transfer to Paramount+. Your subscription won't change. So, if you subscribe to CBS All Access' ad-free, $10-a-month tier, then you will be able to watch everything on Paramount+ without ads. If you subscribe to CBS All Access' ad-supported, $6-a-month tier, then you also will be able to watch everything on Paramount+ with ads.
What can you watch on Paramount+?
Paramount+ features live sports programming, breaking news, original series, and movies and shows from the wider ViacomCBS Network, including Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, and Comedy Central. You shouldn't lose anything from CBS All Access either.
At launch, Paramount+ will offer originals, live programming, including sports and news, as well as a library of roughly 30,000 titles.
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Here's some of what's been announced so far:
- Criminal Minds
- Land Man
- Love Story
- Mayor of Kingstown
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
- The Italian Job
- The Man Who Fell To Earth
- The Offer
- The Parallax View
- Yellowstone Spinoff, 6666 (Working Title)
Kids and Family
Nickelodeon's library of nearly 7,000 hit episodes will be included in Paramount+, as well as new originals.
- Dora the Explorer
- Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years
- Star Trek: Prodigy
- The Fairly Odd Parents
Paramount+ will include 5,000 episodes of the reality TV, with the following originals and reprisals:
- Big Brother Live Feeds
- Dating Naked
- Ink Master
- Love Island on Paramount+
- Queen of the Universe
- Road Rules
- RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars
- The Challenge: All Stars
- The Real World: Homecoming: New York
With Comedy Central's catalog, Paramount+ will have 6,000 episodes in the genre. New series include:
- Grease: The Rise of the Pink Ladies
- Guilty Party
- Inside Amy Schumer
- Reno 911! The Hunt For QAnon
- The Game
- The Harper House
- The Weekly Show with Trevor Noah (Working Title)
Also, Paramount+ will release the following comedy films in its first year:
- Untitled Beavis & Butt-head Movie
- Workaholics movie
New originals and reboots include:
- Behind the Music
- From Cradle to Stage
- Yo! MTV Raps
CBS All Access continues
Paramount+ will continue these CBS All Access existing original shows:
- No Activity
- Star Trek: Discovery
- Star Trek: Lower Decks -
- Star Trek: Picard
- Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News
- The Good Fight
- Why Women Kill
Paramount+ will integrate with CBS Sports HQ andwill stream more than 1,000 live sporting events per year, including:
- The NFL on CBS, plus its long-running original series Inside the NFL
- The Masters
- NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
- PGA Tour
- SEC on CBS
- The PGA Championship
- National Women's Soccer League
- UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League
- Liga Profesional de Futbol
- Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A
Paramount+ will feature livestreams of local CBS affiliates in more than 200 markets across the US as well as CBSN.
You can also expect these originals:
- 60 Minutes+
- 48 Hours original: The Lie Detector
Paramount+ will create Insta Docs - deep dives into breaking news. Examples:
- 76 Days
- Black Gold
- For Heaven's Sake
- The Real Criminal Minds
- Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In
- Stories from the Beautiful Game
What are some key Paramount+ features?
Paramount+ supports the 4K/HDR and DolbyVision premium visual formats for originals and some Smithsonian content. It doesn't yet support have Dolby Atmos. Mobile downloads are also available, though limited at 25 titles. The service features separate profiles as well - up to six of them, including kids profiles. Finally, it permits three simultaneous streams.
Which devices support Paramount+?
Paramount+ will be available to stream at ParamountPlus.com and on Paramount+ mobile apps for Apple iOS devices and Android devices. Other than that, it will be accessible everywhere All Access is supported, including:
- Apple TV
- iPhone and iPad
- Android TV
- Android phone and tablet
- Amazon Fire TV
- Portal TV
- PlayStation 4
- Samsung TV
- Vizio TV
- LG TV
- Xfinity Flex
Want to know more?
Check out the Paramount+ website.