(Pocket-lint) - ViacomCBS replaced CBS All Access with Paramount+ in March 2021.
It has since launched it outside North America too - in the UK and Ireland, for example.
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+ started as a rebrand of CBS All Access, a live TV subscription service that CBS launched in 2014.
However, it has since grown into a valid Netflix, Prime Video and Disney+ competitor in its own right.
Paramount+ is unique because it offers content from the combined ViacomCBS network, which includes properties such as Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, and Comedy Central.
ViacomCBS also owns the free Pluto TV streaming service and the Showtime network (with the latter appearing as an in-app section in the UK version of Paramount+).
When did Paramount+ launch?
Paramount+ rolled out in North and South America on 4 March 2021. It subsequently arrived in South Korea on 16 June 2022, and the UK and Ireland on 22 June.
There are plans to expand it to Germany, Italy and Austria through Sky later in 2022. It will launch in Switzerland as a standalone service this year too, as well as India in 2023.
How much does Paramount+ cost?
- Premium (no advertising, except on live channels): $9.99 per month
- Essential (has advertising and drops your local live CBS): $4.99 per month
- In UK: £6.99 per month or at no extra cost for Sky Cinema subscribers with Sky Q or Sky Glass
Paramount+ costs $9.99 a month or $99.99 annually to stream ad-free in the US. This "premium" plan includes everything on Paramount+, including live streams of the CBS Network's local channels (but there is advertising in the live channels). Paramount+ also costs $4.99 a month or $49.99 annually on an "essential" plan. The essential plan has ads and removes access to your local live CBS station.
With the essential plan, NFL on CBS and UEFA Champions League are still available via separate live feeds.
Note: You can also get the essential plan with Showtime for $11.99 a month. Again, the essential plan does not include your local live CBS station. If you want your local live CBS station, get the premium plan. You can get the premium plan with Showtime, too, for $14.99 a month.
In the UK, Paramount+ costs £6.99 a month or £69.90 annually. It is also available at no extra cost to Sky Q and Sky Glass customers who subscribe to Sky Cinema.
Where is Paramount+ available?
Paramount+ launched first in the US, Canada, and Latin America. In Latin America, Paramount+ is available in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Paramount+ is also available in the UK, Ireland, Hungary, Russia, South Korea, and the Middle East.
It is available on Sky platforms in the UK (Sky continues to carry ViacomCBS pay-TV channels too, such as Comedy Central) as well as through a standalone app. Sky Cinema subscribers get Paramount+ at no extra cost.
What can you watch on Paramount+?
In the US, Paramount+ features live sports programming, sports, and breaking news, as well as 30,000 movies and TV shows from the wider ViacomCBS Network, which includes CBS, Paramount, Nickelodeon, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, and the Smithsonian Channel.
The UK version also features much of the above (apart from live sports or news). It includes content from the Showtime channel.
It's also worth noting that currently in the UK, content streaming is limited to a maximum of Full HD (1080p) and with 5.1 Dolby surround sound. Whereas, premium subscribers in the US do get access to some shows and movies in 4K HDR (Dolby Vision) and Dolby Atmos.
However, a Paramount+ UK spokesperson told Pocket-lint that there are "further developments planned for the future".
What are some key Paramount+ features?
Mobile downloads are available through the dedicated Paramount+ app, though limited to 25 titles. It features separate profiles as well - up to six of them - including age-locked kids profiles. Finally, it permits three simultaneous streams. To see a breakdown of more features, see Paramount+'s FAQ page.
Which devices support Paramount+?
Paramount+ is available to stream at ParamountPlus.com and on Paramount+ mobile apps for Apple iOS devices and Android devices. Other than that, it is accessible everywhere CBS All Access was supported, including:
- Apple TV
- iPhone and iPad
- Android TV
- Android phone and tablet
- Amazon Fire TV
- Portal TV
- Samsung TV
- Sky Q
- Sky Glass
- Vizio TV
- LG TV
- Xfinity Flex
What if you subscribed to CBS All Access?
CBS All Access subscriptions automatically transferred to Paramount+.
Want to know more?
Check out the Paramount+ website.