The streaming wars just keep on getting more competitive, with Paramount Plus entering the fray. Paramount Plus (AKA Paramount+) is the new name for CBS All Access, which is getting a full rebrand and expansion at the beginning of March.
The rebrand will see Paramount Plus host everything that was on CBS All Access, plus a whole list of exclusive original shows, as well as theatrical releases 30-45 days after they first hit cinemas.
If you’d like to know more about this streaming service, including when it is releasing, how much it will cost, what shows and movies will be on there and how to watch it in the UK, then keep on reading.
Paramount Plus release date
Paramount Plus will be launching on 4 March 2021 in the US, Canada and Latin America. In addition, countries in The Nordics will get the service on 25 March 2021, whilst Australia will receive it sometime later in the year (date unspecified).
If you’d like to get early access, you can sign up now on the Paramount Plus website. Alternatively, you can sign up for CBS All Access and then switch over to the new service once it is live. Note that if you sign up for CBS All Access before 4 March, you can get 50% off an annual subscription of Paramount Plus using the code PARAMOUNTPLUS at checkout.
If you’re already subscribed to CBS All Access, then you can simply go to the Paramount Plus website on 4 March or download the new Paramount+ app and sign in with your existing details.
What is Paramount Plus?
Paramount+ is a refresh and expansion of the current streaming service, CBS All Access. After Viacom and CBS merged in 2019, the company wanted to create a service that could rival the big dogs in streaming, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus.
The streaming service will allegedly have over 30,000 hours worth of content, with films and shows from the following ViacomCBS properties:
- Paramount Pictures
- Comedy Central
In addition, users will be able to tune into select live programming and sports – though this only available on the higher plans. You can see a teaser of Paramount+ below:
How much does Paramount Plus cost?
There are two tiers available for Paramount Plus. The base tier costs US$4.99 per month, and gets you exclusive live sports and NFL live, CBSN and CBS news on-demand, plus all the shows and films from the ViacomCBS library along with Paramount+ exclusives in the future. However, this tier is also ad-supported.
The Premium tier meanwhile costs $9.99, which gives you everything you get on the basic tier plus more live CBS sports, CBS Network News and live local stations and CBS live TV. Plus, this tier is completely ad-free.
The model is most similar to the US streaming service Peacock, except that it doesn’t offer a free tier at all. Though the basic tier is competitive with pricing, ads may be a turn-off for some considering that the biggest players in the streaming wars don’t support advertisements on their content.
Is Paramount Plus coming to the UK?
No UK release has been stated for Paramount Plus. It is coming to the Nordics in Europe, but these are the only territories in the continent so far confirmed.
However, if there’s a show or film that you’re desperate to watch, it may still be possible to watch through the help of a VPN and a gift card. We’ve used this method to watch CBS All Access, so we imagine the process will be similar.
What classic films and shows will be on Paramount Plus?
The film library is one of the most exciting things about Paramount Plus, as it will be getting some new Paramount cinema releases around one month after they have debuted in theatres. This includes Top Gun: Maverick, A Quiet Place II and Mission: Impossible 7.
On top of that, existing Paramount releases such as Dora the Explorer, Sonic the Hedgehog, Bumblebee and Rocketman will all be available to stream. Further down the line, the streaming service will also be home to MGM movies like No Time To Die – but this is after they have debuted via VOD and pay TV services.
Paramount+ will carry over some of the most popular shows currently on CBS All Access. This includes series on the Star Trek franchise such as Star Trek Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Brave New Worlds, Star Trek: Picard and Section 31. Ongoing CBS All Access shows such as The Good Fight and Why Women Kill will also move over to Paramount+.
Sports fans will be able to watch the likes of NFL, NCAA basketball, UEFA soccer, PGA Golf, National Women’s Soccer League and The Masters. There will also be lots of news options from CBS properties – though live national news will only be on the premium tier.
Paramount Plus exclusives
The streaming service wouldn’t be complete without some original series. Paramount has already unveiled a whole list – here’s some of the biggest to look out for:
- Rugrats reboot – The popular kids cartoon Rugrats will be getting a 3D revival on Paramount+. Lots of the original voice cast will be reprising their roles for it
- The Italian Job series – Based on the popular action film series, this TV show will follow the grandchildren of the legendary Charlie Croker who inherit a safety deposit box which leads them on a quest
- Fraiser revival – Kelsey Grammer will be back to reprise his role as the iconic Dr. Frasier Crane
- The Offer – This is a ten episode scripted series focusing on Al Ruddy, and his experience of producing and making The Godfather. It will also be written and executive produced by Michael Tolkin, Leslie Greif and Al Ruddy
- Lioness – Spy drama based on a real life CIA program, in which a young marine has to befriend a daughter of a terrorist to take down an entire organisation. The series is created and executively produced by Taylor Sheridan
- Behind the Music – The Top 40 – This series will look at MTV’s biggest 40 artists of all time, examining their music and achievements
- The Real Criminal Minds – True-crime docuseries based on the drama series Criminal Minds on CBS
- Halo adaptation – Paramount+ is getting in on the videogame adaptation action with a series based on the popular Halo franchise
There are also spin-offs of Flashdance, Love Story, Fatal Attraction and Parallax View on the way, as well as live-action adaptations of Dora the Explorer and Fairly OddParents.
There is also a new production house called Avatar Studios which will be producing shows, movies and shorts set in the same universe as the anime Avatar: The Last Airbender.
What devices will it be available on?
Whilst we don’t have a full list of devices, we know that Paramount+ will be available on web browsers, Android, iOS, smart TVs, TV streaming devices, games consoles and OTT providers.
CBS All Access already offers certain shows in 4K (like Star Trek: Picard), so we imagine that you’ll be able to stream more in this quality over time.