Paramount+ officially launched on March 4, 2021, and you can now watch Paramount on Roku, the largest streaming platform in the United States — and the second largest in the rest of the world.
The only question is how.
Paramount+ in many ways is a rebranding and expansion of CBS All Access, which we've enjoyed on Roku for quite some time. So there was no way anyone was going to make Roku subscribers jump through hoops to make the transition. In fact, all the CBS All Access apps we've seen on every platform simply updated themselves to become Paramount+.
In other words: In order to watch Paramount+ on Roku, you don't need to do a thing other than let the app update itself. Everything will switch over to Paramount+, and it's business as usual. If you're not yet a Paramount+ subscriber and need to start from scratch, that's easy, too. Just go to the Roku Channel Store and search for "Paramount+." (There's also a good chance that Roku is promoting it and you won't have to type a thing; just click on in.)
Or you can use this link to load the Paramount+ channel onto Roku via a web browser.
But (and there's ways a "but" to this sort of thing), there's also a Paramount Network channel on Roku. That's different, however, and is the standalone Paramount Network and not Paramount+. That channel requires a different subscription and doesn't have the same shows and movies as Paramount+. What you want is Paramount+, not Paramount Network.
One other thing we do know is the Paramount+ price. Just like with CBS All Access before it, Paramount+ will have two pricing schemes. The first is $5.99 a month or $59.99 a year. Both of those have a free one-week trial — and both of those include advertising in the on-demand content.
Then there's the Paramount+ commercial-free plan. It costs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year. Both of those plans have the Paramount+ free trial as well.
And starting in June 2021, the less expensive commercial-free plan will drop to $4.99 a month — but lose access to the live stream of your local CBS affiliate.
We also already have a take on the best shows on Paramount+, so you can direct your viewing time accordingly.
Another thing you can take to the bank? You'll be able to sign in to Paramount+ for free with an existing cable account (or live streaming login) and watch your local CBS affiliate — no Paramount+ subscription required. (That is, if you're in the United States.) You won't get all the on-demand content, but you'll still get live CBS.
And lest we forget, we also have a suggestion for the best Roku you can buy, should you be in the market.
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