How to watch Paramount Plus on a Vizio TV

Paramount Plus on Vizio
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Paramount Plus is a home for everything you and know and love from ViacomCBS (now Paramount). It comes with movies from Paramount Studios and shows from BET and Nickelodeon. It means MTV and Paramount and Comedy Central. And there's also a huge raft of Paramount Plus original series exclusively produced for the streamer.

And you can easily watch Paramount Plus on a Vizio TV, thanks to the built-in Paramount Plus app for Vizio's SmartCast platform. (And don't forget about the Paramount Plus free trial.)

That means you'll not need any other hardware to watch Paramount Plus on Vizio — you'll just need to be a subscriber.

Here's everything you need to know about watching Paramount Plus on Vizio:

How to watch Paramount Plus on Vizio

Setting up is easy. Vizio SmartCast has its own Paramount Plus app, which means you don't need to have any other hardware to use the service. Just open up the app on the SmartCast home screen.

You'll then either sign in with credentials you already have or you'll be prompted to register for a new account. And then you'll just kick back and watch everything that Paramount Plus has to offer.

If you're starting from scratch with Paramount Plus on Vizio

If you're new to Paramount Plus (or possibly new to Vizio TVs in the first place), we've got a lot to talk about. First, let's define some terms.

Paramount Plus is the streaming service from the US giant Paramount (formerly ViacomCBS), which is home to some of the biggest entertainment brands across the world.

There will be a plethora of live sports on Paramount Plus. The NFL is the first one you're probably hoping for, and, yes, you can watch the NFL on Paramount Plus. (That almost certainly will be limited to whatever your regional weekly CBS game is each week, however, because that's how NFL broadcasts work.) It will host the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, which pits the best football clubs in Europe against each other. South American football is on the service, too, with the Liga Profesional de Fútbol in Argentina, and Brazil's Campeonato Brasileiro Série A. It's also home to the US National Women's Soccer League games, CONCACAF games, college basketball and the PGA Tour golf.

Paramount Plus also has a host of new original shows available for streaming. Some are extensions of old favorites, others are brand new. It's also home to nearly the entire Star Trek universe, from the Original Series to the new classics Star Trek: Discovery and Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

So, yeah. There is a lot to watch on Paramount Plus.

You also need to know about Paramount Plus pricing. Here's the deal:

Paramount Plus price in the US

  • Paramount Plus essential plan — from $4.99 monthly, or $49.99 per year
    So long as you don't mind advertising, you can watch the Paramount Plus essential plan for as little as $4.99 per month.
    Do note that there's a catch with the $4.99 version of Paramount Plus (as well as the ads) — it doesn't include a live stream of your local CBS affiliate.
  • Paramount Plus premium plan — from $9.99 monthly, or $99.99 per year
    If you can't stand ads (who can, really?) and want to get rid of most of them, the premium tier runs $9.99 a month, or $99.99 a year.
  • Paramount Plus/Showtime subscription plan — from $12 monthly (with ads), $15 (no ads)
    This is similar to a previous bundle option for Paramount and Showtime.

Paramount Plus price in other countries

The Paramount Plus price in other countries varies a little but is in line with the US price. 

For example, in the UK the new Paramount Plus streaming service costs £6.99 a month or £69.90 annually (with a seven-day free trial available) at launch.

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent his 20s in the newsroom of the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, his 30s on the road for and Mobile Nations and is the Dad part of Modern Dad.