Paramount Plus is a streaming service that offers everything from Paramount (formerly CBS and Viacom) including new and classic movies and its own rich slate of Paramount Plus originals.
The service has now begun its international rollout with the UK launch on June 22; a full slate of UK-produced original content is scheduled to hit the platform to support the new launch.
Here's everything you need to know about Paramount Plus.
What is Paramount Plus?
The streaming service includes content from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and the Smithsonian Channels, in addition to its own original series.
Movies on Paramount Plus: there are a ton of classic Paramount Pictures films as well as its own slate of original movies. In addition, Paramount announced that by 2024 Paramount Plus will stream all Paramount movies (opens in new tab) after their theatrical runs have finished.
Shows on Paramount Plus: include the Star Trek franchise (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Prodigy and more), Taylor Sheridan-created series like 1883 and Mayor of Kingstown and the live-action Halo TV series. From summer 2022, Paramount Plus will also feature Showtime shows as part of a new subscription plan.
The streamer is also trying to make it easier for subscribers to find the best of its content by launching Live Channels. They follow a similar format to Pluto TV, which Paramount acquired back in 2019 and are essentially a collection of channels themed around a specific genre of show or movie or a specific IP, including:
- 24/7 Laughs
- Adult Animation
- Animation Favorites
- All Day Drama
- Black Voices
- Crime & Justice
- Nostalgic Hits
- Reality TV: Competition
- Reality TV: Shores
- Star Trek
- Paw Patrol
- Preschool Corner
- SpongeBob Universe
- New channels will continue to be added, including one just for RuPaul's Drag Race.
That's just barely scratching the surface of what the service has to offer. We've already pulled together a guide to all the Paramount Plus original series that are live on the service and some that are on their way.
And that's not even mentioning the live sports that the streaming service offers (see the section below).
How much does Paramount Plus cost?
With all of the great content you might be asking: how much does Paramount Plus cost? And is there a Paramount Plus free trial?
Paramount Plus normally offers a one-week free trial but there's a special offer from June 10-30 — an extended one-month free trial for all new users.
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.
Paramount Plus deal for T-Mobile and Sprint customers
Lucky T-Mobile and Sprint customers can get a year of Paramount Plus for free. Starting November 9, 2021, the service provider is offering new and existing customers (on postpaid consumer and home internet plans) one year of Paramount Plus Essential (the $4.99 per month plan) for free.
The deal even applies to consumers who are already subscribed to Paramount Plus. After 12 months, the subscription will automatically renew and consumers will be charged $4.99.
Get Paramount Plus UK free with Sky Cinema
Similar to how Peacock was made available to UK Sky TV customers at no additional cost, Sky has brokered a deal with Paramount that means Sky Q and Sky Glass customers signed up to the Sky Cinema package can enjoy a mountain of extra content at no extra cost.
All you need to do is say "Paramount Plus" into your Sky Q voice remote or navigate to the Sky Cinema section of your Sky set-top box to get started.
If you're not already a Sky Cinema customer, signing up costs an additional £12 a month on top of a basic Sky package. For more details on how to sign up, head to the Sky website (opens in new tab).
Do be aware this offer is not available to NOW customers who have a Sky Cinema subscription.
Are there sports on Paramount Plus?
Yes! There are live sports on Paramount Plus. That includes domestic sports like the PGA Tour, college football and more. (You'll need your local CBS affiliate for a lot of that.) And, yes, you'll be able to watch the NFL on Paramount Plus.
Paramount Plus will also have the exclusive sports to things like the UEFA Champions League, which pits the bets European football (soccer) clubs against each other. The streaming service also has the rights to the U.S. National Women's Soccer League.
Other Paramount Plus sports include more international football, like more than 200 CONCACAF matches (that's the horrible acronym for Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football). CONCACAF covers the U.S. Men's National Team, and qualifiers for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023.
Paramount Plus also will be home to Argentina's Liga Profesional de Futbol, as well as Brazil's Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A league.
What are the best movies on Paramount Plus?
Picking the best movies is a subjective endeavor, to be clear. The cool part about Paramount Plus is that it isn't just about new movies. Nor is it all in on old movies, either. It runs the gamut — from classics that are upwards of 60 years old, to new hits that came out the past couple of years.
You'll find Hitchcock to Tom Cruise. (There's a lot of Tom Cruise, actually.) You'll find the original wave of Star Trek movies, the full Indiana Jones series, and all three Godfather films.
Some of the big-name titles available right now on Paramount Plus include:
both A Quiet Place movies, Jackass Forever, The Indiana Jones franchise, Interstellar, 2009's Star Trek and The Wolf of Wall Street, Titanic, Top Gun, Saint Maud, 2022's Scream, Mission: Impossible, Mean Girls and plenty more.
So, yeah. Paramount Plus has movies. A lot of movies. Some of the best movies.
What are the best shows on Paramount Plus?
With the likes of CBS, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET and soon Showtime shows available under the Paramount Plus banner, as well as a growing slate of Paramount Plus originals, there's a lot to watch. Here are some of our favorites.
Paramount Plus features all of the current CBS shows, including new hits like Ghosts and popular reality series like The Amazing Race, Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother and Survivor. It also is the streaming home to all of the CSI and NCIS franchises. Former CBS show Evil has also made the move to being a Paramount Plus exclusive show.
For fans of '90s Nickelodeon, classic series like All That, Are You Afraid of the Dark, Doug and Rugrats are available for streaming. There's also a new Rugrats series for a new generation.
Other highlights include the classic TV series like Behind the Music, Beavis and Butt-Head, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Freaks and Geeks, I Love Lucy (select episodes) and The Twilight Zone.
A number of Paramount Plus original series have been successful critical and audience hits, including 1883, The Good Fight, Mayor of Kingstown and a slew of Star Trek series, including Star Trek: Discovery.
The UK-produced originals include already-announced dramas like The Blue, The Burning Girls, The Ex-Wife, Flatshare, A Gentleman in Moscow, Girl, Taken and Sexy Beast, plus unscripted shows such as The Box, Chalet Girls, Fashion House, Haunted, LA Hairdressers, MH370: The Lost Flight, Pervert: Catching the Strip Search Caller and Rise of the Tech Giants.
Where is Paramount Plus available?
Paramount Plus is currently available in a large number of international markets, including Latin America, the Nordics and Australia, but it will be expanding its international reach in 2022.
Will I get CBS on Paramount Plus?
US subscribers wondering if they can get live access to their local CBS affiliate on Paramount Plus can rest easy, the streaming service does offer CBS local stations if you're signed up for the premium service.
That's handy for things like watching the NFL on CBS on Paramount Plus or other live sporting events. Or even if you just want to catch your local news on Paramount Plus.
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