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- CBS All Access will become Paramount Plus on March 4.
- The expanded streaming service will feature more shows, new movies, live sports, and CBS content.
- If you sign up before March 4, you can lock in one year of Paramount Plus for as little as $30.
Paramount Plus will continue streaming live CBS (on the Premium plan) while also offering new original series and movies, like a show based on the popular “Halo” video game franchise. Brand-new Paramount films, like “A Quiet Place 2,” will stream exclusively on Paramount Plus after they debut in theaters.
There will also be an assortment of live sports, whether you’re a fan of UEFA soccer action or want to catch your favorite NFL team on Sundays.
The rebrand will take place on March 4, and you can get 50% off a one-year subscription if you sign up before that date. Right now, you can subscribe to CBS All Access (soon to be Paramount Plus) for as little as $2.50 per month if you buy the annual limited-commercial subscription with the code “PARAMOUNTPLUS” at checkout.
It’s unclear how much Paramount Plus will charge for an annual membership after March 3, so this deal is worth jumping on before it expires.
Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch.
What is Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus will be the new name for CBS All Access starting March 4.
The rebranded CBS All Access will offer an expansion of the streaming service’s current on-demand lineup while maintaining access to live CBS networks (with the Premium plan) and sports content. The streaming service will include programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel.
New and classic movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM will be included as well. The library will also feature Paramount Plus originals you won’t find anywhere else.
The new streaming service will keep its predecessor’s huge catalog of classic shows and the rebrand will signal a dive into more of ViacomCBS’ library over the next year. ViacomCBS has previously announced that the rebrand will include the addition of at least 10,000 TV episodes.
When does Paramount Plus launch?
If you’re in the US or Latin America, you can start watching Paramount Plus on March 4. Additional regions are expected to be supported at a later date.
How much does Paramount Plus cost?
Starting in June, Paramount Plus will cost $5 a month for ad-supported streaming. It should be noted, however, that the Base plan will not include live streaming for your local CBS network. For live CBS access, you’ll need the Premium plan for $10 a month. The Premium plan also offers ad-free streaming for on-demand content. Annual membership pricing has not been announced yet.
In contrast, CBS All Access currently costs $6 a month or $60 a year for the limited-commercial plan, which includes live CBS streaming. For the commercial-free plan, you can pay $10 a month or $100 a year. Each plan comes with a free one-week trial.
Customers who sign up for a CBS All Access subscription ahead of the transition can lock in a special discounted annual rate for Paramount Plus. If you enter the code “PARAMOUNTPLUS” at checkout through the Paramount Plus website, you can get one year of the limited-commercial plan for $30, or one year of the commercial-free plan for $50. That’s 50% off the regular annual rate.
What devices can I use to watch Paramount Plus?
- Apple TV
- Fire TV
- Samsung smart TVs
- Vizio TVs
- LG TVs
- Portal TV
- Xfinity Flex
How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?
Paramount Plus will essentially be an expansion of CBS All Access.
It’s expected that current CBS All Access members will be transitioned over to Paramount Plus, enabling them to sign into the new app with their same account information. This means you’ll get all the same content CBS All Access already offers, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles.
With that said, the Paramount Plus Base plan, which goes into effect in June, does differ from the current CBS All Access base plan in one key area. Though the Paramount Plus Base plan will costs $1 less each month, it will no longer offer live CBS streaming. You’ll need to upgrade to the Premium plan in order to keep live CBS access.
What can I watch on Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus will offer access to live CBS streaming via its Premum plan. It will also offer 50% more content than its predecessor in terms of on-demand TV episodes. You can expect to see original content from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS.
The service will be home to brand-new movies, including all of Paramount’s upcoming theatrical releases 30 to 45 days after they debut on the big screen. This includes major titles like “A Quiet Place 2” and “Mission: Impossible 7.” Older films will also be included. At launch, the service will feature over 2,500 titles, including movies from popular franchises like “James Bond,” “Star Trek,” and more.
New Paramount Plus originals set for release over the next two years will include “Halo,” a show based on the video game series, and “Y:1883,” a prequel to the popular show “Yellowstone.” If nautical nonsense is something you’re after, “Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years” is set to come out by the end of 2021.
Fans of the classic “Godfather” movies will be happy to see “The Offer,” a limited event series based on the making of the movie. There will also be reboots of shows like MTV’s “Behind The Music” and “The Real World,” BET’s “The Game,” Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Rugrats,” and a “Criminal Minds”-inspired docuseries called “The Real Criminal Minds.”
Time will tell how Paramount Plus stacks up to similar streaming services, like Disney Plus and HBO Max. But, if you can lock in the $30 deal for a one-year subscription, the low price alone could make this a very appealing streaming option.