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Paramount+: Everything You Need To Know, Including A Limited-Time Discount
Paramount+ has replaced CBS All Access. Here's what you need to know about the expanded service.
Paramount+, a rebranded version of CBS All Access, launched earlier this month. Though it still very much looks like CBS All Access in terms of content right now, Paramount+ promises to offer far more original content and movies than were previously available on All Access. The expanded service will look to compete with big streaming names such as Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and Disney+. We've rounded up all of the details you need to know about Paramount+.
How much does Paramount+ cost?
The pre-launch deal on Paramount+ subscriptions has returned just weeks after the service launched. Right now, you can get 12 months of the ads-supported plan for only $30. This deal also applies to the ad-free premium plan, dropping the price to $60 for a year. To get the discount, you have to enter promo code YEAR at checkout.
Paramount+ currently has two monthly subscription plans that are available to purchase: a mostly ad-free premium plan for $10 per month and an ads-supported basic plan for $6. The ads-supported plan has been rolled over from CBS All Access, but it will decrease in price to $5 in June. It's important to note that the ad-free plan will still have ads for live TV streams. ViacomCBS also says that "a few shows include brief promotional interruptions to keep you in the loop on new and upcoming Paramount+ programming."
While the main difference between the two plans is the ads or lack thereof, there is one other notable aspect that is only available for ad-free subscribers: local CBS stations. Those subscribed to the ads supported plan won't be able to stream their local CBS affiliates. This is noteworthy because it will black out local news and sporting events that aren't being broadcast nationally.
CBS All Access ad-supported subscribers will still be able to stream local station content as long as they don't cancel their plan.
Paramount+ is CBS All Access with more content
All of the content currently available on CBS All Access will be included with a Paramount+ subscription. But ViacomCBS is looking to grow the library exponentially, adding a ton of new original shows and a bigger back catalog of movies.
Whereas CBS All Access relied largely on Star Trek and other shows that didn't exactly move the needle, Paramount+ will have a stable of intriguing original content over the next two years. It was recently announced that the upcoming Halo TV show will be available exclusively on Paramount+, moving from Showtime. New animated series in the Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants universes are on the horizon, with the latter's Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years debuting on March 4.
ViacomCBS has said that more than 50 original series will be available on Paramount+ within two years, including new seasons of Frasier, Criminal Minds, and iCarly.
Paramount+ will stream new movies
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Paramount+ will have a movie library exceeding 2,500 titles, though it's unclear when that number will be reached. Additionally, select Paramount Pictures movies will be available to stream on the service 45 days after their theatrical releases. Most notably, A Quiet Place Part II and Mission: Impossible 7 will be included in the program, both of which release later this year. The new SpongeBob movie, Sponge on the Run, will also be available on the streaming service on March 4, and a new Beavis and Butt-Head movie was recently announced for Paramount+ as well.
One of the draws of CBS All Access was live sports. CBS is one of the biggest sports networks around, with programming across the NFL, PGA Tour, and collegiate sports such as basketball and football. Paramount+ subscribers will have access to all nationally televised CBS sporting events, and ad-free subscribers will also get local sporting events.
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