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Paramount+: Release date, price and content

The rebranded service is set to expand. How will it affect CBS All Access?

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CBS All Access is rebranding as Paramount+. The move comes as the company is planning to expand overseas and hopes to “establish one cohesive global consumer brand”.

In other words, the name change aims to better reflect the expanded content line-up following the Viacom-CBS merger in 2019.

But what exactly does the rebrand mean for consumers? Here’s what we know so far.

Paramount+ price?

For now, the pricing for the service won’t change. Subscriptions will cost $9.99 a month to stream ad free, with the platform planning to add a cheaper $4.99 a month plan in June that will include ads and limit the content available to watch.

If you already have a CBS All Access plan, you’ll seamlessly move to a Paramount+ subscription. However, once the new ad-supported tier launches in June, the current $5.99 a month plan will no longer be available for new users. Existing users will maintain grandfathered access.

Paramount+ free trial

Consumers who sign up by March 31, 2021 were lucky enough to enjoy a 30-day free trial. After this date the free trial reverted back to its regular seven-day offer.

Stream Paramount+ free for a week

Paramount+ is offering new users a 7-day free trial if you sign up by March 31. After that you can continue your subscription for $5.99 a month.

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What content does Paramount+ offer?

The current library will stay the same, so you will still be able to binge your way through entire seasons of NCIS, Madam Secretary or Elementary, as well as original series like The Good Fight and Why Women Kill.

Paramount+ will include live news and sports content, plus on-demand shows and movies from brands including CBS, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network and Paramount Pictures. Overall, the service will have a content library of 30,000 episodes and 2,500 movies, plus 36 original series set to debut in 2021.

At launch, users will be able to stream The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. After that, new movies from Paramount Pictures will hit Paramount+ soon after their debut in theatres – think anywhere between 30 and 90 days after their premiere.

That means you will be able to stream anticipated films like A Quiet Place Part II and Mission: Impossible 7 much sooner than you might have expected. Other titles won’t make it onto the streaming service until they’ve completed their theatrical runs. Those include Transformers 7, Top Gun: Maverick and Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Movies made exclusively for Paramount+ include new versions of Paranormal Activity and Pet Sematary.

New shows and reboots

As for new TV content, there’s plenty to look forward to in the next couple of years. The list includes a Criminal Minds limited revival series, a Halo drama based on the iconic Xbox franchise and TV adaptations of classic movies Flashdance, Love Story, The Italian Job, Fatal Attraction and Parallax View.

We’re also getting a Frasier revival with Kelsey Grammer. There will be kids’ content as well, including iCarly and Rugrats reboots. Plus two Yellowstone spin-offs, a limited series about the making of movie The Godfather and a new Star Trek series titled Star Trek: Strange New Worlds.

Already impressed? These are only the highlights. In fact, Paramount is investing big in original content, so we can expect even more titles to be announced after the official launch.

Paramount+ devices

CBS All Access is available on PC and Mac, iOS and Android devices, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Fire TV, Xbox, PS4, selected smart TVs and Chromecast.

Since we’re talking about a rebrand and not a new service built from scratch, the device compatibility will likely stay the same.

It’d be interesting to see if it adds either of the new gaming consoles PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X as compatible devices.

When did Paramount+ launch?

Paramount+ will launch/rebrand in the US and Latin America on March 4. Canada’s CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ as well on that date, but the expanded catalogue won’t become available until later in the year.

The service will then debut in Europe, starting with the Nordic countries, on March 25.

Why the rebrand?

“Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling,”says Bob Bakish, ViacomCBS CEO.

The name change will mean the company can establish one global streaming brand – no more CBS All Access in the US and Canada.

It may also make the platform more broadly appealing, since CBS is usually associated with an older audience in the US and doesn’t have as much brand recognition overseas.

Oh, and adding a “+” sign has basically become the norm for new streamers – see Apple TV+, Disney+, ESPN+ and so on.

Should I get Paramount+?

Maybe. If you already have CBS All Access, the rebrand is good news, as it means you’ll have access to more content. Otherwise, if you’re a fan of procedurals, reboots and all things CBS, you might want to give the new service a try.

For now, we’re holding off judgment until we can see the upgraded platform for ourselves.

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