ViacomCBS is getting into the Plus game with Paramount Plus, an expansion and rebrand of the company's CBS All Access streaming offering.
Paramount Plus (stylized as Paramount+) launched March 4 with more than 30,000 episodes of library content and more than 2,500 movies from both Paramount and MGM.
Library content runs the gamut from kids' programming to reality television and includes shows from ViacomCBS's stable of networks such as Nickelodeon, MTV, VH1, CBS, and Comedy Central.
The service will combine this "mountain of entertainment" with live sports and news.
What's happening to CBS All Access?
Paramount Plus will effectively kill CBS All Access. But ViacomCBS assures that current CBS All Access accounts will transfer to Paramount Plus on March 4.
How much will it cost?
The base tier is cheaper than the $5.99 per month charged for CBS All Access's base tier.
In addition to no ads, premium tier perks include live news from CBS affiliates and more than 1,000 live sporting events.
Yearly subscriptions are also available with $59.99 per year for a limited commercials version and $99.99 per year for a commercial free version.
Showtime and BET Plus content isn't included in either the base or premium tiers. But subs will have the option to add these services on.
What content will be available?
Paramount Plus boasts more than 30,000 hours of library content from the ViacomCBS stable of networks, including CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures, and Smithsonian Channel. This includes series such as South Park, Love & Hip Hop, Love Island, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Amazing Race, Survivor, The Challenge, Big Brother, and Jersey Shore.
CBS All Access originals (The Good Fight, The Stand, Star Trek: Discovery and The Twilight Zone) will also make the jump to Paramount Plus.
Subs will get Paramount Plus originals, too. The streamer plans 36 original series in 2021.
Chiwetel Ejiofor will star in Paramount Plus original The Man Who Fell to Earth, which is based on Walter Tevis's novel (and the 1976 David Bowie film) of the same name.
The service will get 14 original South Park movies as well, two of which are slated to land in 2021. ViacomCBS inked a deal, worth a reported $900 million, with South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone. The deal will keep South Park on Comedy Central through 2027, the series' 30th season.
Subscribers will find reboots on the service, too, including MTV's The Real World franchise with the cast of the first season of the reality series reuniting for The Real World Homecoming: New York. Other confirmed reboots include Frasier and Rugrats.
On the kids' front, the service will have original series Kamp Koral, from Nickelodeon's SpongeBob SquarePants, and original film The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.
Live programming will also be available to subs, which includes content from local CBS stations, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ and ET Live.
Will I be able to watch new Paramount movies?
ViacomCBS will shake up its theatrical release strategy with Paramount Plus.
Some Paramount Pictures films will premiere on Paramount Plus 30-45 days after their theatrical release window.
Paramount Pictures also inked a deal with Epix, which will see thousands of titles available to Paramount Plus subs.
Subs will get MGM releases as well after their theatrical window and a pay TV release on Epix.
There will be original films on the service, too, from Paramount Players and the portfolio of ViacomCBS studios.
Where can I stream Paramount Plus?
At launch, Paramount Plus will be available at ParamountPlus.com, the Paramount Plus app for Android and iOS, and a variety of smart TVs, gaming consoles, and OTT providers.
ViacomCBS, however, has not named specific OTT providers, leaving consumers wondering if it will be on Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
In Europe, ViacomCBS is teaming with Comcast's Sky unit to roll out Paramount Plus on Sky platforms in select areas. The Paramount Plus app will also be available in Europe via iOS and Android.
Jessika is assistant managing editor of Broadcasting + Cable, Multichannel News and NextTV. She has been with the brands in various roles since 2013.
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