Paramount Plus: Price, shows & how to try for free

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It seems like dozens of new streaming services have cropped up in the last few years, but Paramount+ is a new one that shouldn't be missed. 

In addition to being the new and improved home for the likes of Big Brother, Star Trek: Discovery, and all the NCIS episodes you can stomach, the CBS platform also hosts tons of content from BET, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, and the Smithsonian Channel. Over a year later, Paramount+ has also added a ton of new original series and films. Here's everything you need to know about Paramount+.

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Paramount+ is the hub for all the content you don't want to miss from networks including CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and more.

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What is Paramount+?

The streaming service currently hosts a media library boasting more than 30,000 episodes from networks including CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel.

Paramount+ includes all of the content found on the former CBS All Access, as well as a bevy of new shows and movies for subscribers to enjoy. CBS All Access originals like Star Trek: Picard and The Good Fight are now airing on Paramount+, alongside brand new Paramount+ originals like The Challenge: All-Stars, 1883, and a revival of BET's The Game.

The platform also includes more than 2,500 movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM, with plans to release a variety of original series and feature films exclusive to Paramount+, which we'll be discussing below.

How much does Paramount+ cost?

Paramount Plus Plans

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You can join the Paramount+ Essential plan for just $4.99 per month ($50/year) or upgrade to the Premium plan for $9.99 per month ($100/year). Alternatively, choosing an annual plan can save you over 15% extra on the total cost, though you'll have to pay for the entire year up-front.

The Essential plan provides access to the entire Paramount+ catalog with limited ad-support, as well as NFL on CBS live, a selection of live Champions League soccer matches, and 24/7 live news with CBSN.

The Premium plan boasts all of the same features, as well as ad-free streaming on everything except for live programming and a handful of series. The top-tier plan also provides live access to your local CBS station and the ability to download shows to your device that you want to watch when you are offline.

Are there any Paramount+ deals?

The best way to save on your Paramount+ subscription is by choosing an annual plan instead of a monthly one. The annual plan saves you more than 15% off the total cost, though it must be paid in full when you sign up. An even better deal is reserved for students: You can save 25% by signing up with student credentials at Paramount+ right now!

T-Mobile also recently announced that current and new T-Mobile and Sprint customers can get a one-year free subscription to the Paramount+ Essential plan if they subscribe to one of the carrier's postpaid wireless or home internet plans. As mentioned above, the Essential plan includes limited commercial interruptions, and lacks local live CBS stations.

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One year of Paramount+ for free

T-Mobile is offering a free one-year Paramount+ subscription to T-Mobile and Sprint customers who subscribe to one of their postpaid wireless or home internet plans. The promotion is live now.

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Get a free Paramount+ subscription with your Walmart+ membership
The relatively new subscription service Walmart+ is also giving away free Paramount+ subscriptions. New and existing Paramount+ subscribers will get to enjoy this deal when they sign up for Walmart+, in addition to all of the benefits of a Walmart+ membership, such as free delivery and discounted fuel.  (opens in new tab)

Get a free Paramount+ subscription with your Walmart+ membership

The relatively new subscription service Walmart+ is also giving away free Paramount+ subscriptions. New and existing Paramount+ subscribers will get to enjoy this deal when they sign up for Walmart+, in addition to all of the benefits of a Walmart+ membership, such as free delivery and discounted fuel. 

In which countries is Paramount+ available?

As of September 2022, Paramount+ is available in the following countries. That being said, the new streaming service SkyShowtime (which includes titles from Paramount Plus, Showtime, and Peacock) launched on September 20th in many Nordic countries such as Denmark, Sweden, in Norway. In October, Paramount Plus will be phased out in these countries in favor of SkyShowtime, and existing subscribers will be sent instructions on how they can switch over their accounts. 

Additionally, SkyShowtime has plans to rollout the service in Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Montenegro, Netherlands, North Macedonia, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Spain in 2023.

  • United States
  • Canada
  • Australia
  • Argentina
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador

  • El Salvador
  • Finland
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Sweden
  • Uruguay
  • Venezuela

What's streaming on Paramount+?

Paramount+ features thousands of episodes, hundreds of shows, and a variety of exclusive content you won't be able to watch elsewhere. Fans of networks like BET, MTV, Comedy Central, and Paramount Network especially will want to subscribe, as the service includes many of those networks' most popular shows and older favorites that haven't aired on TV in years. You'll also find a ton of new and classic movies, as well as original programming. Here's a rundown of what content you'll find on Paramount+.

Series on Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus Classics

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In addition to the content mentioned above, the Paramount+ media library includes a variety of classic shows, including the likes of 7th Heaven, Cheers, and I Love Lucy. Additionally, kids will love the amount of Nickelodeon content, from hundreds of Spongebob episodes to Dora The Explorer, The Loud House, and more. With that in mind, here's a list of popular shows you can find on the service:

  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • Bar Rescue
  • Beavis and Butthead
  • Chappelle's Show
  • Daria
  • The Fairly OddParents
  • Ink Master
  • Jersey Shore
  • Kamp Koral: Spongebob's Under Years
  • Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
  • Mayor of Kingstown
  • NCIS
  • Paw Patrol
  • Reno 911!
  • RuPaul's Drag Race
  • Seal Team
  • Teen Mom
  • The Real World
  • The Talk
  • Twin Peaks
  • Young Sheldon
  • The Young & The Restless

Sports on Paramount Plus

Paramount Sports

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Similar to NBC's Peacock streaming service, Paramount+ confirmed it would provide access to roughly 1,000 live sporting events. This includes selections from:

  • The NFL on CBS
  • The Masters
  • NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship
  • The PGA Tour
  • The PGA Championship
  • The SEC on CBS
  • National Women's Soccer League
  • EFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA Europa Conference League

Paramount+ is also the only digital hub for U.S. soccer fans to watch exclusive English-language coverage of every UEFA club competition match and plans to expand its exclusive English-language rights in the U.S. with three more soccer properties soon.

Movies on Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus Movies

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Considering this streaming service is named after one of the most iconic movie studios in history, there is no shortage of films to watch on the service. Along with older must-see films like the Mission: Impossible franchise, Paramount is also home to a rotating selection of modern classics, including film series like Star Trek and Indiana Jones.

At the time that Paramount+ launched, it was revealed that select Paramount films would head to the streaming platform 30 to 45 days after their theatrical release, with others set to appear 90 days after their theatrical release. Specifically, recent blockbusters Scream, The Lost City, and Sonic The Hedgehog 2 are currently available to stream on Paramount+.

Original programming on Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus Originals

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CBS All Access originals are continuing on Paramount+, including Star Trek: Discovery, Picard, The Stand, and The Good Fight. A slate of new shows have also recently debuted, such as Halo, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the Yellowstone spin-off 1883, and a reboot of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

Kids will also enjoy the new show Kamp Koral from the world of Spongebob Squarepants, as well as the Paramount+ exclusive film The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run. Meanwhile, a slightly older crowd should check out the platform's revival of iCarly and The Real World: Homecoming: Los Angeles limited series.

Other exclusive shows streaming now or coming soon to the platform include:

  • Dating Naked: VH1 series reboot
  • Dora the Explorer: Live-action series
  • Fatal Attraction: Series adaptation of the 1987 film
  • Flashdance: Series adaptation of the 1983 film
  • Frasier: NBC series revival
  • From Cradle to Stage: Original series
  • Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies: Based on the iconic musical
  • Inside Amy Schumer: Comedy Central series revival
  • Mayor of Kingstown: Original series
  • Road Rules: MTV series reboot
  • Star Trek: Prodigy: Animated kids' Star Trek series
  • The Weekly Show With Trevor Noah: Original series
  • Unplugged: MTV series revival

What devices support Paramount+?

Paramount Devices

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Paramount+ is currently available on all devices that were previously compatible with the CBS All Access app. This includes Apple TV, Android TVs, phones and tablets, Chromecast, and Fire TV. Here's a full list of devices that Paramount+ is available on right now.

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Android TV✔️
iOS and iPadOS✔️
Apple TV✔️
Fire tablets✔️
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Xbox One✔️
Xbox Series X/S✔️
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Nintendo Switch
Portal TV✔️
Smart TVsSamsung, Vizio, LG, Xfinity Flex

Account limits, profiles and parental controls

Both Paramount+ subscription tiers offer parental control capabilities and up to six individual profiles that can be personalized by each person assigned a profile on the account.

While the parental control feature is OFF by default across profiles, all you need to do is go to settings and click one toggle. Once you do that, you'll be prompted to create a 4-digit PIN, which will be required to watch any restricted content on that profile moving forward.

Try Paramount+ for free

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If you want to try either of the plans, all you need to do is sign up for the seven-day Paramount+ free trial online. Just select the Try It Now button on the Paramount+ homepage, pick your plan, and create an account. No matter which plan you choose, you will receive the first seven days for free.

After creating an account, you can choose to upgrade, downgrade, or cancel your plan at any time. However, if you choose to cancel before the seven-day free trial is up, you will forfeit whatever amount of time you have left on your trial period.

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The Paramount+ streaming service brings together content from networks like BET, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and more, as well as exclusive original shows and films you won't be able to watch anywhere else.

Starting at $4.99/month (opens in new tab)