Paramount+: Launch date, content, pricing and all you need to know about the rebranded CBS All Access streaming service
Paramount+ is the new name for CBS All Access, Viacom CBS's existing subscription video service which will be launch in the United States as Paramount+ from March 4, 2021. Paramount+ will include programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and Smithsonian Channel. New movies, as well as classics from Paramount, Miramax and MGM, will also be included.
Paramount+ launches with a library of 30,000 plus TV episodes, 2,500 movies and plans to premiere 36 original series in the first year. Pricing details for Paramount+ have now been shared and looks like the base package will cost less than CBS Access. Here are all the details on what you can expect from Paramount+.
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CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ from March 4, 2021, in the United States.
Paramount+ has a huge existing library of content and many new shows on Paramount+ will be based on existing content. Some of the original series that can be expected on Paramount+ include a 'Frasier' revival with Kelsey Grammer but unfortunately, there has been no confirmation on David Hyde Pierce. Fans can also expect a 'Criminal Minds' revival and all 15 seasons of the original CBS crime show. Previously announced shows on Paramount+ include 'The Offer', a limited series based on the making of 'The Godfather'. There will also be reboots of shows such as MTV's 'Behind The Music' and 'The Real World'.
When it comes to family content, a 'Spongebob' prequel series and a 'Rugrats' reboot can also be looked forward to. Fans can also look forward to 'iCarly' sequel, where the original characters are now 10 years older and they will also arrive in the future. Interestingly Paramount+ will be home to brand new movies including all Paramount's upcoming theatrical releases 30-45 days after they debut on the big screen. This includes major titles such as 'A Quiet Place: Part II', premiering this September, and 'Mission: Impossible 7' out this November.
The base price of Paramount + will cost $4.99 a month a dollar less than the current CBS All Access package with commercials. The full Paramount Plus Premium tier with no ads will be $9.99 a month. However, it is important to note that the $5 monthly Paramount plus plan will include live sports including NFL games but will exclude local CBS stations. In June, the previous $5.99 monthly plan will be discontinued but Viacom CBS has said existing subscribers will not be affected unless they cancel and resubscribe after the new Paramount+ plan is introduced.
Prior to the official March 4 launch, Viacom CBS is offering subscribers who sign up for a CBS All Access annual plan a discount of 50 percent for the first 12 months.
Where to watch?
Paramount+ will launch in the United States and in 18 Latin American countries on March 4. The Canadian version of CBS All Access will also be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4, but the new expanded content will only be available to Canadian audiences later in the year. Paramount+ will debut in Australia in mid-2021. You can sign up for Paramount+ through its website as well as through platform partners including Apple, Amazon and Google.
Catch this 'roll call' of all the stars you can expect to see on Paramount+