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CBS All Access has officially become Paramount+. The robust streaming service, which launched Thursday, gives viewers access to tens of thousands of episodes, plus hit films from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, and other networks under the ViacomCBS umbrella. Additionally, Paramount+ offers access to original programming and exclusive releases, including “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run.”
Other films scheduled to hit Paramount+ after a limited theater (or video on demand) release include, “A Quiet Place Part II,” “PAW PATROL: The Movie” and “Mission: Impossible 7,” “Snake Eyes, “Clifford the Big Red Dog,” “Top Gun: Maverick,” “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,” “Transformers 7,” “Dungeons and Dragons,” and “Scream.” Recent Paramount films including, “Dora and the Lost City of Gold,” “Sonic the Hedgehog,” “Bumblebee,” and “Rocketman,” will be added to the Paramount+ streaming library as well.
There are also reboots of “Rugrats,” “Fairly Odd Parents,” and “Frasier” in the works, plus a streaming version of “60 Minutes. For reality TV fans, “The Real World Homecoming: New York” seems to be a binge worthy choice, with a shot of nostalgia. The series reunites the original cast of “The Real World New York,” nearly 30 years after the show debuted on MTV.
So how much will Paramount+ cost? With so many streaming services to choose from Paramount+ subscribers have their pick of a few different ways to save. For starters, Paramount+ offers a free seven-day trial, and two-tier payment options for yearly, and monthly, subscriptions. New customers will get 15 percent off when you sign up for a yearly plan, and you can cancel subscriptions anytime. The cheapest annual streaming package is $59.99 a year, which includes limited commercials. The second tier is $99.99 a year (the commercial-free subscription allows customers to download videos, and watch them offline).
If monthly subscription are more your speed, Paramount+ offers a monthly subscription with limited commercials at just $5.99 a month for a limited time only. For $9.99 a month, you can stream without commercials.
And that’s not all, when you sign up for Paramount+, you’ll have access to live stream local CBS stations (also, your CBS All Access account will work for Paramount+). In the future, the streaming service plans to include a Paramount+ Select channels so that subscribers can add Showtime programs to their Paramount+ subscriptions.
If you were previously a CBS All Access subscriber, your existing plan should’ve transferred over to the comparable Paramount+ tier and you can log in with the same credentials. Going forward, you’ll have the option to change levels depending on what level of advertising — with commercials or ad-free — you prefer.
Over the next two years, Paramount+ will add more than 50 original series, which include, “Halo,” “Criminal Minds,” “iCarly,” “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies,” shows from “Avatar,” “Yellowstone,” “Star Trek” and “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
“In today’s entertainment landscape, ViacomCBS stands apart as the only media company to fully embrace every segment of the streaming universe across free, premium and pay,” said Bob Bakish, President and Chief Executive Officer of ViacomCBS in a release announcing the content available at launch. “The launch of Paramount+ supercharges our strategy with a broad pay service that will be home to everything consumers love, all in one place: live sports, breaking news and a mountain of entertainment, at scale. As we look ahead, ViacomCBS is ideally positioned to harness the full power of our assets and capabilities – from our world-class production studios and the value of our massive content library, to our global marketing platform and local relationships – to seize the global opportunity in streaming.”