Paramount+ Review 2021

If you can’t get enough of Paramount+ shows, you’ll like Paramount+. Everyone else might want to look elsewhere.
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Overall Rating 3 out of 5

What is Paramount+, you might ask?

Well, Paramount+ is a rebranding of Paramount+. It’s a live and on-demand TV streaming service where you’ll find all of your favorite CBS TV shows and movies, including Star Trek: PicardNCIS, The Good Fight, and The Twilight Zone.

And you’ll only have to budget $6–$10 per month for this entertainment on-the-go. Not bad.

Here’s our take on the new Paramount+ and how it stacks up with other live TV streaming services.


  • Big Inventory of shows on Paramount+
  • Live TV streaming (news and NFL games)
  • Low monthly price


  • Some shows don't include all episodes
  • Channels aren't available everywhere

How much does Paramount+ cost?

You’ve got two choices: limited commercials or no commercials at all

With Paramount+ you’ll get all the premium channels you’re used to as well as added channels.

You’ll get the same drama shows, classic movies, and live TV channels as before.

And here’s a bonus: if you pay for an annual membership upfront, you’ll save 15%. If you’re a student, you get a student discount of 25% off. Noice.

How much is Paramount+?
Limited commercials$5.99/mo.Live: yes | On-demand: yesView Plan
Commercial free$9.99/mo.Live: yes | On-demand: noView Plan

Paramount+ Limited Commercials plan

The basic Paramount+ plan is the Limited Commercials plan. However, while watching the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, commercials certainly didn’t seem “limited”—there were five commercial breaks.

We’d say watching TV on the Limited Commercials plan felt no different than watching traditional cable TV, which is to say there’s no shortage of commercial interruptions. (More chances to grab snacks, maybe?)

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Does Paramount+ have free content?
Paramount+ has some free content that you can watch without a subscription! But it’s extra limited. But how can we complain about free? For example, you can watch the new season of S.W.A.T., The Amazing Race, and NCIS.

Paramount+ Commercial Free plan

The other Paramount+ plan, Commercial Free, is just $4 more than the limited commercial plan. You won’t find any difference in content—you’re just paying more for no commercials.

If you ask us, it’s worth spending those extra few dollars to avoid those pesky interruptions.

Keep in mind that if you do get the Commercial Free plan, you cannot skip the ads when you watch live TV on Paramount+. There’s just no way of escaping commercials on live TV. It’s just the nature of the live TV beast—and it’s the same with every other live TV streaming competitor.

Which TV shows are on Paramount+?

Paramount+ lets you stream CBS originals, original programming, and even NFL games

CBS All Access content

What is Paramount+?

Paramount+ is the answer to any classic TV fanatic’s prayers. For the price of a cup of coffee, you get access to live TV channels, popular TV shows, classic TV shows, original content, and on-demand movies.

You can watch Sunday afternoon NFL football games on Paramount+ with your family on your smart TV, on your smartphone while waiting for your Lyft, or on your tablet while you’re running on the treadmill.

Paramount+ includes five different types of programming, including:

  • Live TV
  • Episodes of current CBS network shows (Big Brother, Love Island, FBI: Most Wanted, and more)
  • Episodes of classic CBS shows (The Brady Bunch, Cheers, Frasier, and more)
  • Original programming (Star Trek: Discovery, The Thomas John Experience, Coyote, and Interrogation)
  • On-demand movies (Charlie’s Angels, Bad News Bears, Titanic, and Forest Gump)

Alongside CBS programming, you’ll find TV episodes and movies from Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, BET, and MTV in your library. Paramount+ promises 30,000 TV episodes and movies for your on-demand entertainment.

CBS All Access movies

Paramount+ top 20 TV shows list

  • Star Trek: Discovery
  • UEFA Champions League
  • The Stand
  • The Good Fight
  • Star Trek: Picard
  • Why Women Kill
  • Kamp Koral
  • For Heaven’s Sake
  • Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • The Legend of Korra
  • Inside the NFL
  • NCIS
  • The Offer
  • Paw Patrol
  • iCarly
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender
  • FBI: Most Wanted
  • SEAL Team
  • The Unicorn
  • Peppa Pig

Can I stream live TV with Paramount+?

Streaming live TV is possible, but it’s not available in all markets

Paramount+ gives you access to watch live television with your subscription! You don’t even have to pay an extra fee or sign in with your existing TV provider.

You can get watch CBS, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Face the Nation, and CBS Evening News … But there’s a catch.

Unfortunately, Paramount+ Live TV is only available in 200 or so markets. Unfortunately, you won’t know if you’re in one of those markets until you have a subscription, so make sure you double-check to see if you’re in one of those markers during your free trial.

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This is for all you sports fans!
CBS SPORTS HQ is actually a combination of CBS Sports,, 247Sports, SportsLine, CBS Sports Fantasy and MaxPreps. It’s a sports network with live news and reporting, game previews and post-game analysis, must-see highlights, projections, and in-depth statistical breakdowns.

What devices can I stream Paramount+ on?

Of course you need to stream Star Trek while you’re waiting at the DMV

If you want to stream the Barcelona or Chelsea game while you’re on the train, you can easily pull the UEFA Champions League game up on the Paramount+ app.

And you can share your account with one other person as you can have two simultaneous streams. So you and your son who is away at college can watch CBS Sports at the same time.

You can watch your favorite CBS show on any of these streaming devices:

  • iPhone, iPad
  • Apple TV (2nd, 3rd, 4th generation, and 4K)
  • Android smartphones and tablets
  • Android TVs including Sony Bravia and MiBox
  • Chromecast
  • LG Smart TV
  • Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Cube
  • Roku TV
  • Samsung Smart TV
  • Vizio Smart TV
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Home

What features does Paramount+ have?

Paramount+ allows you to stream on two different devices, but you can only stream in 720p

You can’t expect too much with an inexpensive streaming service, but Paramount+ does come with pretty standard features.

You get two simultaneous streams, 720p maximum resolution, and playback options for on-demand content.

The biggest issue is the limit to 720p resolution. If you plan to watch on a TV larger than 50 inches, you may notice the image isn’t quite as sharp as 1080p programming. If you’re streaming on a device smaller than that, you’ll be just fine.

What are Paramount+'s features?
PlanSimultaneous streamsOn-demand playbackCommercialsDetails
Limited commercials2YesLive: yes | On-demand: yesView Plan
Commercial free2YesLive: yes | On-demand: noView Plan

Paramount+ vs. other streaming services

It really comes down to this: How bad do you want CBS shows?

Should you go for Paramount+, or is another streaming service better? Great question. Honestly, it depends on what you want out of it.

If you want access to your favorite CBS shows, originals, CBS news, and sports aired on CBS, $6–$10 per month is nothing. 

If you want access to lots of live TV channels, a wide range of TV shows, movies, premium channels, and original content, check out the competition.

How Paramount+ compares to other live TV streaming services
Streaming serviceAvailable channelsMonthly price †Details
Paramount+7*$5.99–$9.99/mo.Free Trial
YouTube TV85+$64.99/mo.Free Trial
Hulu + Live TV65+$64.99–$70.99/mo.View Plans
Sling TV50+$35.00–$50.00/mo.Free Trial
AT&T TV140+$59.99–$129.99/mo.View Plans
fuboTV155+$64.99–$79.99/mo.Free Trial

*Paramount+ channels include a local CBS channel if one is available in your area, CBS Sports HQ, CBSN, CBS This Morning, 60 Minutes, 48 Hours, Face the Nation, and CBS Evening News.

† Date effective 3/4/2021.

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Get the scoop on the competition
Think YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV, or other TV streaming services might be a better fit for you? Check out our in-depth reviews of each one to find out.

Recap: Is Paramount+ worth it?

If you’re a CBS fan, yes. If you’re a fan of lots of channels, check out other streaming services

If you live for CBS dramas, like the snarky back-and-forth commentary between McGarrett and Danno on Hawaii Five-0, or if you need a daily dose of NCIS (how does Gibbs fit that boat in his basement, anyway?), Paramount+ is a dream come true at a great price.

But if you’re looking for more channels and on-demand shows and movies, check out our top live TV streaming services.

  • Pickee

    Frasier is definitely not a CBS show. It was part of the NBC Thursday night glory days with Seinfeld and Friends.

  • steve

    Looks like I would be getting it just for a single show. Or sign up, watch the season and quit. Pass….

  • Ann Priest

    Does anyone know if they got rid of the automatic play feature? I hated it, and that was a big part of why I dropped the service. There was also an issue of very limited seaso
    ns available. Is that still a problem?

  • Michael Nye

    Strange Angel was cancelled. It was the only reason I joined Paramount+….what a dumb executive failure of a decision to make! That lady who did that, should be canned. I am leaving CBS now “No-Access” television…..goodbye and I will be sure to mention how horrible my experience was on my Facebook and every other platform…..”Avoid CBS online television!” SCAM. Cuts series off midway and leaves you hanging forever!

  • Michael Nye

    This place cancels series mid-way !!! AVOID like the plague – what a nightmare of an experience.
    Goodbye CBS…thanks for cancelling Strange Angel midway !!! It was one of the very few shows
    worth watching. I hear you hired a new CBS Access lady to be in charge…she blew it. Cancelled you.

  • Teresa Mellett

    So what’s the difference between the internet and not having internet? I have CBS on my regular device but I don’t have internet.Little help anyone

  • Mike Fruik

    i got CBS just for Picard. Literally nothing else looks watchable on here, other than old star trek episodes. Old star trek episodes are fortunately not watched by the authorities on the interwebs…… perhaps, CBS, it is time to find another avenue of income. “Poked by God”? i hope you all drink cyanide.

  • Mike Fruik

    my review is being reviewed by a review organization… cute.

  • John Strika

    I attempted it and dumped it after the first month. Too many commercials, spotty streaming and too many shows don’t have the entire catalog. I’ll stick to watching my shows on Kodi, for free.