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What is Paramount+?
Paramount+ is an on-demand and live TV streaming service where you'll find all of your favorite CBS TV shows and movies, including Star Trek: Picard, NCIS, Blue Bloods, and Survivor.
But the entertainment doesn't stop there. You'll also find some of your favorite BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon series and movies, as well!
And you'll only have to budget $5–$10 per month for this entertainment on the go. That's not bad for everything you get with this service.
Let's get into the details of this streaming service to find out if it's worth your time.
- Paramount+ has 30,000+ hours of content with both plans
- This streaming app has a few live TV channels (news and NFL games)
- The monthly price is low
- Some TV shows don't include all episodes in the library
- Paramount+ channels aren't available everywhere
How much does Paramount+ cost?
Paramount+ has two plans: one with commercials and one with no commercials at all.
Of course we recommend spending $5 more for no interruptions during your Hawaii Five-O marathon, but it's nice that Paramount+ gives you a cheap option just in case.
And here's a bonus: if you pay for an $100 annual membership upfront, you'll save 16%. If you're a student, you get a student discount for the Essential plan and only pay $3.75 per month. Noice.
How much is Paramount+?
What's included in the Paramount+ Essential plan?
The Paramount+ Essential plan is for the money savers at only $5 per month. With this plan, you'll get access to all of Paramount+'s library, but you'll have to stick through some ads while you stream.
For example, while we were streaming the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery, there were five commercial breaks.
We’d say paying that extra $5 per month will be worth avoiding these ads because those ads can really add up when you're trying to binge ten episodes of your fave TV show. (That means 50 commercial breaks, ugh.)
When you upgrade, you'll also be able to watch your local CBS channel live!
What's included in the Paramount+ Premium plan?
The other Paramount+ plan, Premium, is just $5 more than the Essential (with ads) plan. You won’t find any difference in content, but you will find that you won't have to sit through Apple or Samsung commercials.
If you ask us, it's worth spending those extra few dollars to avoid those pesky interruptions. But we recommend jumping on the free trial to see if you don't mind the ads before committing.
Keep in mind that if you do get the Premium plan, you cannot skip the ads when you watch live TV on Paramount+ (like your local CBS channel). 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 and movies are on 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 six different types of programming, including:
- Live TV channels (local, news, and live sports)
- Episodes of current CBS network shows (Big Brother, Love Island, Ghosts, and Neighborhood)
- Episodes of classic CBS shows (The Brady Bunch, Cheers, and Frasier)
- BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel TV series and movies (Ridiculousness, Tosh.O, and Spongebob Square Pants)
- Original programming (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Offer, 1883, and Seal Team)
- On-demand movies (The Godfather, Paw Patrol: The Movies, Scream, and Grease)
Paramount+ promises 30,000 TV episodes and movies for your on-demand entertainment.
Paramount+ current top TV shows and movies list
- Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
- Star Trek: Picard
- Wrath of Man
- Star Trek: Discovery
- The Godfather
- War of the Worlds 2
- Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
- Paw Patrol
- Peppa Pig
- RuPaul's Drag Race
- Daddy's Home
- Instant Family
- Love & Hip Hop Atlanta
- Everybody Hates Chris
- Hot In Cleveland
- Reno 911!
Does Paramount+ have live TV?
Paramount+ gives you access to watch live television with your Premium subscription! You don't even have to pay an extra fee or sign in with your existing TV provider.
You can watch CBS (local station), CBSN (24/7 news), CBS Sports HQ, and ET Live , but there's a catch.
Unfortunately, Paramount+ Live TV is only available in 200 or so markets. Also, 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 live in one of those areas during your free trial.
Which sports can I watch on Paramount+?
Paramount+ sports is a great filler or substitution if you don't have access to live TV channels.
Click the Sports tab at the top of your home screen, and you'll get access to the following:
- EUFA Champions League
- Serie A
- UEFA Europa League
- Combate Global
- Fantasy Football Today
- NFL on CBS
- Masters Tournament
- Big 3
CBS SPORTS HQ is actually a combination of CBS Sports, CBSSports.com, 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.
On which devices can I stream Paramount+?
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 Paramount+ 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
- 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?
You can't expect too much with an inexpensive streaming service, and Paramount+ does come with pretty standard features.
You get three simultaneous streams, 1080p maximum resolution, and playback options for on-demand content.
Paramount+ used to be limited to 720p resolution, but they bumped up their resolution for your TV that's larger than 50 inches.
How does Paramount+ compare to other streaming services?
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, MTV, and Comedy Central shows, and access to CBS news as well as sports aired on CBS, $5–$10 per month is nothing. (Especially if you really like CBS and were previously a CBS All-Access Subscriber.)
If you want access to a high number of live TV channels, a wide range of TV shows, movies, premium channels, and original content, check out the competition.
Recap: Is Paramount+ worth it?
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.
You'll also get access to Paramount Pictures movies, and a library of TV series from networks like BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and the Smithsonian Channel.
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