On March 4, the streaming service known as CBS All Access will cease to exist and it will be replaced by a new platform called Paramount+. During a Feb. 24 streaming event, ViacomCBS executives discussed the new service in detail, outlining what it is, how much it costs and what services it will offer.
What is Paramount+?
According to Variety, Paramount+ is ViacomCBS’s new and improved streaming service that will offer subscribers “a dramatically increased buffet of live sports, news and on-demand content” compared to CBS All Access. In the coming months, the service is rolling out a long cue of new and original content that will help the streamer “throw bigger elbows in an increasingly crowded market,” according to the site.
How much will it cost?
Subscriptions are in two pricing tiers, Polygon reports. For $4.99 a month, subscribers can access an ad-support version of the service that include: all Paramount’s movies, every Paramount+ original, and a “massive portion of (the Paramount+) library,” according to streaming CEO Tom Ryan (via The Verge). Paying $9.99 a month will unlock a premium version of the service that includes live news, sports and TV. According to CNET, the $9.99 subscription will also be ad-free.
What content will Paramount+ offer?
Deadline reports that the Paramount+ content catalog will feature more than 30,000 episodes of TV programs, over 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events. The program’s content comes from CBS properties and cable networks including: Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, and Smithsonian Channel, with movies arriving from Paramount Pictures, MGM and other studios, according to Variety.
The new platform will offer more than 50 new and original series across multiple genres during its first two years, Deadline reports, promising 7,000 episodes of kids content, 5,000 episodes of reality TV and 6,000 of comedy.
Additionally, the streamer will be home to several upcoming feature films 30-45 days after their theatrical releases. Titles include “Mission: Impossible 7,” “PAW Patrol: The Movie” and “A Quiet Place Part II,” according to ViacomCBS.
Here are just a few highlights from the mountain of programs that ViacomCBS announced during the Feb. 24 streaming event:
- “Criminal Minds” — A new scripted series that brings the original cast back together to investigate one case over a 10-episode span.
- “Halo” — An original drama series based on the classic Xbox video game franchise.
- “iCarly” — A new present-day series following the adventures and mishaps of the characters from Nickelodeon’s comedy from the late aughts.
- “Y:1883” — A “Yellowstone” prequel series following the Dutton family as they embark on a westward journey through the Great Plains.
- “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” — The newest Star Trek installment, following the early years of the U.S.S. Enterprise under the leadership of Captain Christopher Pike.
- “Star Trek: Prodigy” — A Star Trek series designed for kids and families, combining Nickelodeon-style entertainment with Star Trek hallmarks.
- “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years” — A CG animated “Spongebob Squarepants” spinoff series detailing how and when the show’s characters first met.
- “Frasier” — A new series with Kelsey Grammer reprising his role as Dr. Frasier Crane.
Music, reality TV and news
- “The Challenge: All Stars” — 22 cast members from the original “Real World” and “Road Rules” reality TV series have been selected to return for a chance at winning $5 million in what is being described as “the ultimate competition.”
- “Unplugged” — Paramount+ will air “special intimate MTV Unplugged events featuring some of the world’s biggest artists” several times a year.
- “60 Minutes+” — An updated version of the famous news program with award-winning correspondents Seth Doane, Enrique Acevedo, Wes Lowery and Laurie Segall.
Paramount+ will offer over 1,000 live sporting events each year, covering regular season games, playoffs and championships across several marquee properties including:
- “The NFL on CBS”
- “Inside the NFL”
- “The Masters”
- “NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship”
- PGA Tour
- “SEC on CBS”
- “The PGA Championship”
- “National Women’s Soccer League”
The full list of upcoming Paramount+ programs and their descriptions is available here.