Paramount Plus price, shows, free trial, new movies and shows and more

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Paramount Plus, having firmly erased its predecessor from our minds, continues to add more to try and earn a spot on our best streaming services. Currently, it's a great way to get your local CBS, watch Champions League live streams, South Park specials and the Halo TV show, but it's yet to truly gain a big must-see show or movie.

The big news around Paramount Plus is its first price hike. Once Showtime is subsumed into Paramount Plus as a part of its higher-end tier, both the entry-level and premium tiers will go up. The latter will be called Paramount Plus with Showtime. Anything, it seems to take on the HBO Maxes and the Pluses (Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus) on the block. 

Recently, Paramount Plus got its biggest movie yet, as the Top Gun: Maverick Paramount Plus date is confirmed. Maybe this will be the moment that helps push Paramount Plus to the next level. Our Paramount Plus review breaks down all of our testing and opinions about the service, if you want more detail. Want to save? New and select previous members can get a Paramount Plus 30-day free trial.

So far, Paramount Plus is best for Star Trek fans, though there is no consensus on the quality of its shows. One of the biggest talking points about Paramount Plus hasn't been great news for the service. Everyone seems to love to watch Yellowstone, but the series isn't available on Paramount Plus, despite being on the Paramount Network. Wondering what's next? 80 for Brady might be headed to Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus' future, though, holds its other keys to success. Titles eventually coming to Paramount Plus are based on a lot of familiar faces, including a Frasier revival starring Kelsey Grammer and a new series set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra. 

Here's everything you need to know about Paramount Plus, including pricing, shows, movies and discounts. 

Latest Paramount Plus news (updated March 14)

Paramount Plus price and discounts

Paramount Plus costs less than the departed CBS All Access, now that it's $4.99 per month tier launched. That package doesn't include live CBS stations, but it will have some live sports. Paramount Plus apps. Make sure you check our Paramount Plus promo codes page for the latest discounts. 

That changes once Showtime is merged into the service, as a Paramount Plus price hike will take the $4.99 tier to $5.99. Then, the $9.99 ad-free tier moves up to $11.99 and becomes Paramount Plus with Showtime.

Want to save? Paramount Plus' Black Friday deal slashes annual plans down to at least $25 (the same price as 5 months of the service normally cost).

Paramount Plus is also now available in the United Kingdom (£6.99 per month or  £69.90 per year), Australia ($8.99 AUD per month) and the Republic of Ireland (€7.99 a month / €79.99 per year).

And while some are grandfathered into the $5.99 per month Paramount Plus price, the $4.99 per month (opens in new tab) Essential plan is one of two pricing options available now. There is also be a $9.99 per month (opens in new tab) ad-free package, though that does not cut ads out of live broadcasts. Both have free 7-day trials. Check out the Paramount Plus website (opens in new tab) to sign up.

You can save with an annual package, as Paramount Plus is offering $49 and $99 per year pricing. 

You can also save by bundling Paramount Plus and Showtime with, savings of about $6 (vs $15.98) for the Essential Paramount Plus and package and $10 (vs $20.98) for Premium Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus apps and devices

Unlike a lot of recent streaming services, Paramount Plus debuted everywhere at the same time. So that means you can watch Paramount Plus on Roku easily, unlike what early HBO Max subscribers faced. Here are the download links for all the Paramount Plus apps:

Paramount Plus free trial

There is an active Paramount Plus 30-day free trial.

If that doesn't work for you, check out the regular Paramount Plus 7-day free trial (opens in new tab) that's applied by default for new members.

Paramount Plus release date

The newly christened streaming service launched in the U.S. and Latin America on March 4. Paramount Plus arrived in Nordic countries on March 25 and will get to Australia on August 11. Canada saw the service rebranding on March 4, but not get the expanded content until later this year. 

But why would you subscribe?

Paramount Plus new movies and shows this month

Here are some highlights from the Paramount Plus October 2022 release list. 

  • Oct. 6: Monster High The Movie
  • Oct. 7: Significant Other
  • Oct. 11: Never Seen Again Season 3 premieres
  • Oct. 20: Inside Amy Schumer Season 5 premieres
  • Oct. 27: Star Trek: Prodigy returns

Paramount Plus shows

Nostalgia continues to be key, as the new big Paramount Plus show is Mike Judge's Beavis and Butt-Head, a revival of the original series (which is finally being added with the old music videos) on the service. This follows the Halo TV show, which arrived on March 24. 

Aside that, the highly-hyped 1883 — a prequel for Yellowstone — has arrived on Paramount Plus. Yellowstone itself, though, isn't on Paramount Plus, staying exclusive to the Paramount Network. Confusing, right?

Picard season 2, one of the next big Paramount Plus shows, arrived to positive applause. And while South Park the show isn't coming to Paramount plus, hour-long specials such as South Park Post Covid are. We're still wondering if and when South Park: The Streaming Wars 2 arrives.

While Paramount Plus is going to deliver new shows that are revivals and sequels to known properties — such as Frasier — we don't have release dates for those programs. In terms of what's available now, Paramount Plus is getting some exclusives from CBS's leftovers, as Evil and SEAL Team are leaving the network and going to be on Paramount Plus.

There's also a new Criminal Minds revival coming to Paramount Plus. No word if Paramount Plus will pluck the Criminal Minds series from Netflix.

The other marquee Paramount Plus shows announced include 6666 (a Yellowstone spinoff), a reboot of Behind the Music, and a revival of the comedy series The Game.

Paramount Plus will incorporate more of the ViacomCBS portfolio's live news and sports content, collecting shows and movies from both CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and the Paramount Network.

Paramount Plus movies

Paramount Plus movies will include a lot of the studio's theatrical films going right to the streaming service after theaters. Most recently, that meant Scream (2022) — aka Scream 5 — arriving a little earlier than anticipated. Top Gun: Maverick is now out in theaters, which means its incoming release on Paramount Plus should be around July 2022. Transformers 7 and Mission: Impossible 7 are due around 45 days after their releases as well.

The latest movies coming to Paramount Plus are The Godfather trilogy. Both the original 1972 film and its first sequel arrived on April 28, alongside with the 2020 edit of Part III.

The five Paranormal Activity movies arrived on Paramount Plus on January 5. That means the service is gaining Paranormal Activity, Paranormal Activity 2, Paranormal Activity 3, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension and Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones.

The first big movie to hit Paramount Plus was The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, which arrived at launch. Later, expect a film based on Workaholics, while Beavis & Butt-Head Do the Universe is already here. Pet Sematary will also get a Paramount Plus Original movie.

Also, expect a vault of 2,000+ classic films, such as iconic films like Friday the 13th, Rosemary's Baby and Airplane. 

Henry T. Casey
Managing Editor (Entertainment, Streaming)

Henry is a managing editor at Tom’s Guide covering streaming media, laptops and all things Apple, reviewing devices and services for the past seven years. Prior to joining Tom's Guide, he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. He's also covered the wild world of professional wrestling for Cageside Seats, interviewing athletes and other industry veterans.