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Paramount Plus price, shows, free trial, movies and what you need to know

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Paramount Plus isn't exactly a new kid on the block, so its inability to earn a real slot on our best streaming services list is beginning to look like bad news. So far, aside from Champions League live streams and the Halo TV show, the series has yet to really do much (aside from those South Park specials) that really gets attention. 

Paramount Plus, lest you forget, replaced CBS All Access, and it added a lot of content on top. Our Paramount Plus review breaks down all of our testing and opinions about the service, if you want more detail. Big Paramount Plus shows also include Picard season 2, which has gotten mixed reactions from our team. The other big Paramount Plus premiere is Star Trek Discovery season 4.

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. Confusing, right?

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, a new series set in the world of Avatar: The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra, and an iCarly revival. 

Why is that happening? Well, it's safe to assume that the folks in charge at ViacomCBS don't think the name CBS All Access is grandiose enough — or that simply adding a lot of content to CBS All Access would garner the same attention that rebranding it will. 

This confusion is similar to what happened with HBO Max, where it was arriving alongside HBO Go and the now defunct HBO Now. Paramount Plus will try to use this larger library to compete with the other Pluses in the neighborhood (Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Discovery Plus). And don't forget Peacock, which got WWE content added recently.

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

Latest Paramount Plus news (updated April 13)

Paramount Plus price and discounts

Paramount Plus finally costs less than the departed CBS All Access, now that its $4.99 per month tier launched. That package doesn't include live CBS stations, but it will have some live sports. Paramount Plus apps.

And while some are grandfathered into the $5.99 per month Paramount Plus price, the $4.99 per month Essential plan is one of two pricing options available now. There is also be a $9.99 per month 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 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

A new Paramount Plus 7-day free trial is applied by default for new members, as its 30-day trial is now expired.

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 shows

The next big Paramount Plus exclusive is the Halo TV show, which arrives on March 24. After that, Star Trek Discovery season 4 is the biggest exclusive on Paramount Plus on the horizon. 

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. And as for when South Park: Post-Covid 2 is coming? The special debuted in mid-December of last year. We don't know when the next South Park special will hit Paramount Plus.

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Season 12 will be available to stream as of January 12, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Season 5 is coming on January 24.

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.

The biggest Paramount Plus hit series by our count, so far, has been the iCarly revival. The Halo TV show is right behind that.

The Offer, an original series based on the behind-the-scenes process of producing The Godfather, hits Paramount Plus on April 28.

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. Future films will include Top Gun: Maverick, Transformers 7 and Mission: Impossible 7

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

Naturally, Marvel movies won't be here, so look to Disney Plus to eventually get Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The five Paranormal Activity movies arrive 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 is The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run, which arrived at launch on March 4. Later, expect films based on Workaholics and Beavis & Butt-head. 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
Henry T. Casey

Henry is a senior 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.