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

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Paramount Plus is still young, and still trying to find reasons to make us give it a chance. The new streaming service replaced CBS All Access and adds a lot of content on top, though the ads for Paramount Plus don't mention its predecessor at all. Check out our hands-on Paramount Plus review to see our first impressions on the service.

The biggest event on Paramount Plus has been South Park: Post-Covid, an hour-long special that's the first of fourteen (a follow-up is coming soon). Paramount Plus premiere is Star Trek Discovery season 4, and we've got some bad news for international watchers in Europe. The show is now a true Paramount Plus exclusive, as it's leaving Netflix internationally.

Lately, Paramount Plus hasn't been making headlines for must-see content, but for ways to save while you stream. A new 30-day free trial has popped up, and there's also Paramount Plus bundle with Showtime that knocks both down to as low as $9.99 (or $12.99) per month. The cheaper version is ad-supported. The other news for Paramount Plus wasn't good news, as recent a Champions League stream wasn't available to some, who instead got an error message.

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 December 1)

  • A new Paramount Plus 30-day free trial is here.
  • South Park: Post Covid feels like the biggest event for Paramount Plus yet.
  • Star Trek Discovery is no longer streaming on Netflix internationally, as it's only going to be on Paramount Plus — even though the service isn't global yet.

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

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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

Star Trek Discovery season 4 is the biggest exclusive on Paramount Plus at the moment. Picard season 2, one of the next big Paramount Plus shows, is taking off in February 2022. Q seems to be the main villain for the new season.

And while South Park the show isn't coming to Paramount plus, hour-long specials such as South Park Post Covid are.

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 by our count, so far, has been the iCarly revival.

The Offer, an original series based on the behind-the-scenes process of producing The Godfather, is on the table. A Halo TV series is also coming to 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. Those include Top Gun: Maverick, A Quiet Place 2 (coming on July 12) and Mission: Impossible 7. 

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. Paranormal Activity and Pet Sematary will also get Paramount Plus Original movies.

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

Paramount Plus commercial

A true squad assembled on the fictious Mount Paramount, to promote the streaming service launch in a big Super Bowl commercial. That means you've got everybody from Patrick Stewart to Dora the Explorer, from Stephen Colbert to Beavis and Butt-Head. Even Spongebob Squarepants and Jeff Probst showed up.

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 six-plus 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.