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Paramount Plus: apps, devices, free trial, launch time, shows and what we know

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In March 2021 CBS All Access was rebranded as Paramount Plus, continuing as the platform home to CBS Entertainment Group's library of content while also introducing original content, such as the iCarly revival and Yellowstone prequel-1883.

Also the place to live stream NFL, Paramount Plus is already brimming with over 30,000 hours of movies and TV shows, and has amassed more than 39.6 million subscribers, now available in Latin America, Canada, and Australia, with plans to become a more global platform. It's soon to arrive in the UK, following on from its arrival in South Korea, with the hope of taking much of Europe by storm before 2022 is out.

The Paramount Plus app also features dedicated hubs to ViacomCBS’ various owned content arms - Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, BET and The Smithsonian Channel.

But is it the streaming service for you? Below we’ll tell you everything we know about Paramount Plus, including whether it has a free trial, which shows are coming to the service and which devices are compatible with the service’s app.

When will Paramount Plus arrive where I am?

As of early 2022, Paramount Plus is available in the US, Latin America, Canada, Australia, and Nordic countries like Norway, Sweden, and Finland. On June 22, Paramount Plus also launched in the UK,

It will continue to expand across Europe to the likes of Germany, Italy, and other parts of Europe this year. Late 2022 will see its arrival in France and the Caribbean, with 2023 scheduled for its expansion across Africa and Asia.

Is there a free trial for new Paramount Plus subscribers?

For those looking for a Paramount Plus free trial, head to our guide where you can learn about how new subscribers can enjoy a free trial and for how long.

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is the rebranded platform of CBS All Access service. Outside the US, most countries don't have CBS All Access, meaning ViacomCBS has little in the way of a streaming footprint. So, while the rebranding part is important for US customers, the global ambition is what matters here on a wider level. 

The aim is to draw on a deeper well of content from the parent company's portfolio, with a library of older shows and movies alongside a selection of originals. CBS All Access featured news and sports content, like UEFA matches – whatever US customers enjoyed on CBS All Access now forms a key part of Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus features over 30,000 episodes of TV shows and 2,500 movies, as well as a whole host of original shows to get stuck into.

Internationally, the content will vary depending on current licensing deals. For example, Amazon has the rights to show Star Trek: Picard outside the US as it stands – so don't expect to see an identical library globally, at least at first.

Paramount Plus cost: How much are plans?

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This is how Paramount explains the difference in pricing tiers. (Image credit: Paramount Plus)

The Paramount Plus price is $4.99 with ads (opens in new tab) or $9.99 per month without ads (opens in new tab).

Both tiers will feature the same selection of on-demand originals and library content, but the difference is access to local CBS stations – that's exclusive to the higher tier. You also get live CBS TV and more sports through the higher tier option. The image above breaks it all down.

The premium plan also offers the option to download your shows and watch them offline.

You can also choose to sign up to an annual plan to save 16% (opens in new tab), making the essential plan $4.17 a month and the premium $8.33.

More recently, Paramount Plus has introduced a bundle deal which throws in Showtime from just $11.99 a month, giving you access to the likes of Yellowjackets, Billions, and reboot Dexter: New Blood.

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Paramount Plus apps: which devices are compatible?

Paramount Plus is available on the following supported devices, according to this help page (opens in new tab):

  • Apple TV ('Supported versions' on 4th Gen and 4K)
  • iPhone and iPad (iOS 11+)
  • Android TV (including Nvidia Shield, Sony Bravia TVs from 2015 onwards, Hisense Android TVs, TCL 3-Series Smart TVs)
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV (including Fire Stick and Fire Cube)
  • Portal TV
  • PS4
  • Samsung TV
  • Vizio TV
  • LG TV
  • Roku (most models)
  • Xbox Series S and X
  • Xfinity Flex
  • Web browsers: Chrome, Safari (Max OS X 10.10+) and Microsoft Edge

Paramount Plus shows and originals

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Flagship CBS All Access original Star Trek Discovery season 4 will release on Paramount Plus. (Image credit: Netflix)

Promising "live sports, breaking news, and a mountain of entertainment", Paramount Plus is already brimming with fantastic TV shows, movies and live coverage, including exclusive, original shows like Yellowstone prequel, 1883, Mayor of Kingstown, Star Trek Discovery, and Clifford the Big Read Dog.

In 2022, you can also expect the arrival of Halo, based on the popular games of the same name, which feels like the closest the service has to a massive The Mandalorian-type show. Fraiser fans can also look forward to its revival arriving on the platform at some point this year. The Yellowstone-verse will continue to expand with a second spin-off, 6666, also in the works.

Sports on the service include UEFA soccer, PGA golf, NFL, NCAA basketball, The Masters and National Women's Soccer League.

In terms of movies, your kids will be pleased with the likes of Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run exclusive to the service. The same goes for Star Trek and Indiana Jones movies, which were available at launch.

Paramount Plus has also made a deal to be the streaming home of MGM's new movies, like No Time To Die, House of Gucci and Creed 3, after they've made their paid TV debut. 

Other future movies, meanwhile, will arrive after their theatrical runs or pay TV runs, like Top Gun: Maverick, Sonic the Hedgehog 2, Transformers 7, Dungeons and Dragons and Scream, among others.

Samuel is a PR Manager at game developer Frontier. Formerly TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor, he's an expert in Marvel, Star Wars, Netflix shows and general streaming stuff. Before his stint at TechRadar, he spent six years at PC Gamer. Samuel is also the co-host of the popular Back Page podcast, in which he details the trials and tribulations of being a games magazine editor – and attempts to justify his impulsive eBay games buying binges.