Paramount+ has been getting a heavy dose of hype over the past few weeks. ViacomCBS released a slew of announcements about the service recently promoting everything from revivals to top-notch films coming to the new service/re-launched CBS All Access. The new service became needed when Viacom and CBS became an entity together thus making the CBS All Access name confusing and limiting.
Is this a service you need right now? That depends on what kind of programming you like and what other options you have available. Its exclusives at the moment are not the biggest part of the catalog. Star Trek Discovery and Star Trek Picard are of course exclusive to the streamer at the moment but the rest of the Star Trek franchise is findable on Netflix and other services. The service costs $4.99 with commercials and $9.99 without them. Another perk is that the more expensive version of the app allows users to stream their local CBS affiliate as well, though it appeared we were able to do this with the lower tier service this morning. Maybe this will change with an update.
At first glance, there is not a whole lot of difference between what CBS All Access was offering and what Paramount+ brings. Aside from a few new shows including a Real World reunion and drama For Heaven’s Sake. There is going to be a lot more on the way. But Paramount+ definitely went a different route than some of the other services at launch without a must-see show in the quiver at launch. It feels more like the next day of an existing service than the launch of something new.
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