Paramount Plus Review: Is it Worth the Cost?

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Everything you need about Paramount+. I’ll show you what you can see on Paramount Plus, as well as the prices and plans. Finally, I’ll help you decide whether Paramount Plus is worth your time.

What is Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus is a subscription-based premium video streaming platform that has replaced CBS All Access since March 2021. The service will still offer exclusive TV shows on-demand and a stream of local CBS stations. There is also an extensive library with other on-demand TV programs.

Tens of thousands of TV shows and movies, including those from CBS and BET, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, MTV, Paramount Pictures, Smithsonian Channel, and others.

CBS All Access Originals Series. Includes hits such as The Good Fight Star Trek Discovery: Picard, The Stand.

Original series and exclusive content brand new, including Kamp Koral from Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants along with the Paramount+ Original The Spongebob Movie – Sponge on the Run.

Paramount Pictures Movies

Live coverage of CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, CBSN, and ET Live is available through the Paamount+ Premium program.

Nickelodeon’s classic and brand-new shows.

Paramount Plus plans and prices

Paramount+ currently offers 2 subscription plans. One is the adless “Premium” plan at $9.99 per month and one that supports ads at $4.99 per mo. These plans were made available on June 7, 20,21. Paramount+ had a $5.99 plan. This plan has been discontinued by new subscribers. Subscribers who were on the plan before June 7th, 2021 may still be able to keep that plan, provided there is no interruption in the subscription.

Premium Plan

$9.99/month upon a 7 Day Free Trial

Paramount Plus Premium is $9.99/month. This plan provides thousands of on-demand TV shows, movies, and your local CBS affiliate. This plan has all of the following features:

There are thousands of episodes and movies.

NFL on CBS, top soccer like Serie A & more sports

Aside from living TV, no ads.

24/7 local and national news

Your local CBS station live

You can download your shows to view later

This plan covers everything that was previously available via CBS All Access. You will still be able to see commercials on CBS local TV stations’ live streams.

Essential Plan

$4.99/month After a 7 Day Free Trial

The Essential Plan includes all on-demand episodes and movies. However, you will only be able to view a limited number of ads. While you lose local CBS channels, you can still access the NFL Gameson CBS. This plan includes:

There are thousands of episodes and movies.

NFL on CBS & Champions League online

Ads of limited importance

24/7 National news

Paramount Plus plans come with no contracts. Paramount Plus can be canceled at any point. Paramount Plus offers a 7 Day Free Trial so you can experience the service for yourself.

Add Showtime

Showtime can be included in either Paramount+ or Paramount+ plans. Paramount+ can be combined with Showtime to get Paramount+. Showtime movies, original series, and Paramount+ movies can be accessed through the Paramount+ app. Showtime and Paramount+ costs are listed below.

Paramount+ essential and Showtime are $9.99 per month

Paramount+ premium and Showtime – $12.99/month

Are You able to watch Paramount Plus on multiple devices?

Paramount Plus can be watched on any supported device. Paramount Plus is only available on 3 streams at once. Paramount Plus can be installed on every device within your home. However, it is only possible to watch Paramount Plus from 3 devices at a time.

What Resolution does Paramount Plus Support for Video Resolution?Subscribers to $9.99 Commercial Free can watch Dolby Vision and 4K HDR episodes (HDR10) in Dolby Vision if enabled. Paramount Plus supports this video format on Amazon Fire TV (4K Stick, Cube), Android TV (6th Gen), and Apple TV 4KHDR (5th generation). Show pages will include badges to indicate that the show page contains HDR10 and/or DolbyVision enabled content.

What Quality Audio Does Paramount Plus Support?

Surround sound will be available for certain shows on Apple TV (3 or Later), Chromecast, and Android TV. These devices should be connected via HDMI and capable of decoding Dolby Audio.

Paramount Plus Device Support

Paramount Plus can now be viewed on Roku, Apple TV, and Xbox. The Paramount+ app can also be downloaded to Roku Player, Apple TV, and Xbox. You can stream from your mobile device by downloading the paramount+ application to iOS or Android. Paramount+ app is also available for Samsung, LG, Vizio smart TVs, and Xfinity Flex & X1 box.

Paramount Plus: What are you waiting for?

Here’s a list of all the television shows Paramount Plus will have.

Seasons Current of CBS Shows

For your favorite CBS TV shows, there is no need for a cable subscription. Paramount Plus will stream the newest episode of the current season to your living-room TV as soon as it airs. You can now watch the latest season on shows like Big Brother and NCIS. The service offers the flexibility to view CBS programming whenever you wish, while also offering original shows you won’t find anywhere else on CBS. Paramount Plus gives you the opportunity to catch local NFL games live on CBS.

CBS live to stream: Paramount+ Premium Plan subscribers have access to a live stream from their local CBS affiliate. Paramount Plus offers live content in more than 200 markets. CBS intends to expand that number. A list of these markets can be found in this article.

You can watch many shows on many different platforms. Paramount Plus allows you to access over 7500 episodes.

ViacomCBS Shows Streamed on Demand

Paramount Plus, which was launched in July 2020, added several shows from Viacom channels BET, Comedy Central MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel. Paramount Plus will soon be rebranded to Paramount+ due to the increased content. Paramount Plus offers some shows such as:

 All seasons of the TV series “Real Husbands of Hollywood,” including “Hit the Floor” plus all of the previous seasons of the TV series “Single Ladies”.

Comedy Central All season of “Chappelle’s Show,” “Strangers with Candy,” six previous seasons, and “Reno 911!”

MTV – All seasons: “Laguna Beach”, and “Snooki & Jwoww,” previous seasons: TEEN MOM 2; seasons of JERSEY SHORES: FAMILY VOCALATION and MTV FLORIBAMA SHORES; as well as a selection courtesy of THE CHALLENGE: “Beavis & BUTT-Head: The Mike Judge Collection” and many more

Nickelodeon: All seasons of Avatar, Last Airbender, and Rugrats plus all previous seasons of SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS. Also available are seasons of “Danny Phantom,” The Legend of Korra, and “Sam & Cat”.

Smithsonian ChannelMore than 60 episodes of Aerial America, seasons of Air Disasters, documentaries such “The Day We Walked on the Moon,” the Green Book Guide to Freedom,” the Assassination tapes “MLK,” the Pocahontas “Beyond the Myth,” and more

TV LANDand H1:Programming like “Hot in Cleveland,” and previous seasons of RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE and LOVE & HIIP HOPS and more

Paramount PicturesMore movie options are now available with over 150 films in total

Paramount+ – Original Content

Below is some of Paramount+’s original content.

The Offer, a scripted limited-event series about the remarkable story behind Paramount Television Studios’ iconic “The Godfather”, franchise.

Frasier: Frasier is back, with Kelsey Grammer reprising his role in Dr. Frasier Crane.

Lioness, a spy drama by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) was created with Nicole Kidman, David Glasser, and Jill Wagner as executive producers.

MTV presents Behind the Music in a new edition

BET’s programming features include The Game’s revival

The Real Criminal Minds is an investigative series about true crime based on the CBS Television series.

Kampkoral, a brand new series of original children’s programming from Nickelodeon and The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge on the Run.

Reno 911! The Hunt For QAnon, a special event in the hit comedy series, will take place

Avatar, a Nickelodeon animation studio that creates content inspired by Avatar’s popular world, The Last Airbender (and The Legend of Korra)

Halo: A original drama series based on the Xbox franchise, which portrays the conflict between humanity and the Covenant.

Star Trek: Strange New Worlds (which takes place in U.S.S.S. Enterprise before the original series. Christopher Pike & Mr. Spock.

A Yellowstone Prequel. Unfortunately, Yellowstone cannot be found on Paramount+. Find out how to see Yellowstone.

A Beavis & Butthead movie

A Workaholics Movie

Classic Shows Streamed

CBS owns more shows than you think. Paramount Plus, which allows you to stream classics such as Twin Peaks, Cheers and I Love Lucy, Wings, Taxi and many more is an option for those who are nostalgic. Many of the classic TV shows are free of ads.

Paramount Plus also allows you to see every Star Trek episode. Trekkies will appreciate the $9.99 per-month price. You can sign up for the service for a month and then binge on Trek before you have another craving.

Paramount Plus On-Demand has cut down the number of advertisements you’ll have to see as compared with watching CBS on satellite or cable television. The $9.99 a month commercial-free package is required if you want commercial-free viewing (aside from living CBS).

Big Brother Live Feeds

Many questions come up about streaming Big Brother Live Feeds. Paramount Plus includes every episode on demand of Big Brother starting with the first series. All-Access subscribers get access to behind-the-scenes Live Feeds content in their Paramount Plus Subscription. Paramount Plus subscribers are eligible to access Big Brother Livefeeds.

CBS Live Streaming

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Below are my answers to frequently asked questions regarding Paramount Plus live streaming.

Paramount Plus allows you to stream live sports online.

Paramount Plus also offers live streaming in some markets. Paramount Plus will also be able to stream NFL games, which are broadcast by CBS. Some sporting events may be unavailable due to licensing restrictions.

If you’re interested, I wrote an in-depth article about How to Watch Sports Without Cable.

Which Cities Offer CBS Live Streaming

CBS Help indicates that Paramount Plus Premium subscribers have access to live streaming of local CBS channels in 99% of U.S. television markets. Paramount Plus provides live streaming at these 206 locations:

Abilene / Sweetwater, TX (KTAB)

Albany, GA

Albany / Schenectady NY, (WRGB).

Albuquerque / Santa Fe, NM (KRQE)

Alexandria, LA (KALB)

Amarillo, TX (KFDA)

Anchorage, AK (KTVA)

Atlanta, GA

Augusta, GA / Aiken, SC (WRDW)

Austin, TX, (KEYE)

Bakersfield, CA (KBAK)

Baltimore, MD (WJZ)

Bangor, ME. (WABI).

Baton Rouge, LA (WAFB)

Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX (KFDM)

Bend, OR (KBNZ)

Birmingham, AL

Binghamton, NY (WBNG)

Billings, MT (KTVQ)

Biloxi / Gulfport, MS (WLOX)

Bluefield/ Beckley/ Oak Hill WV (WVNS).

Boise, ID (KBOI)

Boston, MA / Manchester NH – (WBZ).

Bowling Green, KY (WNKY)

Bryan / College Station (KBTX)

Buffalo, NY (WIVB)

Burlington-Plattsburgh, NY (WCAX)

Butte, MT (KXLF)

Cedar Rapids / Waterloo / Iowa City / Dubuque, IA (KGAN)

Champaign & Springfield / Decatur IL (WCIA).

Charleston/Huntington, WV (WOWK).

Charleston, SC

Charlotte, NC (WBTV).

Charlottesville, VA (WCAV)

Chattanooga TN, (WDEF)

Cheyenne / Scottsbluff, WY (KGWN)

Chicago, IL.

Chico / Redding CA (KHSL).

Cincinnati, OH (WKRC)

Clarksburg / Weston WV, (WDTV)

Cleveland / Akron [Canton], OH, (WOIO)

Colorado Springs / Pueblo, CO (KKTV)

Columbia / Jefferson City, MO (KRCG)

Columbia, SC (WLTX).

Columbus, GA / Opelika, AL (WRBL)

Columbus, OH.

Columbus / Tupelo, MS (WCBI)

Corpus-Christi, TX (KZTV)

Dallas / Ft. Worth, TX (KTVT)

Davenport IA; Rock Island / Moline IL (WHBF).

Dayton, OH – (WHIO)

Denver, CO (KCNC)

Des Moines / Ames, IA (KCCI)

Dothan, AL (WTVY).

Duluth-Superior, MN (KBJR)

Elmira (Corning), NY (WENY)

El Paso (Las Cruces), TX (KDBC)

Erie (PA)

Eugene (Coos Bay/Roseburg), OR (KVAL)

Eureka, CA (KVIQ)

Evansville, IN (WEVV)

Fairbanks, AK (KXDF)

Fargo / Valley C

Fort Myers / Naples, FL (WINK)

Fort Smith / Fayetteville/ Springdale/ Rogers, AR, KFSM

Fort Wayne (IN)

Freeport, IL. (WIFR).

Fresno / Visilia, CA (KGPE)

Gainesville, FL (WGFL)

Grand Junction/Montrose, CO, KREX

Grand Rapids/ Kalamazoo/ Battle Creek (MI) (WWMT).

Great Falls, MT (KRTV)

Green Bay / Appleton WI (WFRV).

Greensboro/High Point/Winston Salem, NC (WFMY).

Greenville/New Bern/Washington NC, (WNCT).

Greenville /Spartansburg, SC / Ashville, NC (WSPA)

Greenwood-Greenville, MS (WXVT)

Harlingen / Weslaco / Brownsville / McAllen, TX (KVEO)

Harrisonburg, VA (WSVF–CD).

Harrisburg / Lancaster / Lebanon / York, PA (WHP)

Hartford / New Haven, CT (WFSB)

Hattiesburg / Laurel, MS (WHLT)

Honolulu, HI (KGMB)

Houston, TX (KHOU)

Huntsville / Decatur / Florence, AL (WHNT)

Idaho Falls/Pocatello, ID/Jackson, WY (KIDK)

Indianapolis / Kokomo, IN (WTTV)

Jackson, MS. (WJTV).

Jackson, TN.

Jacksonville, FL (WJAX)

Johnstown/Altoona / State College (WTAJ), PA

Jonesboro, AR (KJNB)

Joplin, MO / Pittsburg, KS (KOAM)

Juneau (Sitka/Ketchikan), AK (KTVA)

Kansas City, MO (KCTV)

Knoxville, TN – WVLT

La Crosse-Eau Claire, WI (WKBT)

Lafayette, IN

Lafayette, LA (KLFY)

Lake Charles, LA (KSWL-LD)

Lansing MI (WLNS).

Laredo, TX (KYLX)

Las Vegas, NV (KLAS)

Lexington / Hazard, KY (WKYT)

Lexington, KY

Lima, OH (WOHL-CD)Little Rock / Pine Bluff, AR (KTHV)

Lincoln / Hastings / Kearney NE, Grand Island – KOLN

Los Angeles, CA (KCBS)

Louisville, KY (WLKY)

Lubbock, TX (KLBK)

Macon, GA (WMAZ)

Madison, WI (WISC).

Mankato MN (KEYC).

Marquette/ Escanaba MI (WJMN).

Medford / Klamath Falls, OR (KTVL)

Memphis, TN – (WREG).

Meridian, MS

Miami / Ft. Lauderdale, FL (WFOR)Milwaukee, WI (WDJT)

Minneapolis / St. Paul MN (WCCO).

Minot / Bismarck, ND (KXMC)

Missoula, MT (KPAX)

Mobile, AL / Pensacola, FL (WKRG)

Monroe, LA / El Dorado, AR (KNOE)

Monterey-Salinas, CA (KION)

Montgomery / Selma AL (WAKA).

Myrtle Beach / Florence, SC (WBTW)

Nashville, TN (WTVF)

New Orleans, LA (WWL).

New York (WCBS).

Norfolk / Portsmouth/ Newport News, VA, WTKR

North Platte, NE (NPL)

Odessa / Midland, TX (KOSA)

Oklahoma City, OK (KWTV)

Omaha, NE (KMTV)

Orlando / Daytona Beach / Melbourne, FL (WKMG)

Ottumwa, IA / Kirksville, MO (KTVO)

Paducah-Cape Girard-Harsbg, GA (KFVS)

Palm Springs, CA (KPSP)

Panama City, FL (WECP-LD)

Parkersburg, WV

Peoria / Bloomington IL, (WMBD).

Philadelphia, PA (KYW)

Phoenix (Prescott), AZ (KPHO)

Pittsburgh, PA (KDKA)

Portland, ME (WGME).

Portland, OR (KOIN)

Presque Isle, ME (WAGM)

Providence / New Bedford RI (WPRI).

Quincy, IL / Hannibal, MO / Keokuk, IA (KHQA)

Raleigh / Durham – Fayetteville (NC (WNCN)

Rapid City, SD (KCLO)

Reno, NV (KTVN)

Richmond/Petersburg (WTVR).

Roanoke / Lynchburg (WDBJ)

Rochester, MN / Mason City, IA / Austin, MN (KIMT)

Rochester, NY. (WROC).

St. Joseph, MO (KCJO-LD)

Sacramento / Stockton / Modesto, CA (KOVR)

Saint Louis, MO (KMOV)

Salisbury MD (WBOC).

Salt Lake City, UT (KUTV)

San Angelo, TX (KLST)

San Antonio, TX (KENS)

San Diego, CA (KFMB)

San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose, CA (KPIX).

Santa Barbara, CA (KCOY)

Savannah, GA (WTOC)

Seattle / Tacoma, WA (KIRO)

Sherman, TX / Ada, OK (KXII)

Shreveport, LA (KSLA)

Sioux City, IA (KMEG)

Sioux Falls / Mitchell, SD (KELO)

South Bend / Elkhart IN (WSBT).

Spokane WA (KREM).

Springfield / Holyoke MA (WSHM).

Springfield, MO (KOLR)

Syracuse, NY (WTVH)

Tallahassee, FL / Thomasville, GA (WCTV)

Tampa /St. Tampa /St. Petersburg, FL (WTSP).

Terre Haute, IN (WTHI)

Toledo, OH (WTOL)

Topeka in Kansas (WIBW).

Traverse City, MI (WWTV).

Tri-Cities TN / Johnson City VA (WJHL).

Tucson (Sierra Vista), AZ (KOLD)

Tulsa, OK (KOTV)

Twin Falls, ID (KMVT)

Tyler / Longview, TX (KYTX)

Utica, NY (WKTV).

Waco / Temple / Bryan, TX (KWTX)

Watertown, NY(WWNY)

Wausau / Rhinelander, WI (WSAW)

West Palm Beach / Ft. Pierce, FL (WPEC)

Wheeling / Steubenville OH, (WTRF).

Wichita / Hutchinson Plus, KS (KWCH)

Wichita Falls, TX / Lawton, OK (KAUZ)

Wilkes Barre / Scranton, PA (WYOU)

Wilmington, NC (WWAY)

Yakima / Pasco / Ricchland / Kennewick, WA (KIMA)

Youngstown, OH (WKBN)

Yuma, AZ / El Centro, CA (KYMA)

Paramount Plus is worth the investment

Paramount Plus has proved it can produce high-quality premium television, such as Star Trek: Discovery. The streaming service is also available for people who want content from ViacomCBS Networks (BET, Comedy Central, or Nickelodeon), Paramount Pictures, and Smithsonian Channel. Paramount Plus will be a welcome addition to the library of popular shows from these networks. Paramount+ will add new, exclusive content to enhance the services’ value.

Paramount Plus could be the perfect solution if you do not have a TV antenna but live in one or more of the live markets. Combining it with Hulu’s streaming library ($5.99/month), you can get On-Demand access to many shows on cable TV and network channels.

CBS.com has current episodes. You can watch the episodes on your browser only. You can also request new episodes to be available on your mobile phone by waiting for a 5 day delay. However, if you’re unable to wait or you want to stream content to your TV via Roku or any other streaming device then you might consider purchasing the service.

Paramount Plus can be worth the investment for anyone looking to catch next-day CBS Prime Time programming without an antenna. It’s also worth the money for those who are interested in accessing ViacomeCBS’ archive on demand. If you don’t feel like this is for you, it may disappoint. It’s free to sign up and you can try it for free. The streaming service is also very affordable after the free trial. Paramount Plus is a complete package, so I’d give it 4/5 stars.

Sign up now for a Paramount Plus Free Trial

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