In a Nutshell
- A large media library
- Full 7-day free trial
- User-friendly desktop and mobile apps
- Performance issues are common
- Customer service is average
Paramount+: Plans & Pricing
Best for those on a tight budget
Best for ad-free watching
Essential + SHOWTIME
Best for low-cost SHOWTIME access
Premium + SHOWTIME
The best of the best
Cost Per Month
How Much Does Paramount+ Cost?
The 2 stand-alone Paramount+ plans cost $4.99 and $9.99 per month respectively ($49.99 and $99.99 per year). These both provide full access to the Paramount+ library, although the cheaper Essential plan comes with built-in commercials. There’s also a 7-day free trial.
Both plans also provide access to any NFL games broadcast on CBS, along with the UEFA Champions League live streams. The Premium plan also provides access to your local CBS station via a live stream, which may have commercials.
There’s also a Paramount+ and SHOWTIME bundle that’s available with 2 subscription options. You can save up to 28% by subscribing to this rather than the 2 services separately. The cheaper Essentials plus SHOWTIME bundle comes in at $11.99 per month ($119.99 per year), while the more expensive Premium plus SHOWTIME plan costs $14.99 per month ($149.99 per year).
Paramount+ has similar prices to its main streaming competitors. For example, Netflix starts at $9.99 per month, the same as Paramount+’s ad-free plan, while Disney+ starts at a lower $7.99 per month.
There are no add-ons. Once you have a subscription, you will have access to the entire Paramount+ library and all features.
How Does Paramount+ Work?
To get started with Paramount+, you will need to create a new account. On the platform’s website, you can do this by clicking the Try It Free button and following the prompts. This may vary on other devices, but a full list of sign-up instructions is available here.
Note that you will need to enter payment information to access the 7-day free trial, so make sure you cancel your account before this expires if you don’t wish to continue with a subscription.
Once you’ve created an account, you can head to your app of choice and begin configuring your account. You can add shows and movies to the My List watchlist to watch later, and titles you’ve started without finishing are shown at the top of the main screen. You can also browse titles by category.
Paramount+’s mobile apps are similarly simple, with much the same design as the apps most other streaming services use. They enable you to download titles for later use (with a Premium plan), add titles to your watchlist, and of course, view movies and TV shows.
All Paramount+ subscriptions enable you to create up to 6 profiles, and there is a selection of parental controls that you can use to restrict access to certain content. You can also stream on 3 devices concurrently.
Is Paramount+ Reliable and Safe?
Paramount+ is a safe network that’s owned and run by media giant ViacomCBS. However, even a quick web search shows that it’s one of the lowest-rated streaming platforms on the market.
Help and Support
Paramount+ offers live support via email, phone, and social media. There’s also a built-in chatbot that you can use to help solve simple problems. Common problems have included slow response times.
On the plus side, there’s a decent Help Center with a nifty selection of self-help resources. These are cleverly categorized, and there’s a search bar that you can use to find resources relating to your exact question.
What About the Paramount+ App?
Like most major streaming services, Paramount+ offers mobile apps for both Android and iOS devices. Both provide full access to the platform’s entire media library, and there are loads of tools to boost the user experience.
At the bottom of the app, you will find 5 tabs that you can use to switch between areas. The Home tab presents a selection of suggested content, along with links to the content library of each of the platform’s main brands (including Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and CBS).
The Browse tab does exactly what you would expect it to, enabling you to browse movies and TV shows by genre—although these aren’t always categorized very well. The Live TV tab lets you watch CBS live (with a Premium subscription), the Search tab lets you search, and the More tab takes you to more features.
Overall, the app is attractive and easy to navigate.
Paramount+ has a tidy and intuitive user interface, there’s a load of unique content from channels including Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV, and its prices are more than affordable. If you want to try Paramount+, we’d encourage you to take advantage of the 7-day free trial to assess the platform for yourself.