Paramount Plus Review

Paramount Plus Review – A Streaming TV Service Thats Worth it?

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Paramount plus was introduced to replace CBS All access. It’s one of the most popular streaming services that you can find in the market right now. However, many people usually lacks the right information and in many situations, ends up confusing Paramount Plus with CBS All access.

The company started as CBS All Access on October 28, 2014. However, it has recently rebranded to Paramount Plus on March 4, 2021 after both merged aimed at expansion. Paramount Plus is expanding to international markets especially in Latin America.

It already offers its services In Canada and Australia. Using this streaming service you get to enjoy a variety of various programs. Moreover, you are able to access a rotating library of the available films and classics. Though there is a rebrand that has already happened, the change to Paramount Plus is an upgrade of the CBS All Access. Therefore, when you upgrade to Paramount Plus you enjoy the programs the same as you did on CBS All Access.

CBS ALL ACCESS

There is an increasing trend of some traditional streaming services to separate their content with the aim of increasing their market share. They come up with dedicated video streaming services of their own to compete with their competitors such as Hulu or Netflix. On CBS All Access you can access programs such as Picard, The Good Fight, and Star Trek: Discovery, and The Twilight. The streaming services may include live sports streams and also local news coverage. Shows offered on CBS All Access suit the general audiences.

Best of ViacomCBS 

With CBS All Access subscription plan, one should be able to watch tons of past and current extensive CBS Catalog demands as well as some live content from CBS Channels. The programming can be streamed through ViacomCBS networks. They include BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian channel.

CBS Access’s on-demand streaming library includes dramas such as NCIS, Blue blood, and Elementary. There is also a comedy genre which includes; Big Bang Theory, Man with a plan, and Young Sheldon. Classic shows are also available and include Frasier, the Original Hawaii 5-O, The Originals, The twilight zone, and all the Old Star Trek series. They also have rebooted Magnum P.I and the FBI.

Pros

  • You can access live local news and sports broadcast.
  • The catalogs are huge and consist of the current and classic ViacomCBS shows
  • The pricing is competitive
  • They support many platforms

Cons

  • There is only a few exclusive and original content.
  • It does not have a 4K or HDR content.
  • Official downloads are restricted to commercial-free plan only

What TV shows and movies to watch

Current Programming

Using the service you can easily and conveniently watch current programs at a competitive price. Due to the recent acquisition, contents from networks such as BET, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon are now available. This was made possible by the merger and being under the larger ViacomCBS umbrella.

Exclusive content

Some of the exclusive series on CBS All Access include Star Trek. Fans can enjoy discovery, Lower Decks, Picard, short Treks, and its upcoming new season though it has not been titled yet. Others include Jordan Peele featured in The Twilight Zone, The Strange Angel, and Tell me a Story.

Classics

There are decades of classics that are a feature on CBS Library. They include THE Brandy Bunch, Cheers; I love Lucy and Rod Sterling’s The Twilight Zone. If you are a fan of David Lynch then Twin peaks are available for you. There are children’s shows that include Bob the Builder, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Inspector Gadget, and The adventures of Paddington bear. Those that appreciate old-school sci-fi, can take their time to enjoy Star Trek: The Original Series.

Movies

The library is decently packed with a variety of classic films and blockbuster new releases. These include 28 days later, American Beauty, Crash, Leon: The Professional, and The Adventure of Tintin. Many of the movies here can be accessed on HBO and Hulu.

Sports

This offers live streaming services. Using the app, you can be able to access CBS sports, HQ, CBSN, and ET Live24/7.Through CBS All Access app you can also stream NFL games. However, if you are not located in an area that carries a local CBS affiliate, then this service might not be necessary for you.

CBS Features

Users

It offers simultaneous and four streams. Simultaneous streaming is only available in the standard package while the premium package offers four streams. Although the option is not great, it is reasonable for the users.

Offline viewing

This is available in CBS All Access No-Ads plan. It permits users to download content for offline viewing. However, this is only available for the standard and premium packages. Moreover, only a few selected content can be downloaded to be watched offline and not all of them.

Paramount Plus: The replacement

Paramount plus uses a combined franchise and assets belonging to Viacom and CBS. Both companies merged in 2019 and offer more than 20,000 episodes of television and films from a variety of networks. They include BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures.

 

It is one of the best streaming services for people in the age group from 20 years to 40 years. This is a group of people who want to get nostalgic about their, youthful selection of TV channels. Paramount plus delivers films, dramas, news, cartoon, and comedies. Their content is original and it includes newly aired CBS broadcast properties and ViacomCBS library.

How Paramount Plus works

Paramount Plus was launched with an ad-supported plan that will cost less than $5.99 every year. You can as well get a Premium plan at $100 every year. The premium plan will include ad-free streaming for on-demand content and CBS playback. To use the service, you should easily create the Paramount Plus account and choose your subscription. Immediately after, you can watch your favorite content on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, Ps4, LG Smart TVs, Chromecast and many other devices.

Paramount Plus performance and quality

I expected Paramount plus to be the best streaming service. However, it has proven snappy during tests according to the results posted online and user comments. Most Paramount Plus users say that the service was snappy on an iPhone 12 Pro Max and Chromecast. The shows will most probably start moments after you hit Play.

Most of the content will feature in 1080p quality. The service offer some 4K content such as The Stand but there are many contents that you will be forced to watch in lower qualities.

Features included in Paramount Plus

  • You can be able to do a mobile download. However, it is limited to 25 shows downloads on your mobile device.
  • It supports 4K/HDR and Dolby vision premium visual formats and also some Smithsonian content. It is however important to note that it does not support Dolby Atoms currently.
  • One account allows you to create up to 6 profiles. The app allows you to keep recommendations and browsing history and you can also separate the programs among the household members.
  • It does not have a passcode for adult profiles and therefore your kid can scroll over and access your programs.

What is it like to use Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus looks pretty similar to other streaming services. At the top end, you can see few featured titles. Each has a separate tile for the network involved. They feature as CBS, BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian channels and if you are a CBS user, the interface is the same.

Under that, comes the breakdown of the program. They include continuing watching, trending shows, the recommended show, and ones that have been recently added. It comes with difference where there some that show the current program playing on your local network.

Below you come across a row of space. If you scroll over to the left side be, you find Search and Home tabs where you can search movies, TV shows, and news from the various brands. Therefore using this platform is overall simple and straightforward to use.

What devices can stream Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is available for streaming on Paramount Plus, command Paramount Plus mobile apps for iOS devices and Android devices. It also works well with Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire Tv, smart TVs, PlayStation, and Xbox among others.

Compatibility and quality

The app is available on various platforms. They include Apple Tv, iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, PlayStation, Xbox, Facebook Portal, and Xfinity. It can as well be accessed on Smart TVs ranging from Samsung, Vizio, to LG.

The content quality is catching up. Most of it streams at 1080p. However, some are already on 4K with HDR. These features however work only on very few devices.

Library

Here you will come across sheer content. However much of it is attributed to Viacom’s massive catalog through its cable programming rather than exclusive shows made of the same service.

Paramount Plus has an expanded catalog through merging ones on CBS Access, Viacom titles like comedy central, MTV and Nickelodeon. You can be able to access film from paramount pictures and documentaries from Smithsonian Channel.

Paramount Plus has also adopted CBS All Access shows such as Star Trek: Picard and Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot. There are other upcoming popular shows like Frasier and Rugrats and some new series that are based on the Halo Video game franchise.

On 2nd May, they will stream some new movies. You can come across some classics such as The Godfather, Indiana Jones, and Mission Impossible in this library. It has an event section that is dedicated to making it easier to follow any event that has passed once it has aired.

Interface

It uses the same interface as its predecessor CBS All Access. All the titles are sorted by genre, complete with episodes’ description, related recommendations, and upcoming trailers. Thus you are able to download the content easily and fast.

Advantages

  • Their prices are competitive. Its ad-supported plan goes for $6 per month while the ad-free plan goes for $10 per month. The yearly subscriptions are subsidized with the yearly ad-on plan going for$60 while the ad-free goes for $100.The ad-free plan is cheaper than its competitor thus you may want to give it a trial. However, if you do not like the interruption brought on by the ads, you can opt for the ads-free option which is slightly expensive.
  • New customers are offered a one-week trial period before they can make the annual or, monthly subscription which allows users to test whether the service meets their needs before committing any payment.
  • Paramount plus offers comparable values for the most popular platforms and therefore the thought of being frustrated because of a likelihood of paying for another service is minimal.
  • Live sports coverage
  • It allows simultaneous streaming
  • Excellent closed captions options
  • It supports offline downloads and 4K streaming

Drawbacks

  • You can only stream a handful of the program on 4k. The information is only available when one is selecting certain titles on selective devices. Thus you cannot find a specific 4K category hence there is difficulty in accessing all the 4K programs that are available at once.
  • Even if Paramount Plus supports surround sound, it can only be presented on icons that you can make clear on the selected devices.
  • It does not have a Watch Party feature that enables multiple streaming services to help viewers stream alongside family and friends.
  • The offline downloads and 4K streaming are only restricted to Premium tier
  • The local channels will only be offered to premium subscribers only

Paramount Plus shows, Movies and Documentaries

One of the main drawbacks of CBS All access is that it never competed perfectly with other movie streaming services especially when it comes to Movies and Documentaries. Paramount Plus being under Paramount pictures Studio which is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, you can expect more Paramount Plus shows, movies and Documentaries.

The movie Library on Paramount+ has more than 700 titles which is more than what was found on CBS ALL access. At the time of writing this review, the main movie and documentary titles are Fists of Fury, A series of Unfortunate events, Temple of Doom, Indiana Jones, Spy Kids, Game Over, The SpongeBob Movie, Generations, Last Crusade, The God Father, Sponge on the Run and many others.

Moving on, the service has many new documentaries including 76 days which talks about the Covid-19 pandemic, For Heaven’s Sake and Console Wars. You can watch others such as Sir Alex Ferguson and Never Give Up. There’s a whole new collection of Nature, Political and Historical documentaries that you will get access to.

Paramount Plus Sports and Live TV

It’s also very important to take time and review some additional features such as Sports coverage and Live TV. This is mainly because most people wants to make sure the service they have at hand gives them maximum entertainment.

CBS All Access was a good sports streaming option for Sports fanatics especially those on a Budget. It covered major sports including College Basketball, Golf and football. You could get access to NFL, PGA tour and the NCAA Men’s basketball Champions Coverage. Paramount Plus will cover more soccer including the National Women’s Soccer League, The UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, Liga Profesional de Futbol, UEFA Europa Conference League and many others.

Paramount Plus offers more soccer and sports streaming benefits than Peacock which mainly focuses on League matches and WWE PPV events. If you are one of the people that wants more of National Sports league coverage, you will be forced to pay for Live TV streaming service such as YouTube TV and FuboTV. Paramount Plus just like other streaming services offers Live TV streaming but only to the premium subscribers. This means that all premium subscribers can watch Prime-time shows including the CBS Network series and the 60 Minutes. If you are a regular subscriber, you will equally watch the 24-hour CBSN service.

Paramount+ cost

If you have been wandering what the Paramount plus price or how much you are going to pay for this service, this part will answer your question. The price will depend on whether you care about ads or not. You can actually get the ad-supported version of Paramount Plus at a cost lower than $5 every month. You will be expected to pay $4.99 every month.

This is actually lower than what CBS All Access charged for a plan with the same channels and features. Unluckily, the ad-supported plan will feature in June 2021. This plan will not include access to local CBS channels. Until June, Paramount Plus will only offer a $5.99 per month plan ad-supported that includes access to local CBS channels.

You will equally not be able to stream titles in 4K and download the content for offline watching. It, unfortunately, carries over from CBS All Access. But at least the users should be able to download titles for offline viewing. You should also note that the ads are for on-demand shows and not movies and TV series.

Furthermore, the service offers a Free 30 days trial. This means that someone can cancel the subscription before the end of 30 days. After the deal expires, you will only get a 7-day trial. Some streaming services are offering longer trials. The Paramount Plus premium tiers will cost $99 for the whole year or $9.99 per month. In this case, you will not have ads and it will also unlock higher-end streaming features.

Paramount Plus App design and User Interface

Paramount Plus app just like Hulu, HBO Max and Netflix Apps is very easy to use and offers a similar user Interface. If you choose to open the app on iPhone, you will get an option to select shows and genres that you like. This will help the app utilize its algorithms to offer you similar content. Surprisingly, Paramount Plus app offers offline downloads for free.

FAQS

Is Paramount plus the same as CBS All Access?

This is the streaming service that was formerly known as CBS All Access. It is a mix of streaming services that includes the past and the present. Similar to Netflix, it has a wide back catalog of familiar shows and some that are very recent and have been streamed recently. You can choose the cheap ad-supported plans or opt for the expensive ad-free plans.

Is CBS All Access the same as Paramount plus?

Due to the merger, CBS All Access has become Paramount Plus. It is an expansion of the same bringing on board more content and features.

What will Paramount plus offer?

The premium tier goes for$9.99 per month. It has limited commercials and exclusive access to 4k, Dolby Vision, and HDR Content. It has the ability to download and watch some 4K videos offline. You can get access to extra live sports coverage through CBS Local affiliates. It comes with a 7-day free trial period.

Is Paramount plus available on Amazon Prime?

Yes, indeed it is available on Amazon Prime video but only as a paid channel. If you want to subscribe to all of CBSA’s great offerings, then you should be able to subscribe to the paramount plus channel separately. This will give you unlimited access to all that they offer.

Bottom line

Being the latest entrant in the growing market of on-demand streaming services, Paramount Plus has succeeded in coming up with a multifaceted approach. This has presented the best of what CBS, Paramount, and Viacom have to offer. The paramount Plus catalog and the 50% discount on the annual plan-though it already expired-helped in convincing many to use the trial period. This has on the good side helped many remains subscribed as the quality of service offered is on another level. This is helping it to remain competitive and give its competitors a run for their money. I would recommend you try the plan and enjoy some of the shows that are now available.

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