Type of site
|OTT video streaming platform|
|Available in||English, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish|
|Predecessor(s)||CBS All Access (2014–2021)|
10 All Access (Australia) (2018–2021)
|Headquarters||New York City, |
|Registration||Monthly subscription required to access content|
|Users||48.0 million (as of November 17, 2021[update]) (Combined total of all ViacomCBS streaming services)|
|Launched||October 28, 2014|
(as CBS All Access)
March 4, 2021
Paramount+ is an American subscription video on-demand over-the-top streaming service owned and operated by ViacomCBS Streaming, a division of ViacomCBS. It offers original and library content from the CBS Entertainment Group and ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks broadcast properties, as well as the Paramount Pictures library. Originally launched as CBS All Access on October 28, 2014 (10 All Access in Australia), the service was expanded and rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4, 2021, following the 2019 re-merger of CBS and Viacom.
Paramount+ expanded to international markets, starting with Latin America and the already existing Canadian service, on the day it rebranded. Nordic countries followed on on March 25 and Australia on August 11. Content from ViacomCBS' free-to-air Network 10 is also available on the Australian version of the service.
Beginnings as CBS All Access
CBS All Access was launched on October 28, 2014, priced at US$5.99 per month with advertising and $9.99 per month without. Announced on October 16, 2014, as the first over-the-top (OTT) offering by an American broadcast television network, the service initially encompassed the network's existing streaming portal at CBS.com and its mobile app for smartphones and tablet computers; CBS All Access became available on Roku on April 7, 2015, and on Chromecast on May 14, 2015. In addition to providing full-length episodes of past and present of CBS programs, the service allows live programming streams of local CBS affiliates in 194 markets reaching 92% of the United States (including stations owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Hearst Television, Tegna Media, Nexstar Media Group, Meredith Corporation, Griffin Communications, Gray Television, Weigel Broadcasting and Cox Media Group and the launch group of CBS Television Stations), including SEC sports and the NFL; however due to the absence of streaming rights, a few sports events are not streamed on the service (mainly involving PGA Tour events, some locally programmed NFL preseason games, and select brokered shows through CBS Sports Spectacular), along with limited syndicated and paid programming where only a local broadcast license to carry the program is allowed and web airing rights are retained by the syndicator or infomercial producer. By the very nature of its being live, streaming of a local affiliate does include all advertising, even with the commercial-free plan.
On December 1, 2016, CBS announced an agreement with the NFL to allow clearance of regional NFL games carried by CBS on CBS All Access from Week 13 of the 2016 NFL season on. At the time, the games were blacked out on non–Verizon Wireless mobile devices due to that provider's exclusivity agreement as part of their "official wireless provider" sponsorship of the league. In the 2018 NFL season, a new agreement with Verizon ending that exclusivity began to allow CBS All Access to stream games to all mobile devices; Super Bowl games run on CBS All Access without the need for any authentication.
As of February 2017,[update] the service had nearly 1.5 million subscribers. In August of the same year, CBS unveiled plans to expand CBS All Access to markets outside the United States. Canada was announced as the first international market to receive the service. Plans to launch in Australia quickly followed, resulting from CBS's purchase of free-to-air broadcaster Network 10.
In September 2017, Star Trek: Discovery debuted on streaming on CBS, and they also recorded a record number of sign-ups after this. The records were the greatest number of single day, week, and monthly sign-up records since the streaming network's inception. They reported the previous single-day record was held by the 2017 Grammy award ceremony coverage. CBS was noted as harnessing the Star Trek fanbase which was willing to get the service just to see the series.
Buoyed by Star Trek: Discovery, CBS All Access reached over 2 million subscribers by early 2018. The 60th Annual Grammy Awards also provided a boost to sign-ups, marking the second largest day for new subscriptions after the Discovery premiere. In April 2018, CBS All Access was made available outside the United States for the first time when it was launched in Canada.
The service launched in Australia in December 2018 as 10 All Access. It operates alongside 10's free catch up and live streaming service 10 Play and contains a mixture of Network 10 and CBS programming. CBS shows are made available on All Access prior to being broadcast on 10's channels. 10 All Access is commercial-free and, unlike CBS All Access, has only one pricing tier.
In January 2019, CBS reported its largest increase in subscribers over a weekend—a 72% increase over the premiere of Discovery, crediting the premiere of season 2 of the series and that week's AFC Championship Game (which also brought the service its largest streaming audience for a football game). Super Bowl LIII would surpass this record only a few weeks later, with CBS reporting an 84% increase in new subscribers.
Re-merger of CBS and Viacom
On November 25, 2019, as part of the re-merger between CBS Corporation and Viacom, CBS All Access announced the inclusion of programming from Nickelodeon, as part of the wider launch of children's programming on the service, with other partners including Boat Rocker Studios and WildBrain.
On February 6, 2020, CNBC reported that ViacomCBS was in discussions to launch a larger premium streaming offering, combining CBS All Access with content from Paramount Pictures, the Domestic Media Networks division, and Pluto TV. The service would include an ad-free tier, and a premium tier that includes Showtime's streaming service. The company would maintain its existing streaming platforms, while marketing the new service to users of these other services. ViacomCBS partially outlined these plans in a corporate earnings call on February 20, 2020, stating that the expanded All Access service would take a "house of brands" approach to content and serve as a mid-tier offering complementing Pluto TV (which would remain a free service) and the Showtime OTT service by "adding a broad pay offering, built on [All Access's] foundation." The expanded service will include content from MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, and Smithsonian Channel, as well as a library of 30,000 television series episodes and up to 1,000 film titles from Paramount's film and television divisions and CBS Media Ventures, and expanded live news and sports offerings. No pricing plan or firm dates for content expansion were disclosed, though a "soft [re]launch" will occur later in 2020. ViacomCBS will also continue to license its TV and film content to competing streaming platforms.
On May 7, 2020, CBS All Access began adding more films to the service, starting with more than 100 from Paramount Pictures, and ViacomCBS announced that CBS All Access will expand internationally within twelve months. On July 30, 2020, CBS All Access added several shows from ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks, introduced a new user interface with "hubs" for different brands, and revealed that Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years (previously planned to air on Nickelodeon) would debut on the service in 2021. With the expansion, it was also announced that the service would rebrand in early-2021 to separate itself from CBS's platforms, and that there were plans to add multiple user profiles and parental controls later in 2020.
Relaunch as Paramount+
On September 15, 2020, it was announced that CBS All Access would rebrand as Paramount+ in 2021, and that it planned to perform more international expansion under the new name. ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish stated Paramount was "an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling". Several new series were also announced for the service, including true crime series The Real Criminal Minds, MTV's Behind the Music – The Top 40, a revival of the BET series The Game, Taylor Sheridan's Lioness, and The Offer — a drama based on Albert S. Ruddy's experiences filming The Godfather.
On January 19, 2021, it was announced that Paramount+ would launch on March 4, 2021, with information being released on February 24, 2021 during an investor event. The company announced that no updates will be provided for apps on second or third generation Apple TV once the service relaunches. ViacomCBS announced during their investor event on February 24 that Paramount+ would premiere new 2021 theatrical releases from Paramount Pictures (such as A Quiet Place Part II, and Top Gun: Maverick) 45 days after their theatrical release, PAW Patrol: The Movie and Clifford the Big Red Dog received simultaneous theatrical and Paramount+ releases on August 20 and November 10, 2021 respectively, while other future theatrical releases from Paramount would premiere on the service either after their theatrical run or after their run on Epix (which reached a new deal with ViacomCBS that same day to provide content for Paramount+, allowing recent releases from Paramount to be available on the service among other titles).
The relaunch occurred as announced on March 4, 2021, with additional streaming content being launched and further rebranding efforts taking place at that time. ViacomCBS has decided to shut down the standalone version of Paramount Plus streaming service and Paramount Network Channel in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, less than a year after launching the streamer in the Nordics, and will merge it with the new SkyShowtime service coming in 2022.
|Over 100,000||Early 2015|||
|Around 1.2 million||December 2016|||
|Nearly 1.5 million||February 2017|||
|Over 2 million||Early 2018|||
|2.5 million||August 2018|
|4 million||February 2019|||
|Around 8 million||December 2020|||
In 2021, the company ViacomCBS issued a press release that revealed the combined number of subscribers to both CBS All Access and Showtime (another streaming product). That press release revealed that the two streaming services had a combined 19.2 million US subscribers, though the release did not provide individual numbers for either service. In May 2021, ViacomCBS reported to have gained 6 million subscribers during the first quarter of 2021. This brought the total number of global subscribers for ViacomCBS streaming platforms (Paramount+, Showtime, BET+) to 36 million. Out of the 36 million subscribers, a majority of these subscribers are subscribed to Paramount+; however, the exact number of subscribers has not been released.
On November 2, 2015, it was announced that the first CBS All Access original series would be a new Star Trek series in 2017, which is set in the original Star Trek universe. The first season of Star Trek: Discovery consisted of 15 episodes.
On May 18, 2016, it was announced that The Good Wife would get a spin-off featuring Christine Baranski's character Diane Lockhart. The series, titled The Good Fight, launched with a CBS broadcast premiere on February 19, 2017, with the remaining nine episodes exclusive to CBS All Access. The series became the first original drama on the platform when the Star Trek series premiere was delayed until the fall of 2017.
On August 2, 2016, the announcement was made that an online version of Big Brother would air on CBS All Access in the fall of 2016. The announcement marked the first CBS television series set to air exclusively on the platform. It is also expected to be the first reality game show set to air exclusively on any streaming platform. On August 10, 2016, CBS announced that Julie Chen Moonves would continue to serve as host, and then revealed the season to be called Big Brother: Over the Top.
In February 2019, CBS All Access announced they were planning a show based on the Star Trek: The Next Generation character Captain Jean-Luc Picard, to air before the end of the year. The series was later announced as Star Trek: Picard and premiered on January 23, 2020. Other original shows in development included a project with Michelle Yeoh, as well as the continuation of existing shows such as Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and The Twilight Zone.
As part of CBS All Access's expansion, The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run and Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years debuted when the service rebranded on March 4, 2021. Sponge on the Run was also made available to rent on demand on the same day.
The Halo television series, based on the Xbox video game franchise, will be a Paramount+ exclusive premiering in the first quarter of 2022 as announced during a ViacomCBS streaming event on February 25, 2021. ViacomCBS also announced that Paramount+ would house new content based on several classic properties, including Flashdance, Frasier, iCarly, Beavis and Butt-Head, Reno 911! (in the latter case, a second new home, as the show had previously restarted on the short-lived Quibi service), and more.
In August 2021, ViacomCBS extended the contract with South Park creators, Trey Parker and Matt Stone, not just to extend the series until Season 30 by 2027, but also to produce 14 new films exclusively for Paramount+. Two of the films will be released every year, starting with the first two later in the year.
Paramount+ also carries sports programming, in conjunction with CBS Sports. In November 2019, CBS announced that it had acquired streaming rights in the United States to the UEFA Champions League and Europa League in European soccer, replacing Turner Sports. All matches will stream on the service, with selected matches on the broadcast network and CBS Sports Network. The contract was initially to begin in the 2021–22 season and last through 2023–24. However, during a suspension of the 2019–20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, existing rightsholder Turner Sports opted out of its contract, and CBS took over the rights early for its remaining seasons.
The service has picked up other domestic and international soccer events as well, including the National Women's Soccer League (NWSL), CONCACAF Nations League, Women's Nations League, and 2022 CONCACAF Women's Championship, the Argentine Primera División, Brazilian Série A, and Italy's Serie A. As part of the NFL's rights renewal with CBS, Paramount+ gains expanded rights to stream games on both its premium and ad-supported tiers between 2021 and 2033.
Current broadcasting rights
|National Football League||CBS||2016–; 2024, 2028, 2032||United States||Sunday-afternoon games from American Football Conference including the championship games, divisional playoff games, wild card games, and several Super Bowls.|
|College Football on CBS Sports||CBS||2021-2024||United States|
|NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament||CBS||20–||United States||March Madness streamed|
|Big3 Basketball||CBS, CBS Sports Network||2019–||United States|
|The Masters||CBS||2021–||United States|
|PGA Championship||CBS||2021–||United States|
|PGA Tour||CBS||2021–||United States|
|Hockey East||NESN||2019–||United States|
|UEFA Champions League||CBS Sports Network||2020–||United States||Every match live|
|UEFA Europa League||CBS Sports Network||2020–||United States||Every match live|
|UEFA Europa Conference League||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||Every match live|
|National Women's Soccer League||CBS Sports Network||2020–||United States||Most games streamed. All others aired on CBS Sports Network. 87 games broadcast in total.|
|CONCACAF||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||More than 200 Concacaf national team matches live, including at least 80 Concacaf Women's World Cup Qualifying matches and more than 100 Concacaf Women's Nations League contests|
|Serie A||CBS Sports Network||2021-||United States||All 380 matches streamed|
|Coppa Italia||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||25 matches streamed including selected knockout rounds, and the Supercoppa Italiana match each year between the winners of Serie A and Coppa Italia.|
|Argentine Primera División||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||All matches streamed|
|Campeonato Brasileiro Série A||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||All matches streamed|
|Scottish Premiership||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||Streaming rights|
|Scottish Championship||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||Streaming rights|
|Scottish League Cup||CBS Sports Network||2021–||United States||Streaming rights|
|A-League Men||Network 10||2021–||Australia||Every match live|
|A-League Women||Network 10||2021–||Australia||Every match live|
|Socceroos Internationals||Network 10||2021–||Australia|
|Matildas Internationals||Network 10||2021–||Australia|
|FFA Cup||Network 10||2021–||Australia||Games from Round 32 onwards, including the Round of 16, Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals and the FFA Cup Final|
|FA Cup||Network 10||2021–||Australia||Games from the First Round Proper onwards live and exclusive|
|U23 Men's Friendly Internationals||Network 10||2021–||Australia||Home Games|
|Socceroos FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifier||Network 10||2021–||Australia||Round 2 games|
|AFC Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only|
|2022 AFC Women's Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only|
|AFC U-23 Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only 2022 & 2024|
|Olympic Qualifying Tournament||Network 10||2021–||Australia||AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Final Round) for Paris Olympics 2024|
|AFC U-20 Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only 2023|
|AFC U-17 Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only 2023|
|AFC U-20 Women's Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only 2022 & 2024|
|AFC U-17 Women's Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only 2022 & 2024|
|AFC Futsal Asian Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2021–||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||Finals Only 2022 & 2024|
|AFC Solidarity Cup||Network 10, CBS Sports Network||2024||Australia, United States, Canada, Bermuda||2024 Event|
|2022 World Games||CBS, CBS Sports Network||2022||United States||One hour highlights package each day streamed|
Syndicated and archived programming
The most recent episodes of CBS's shows are usually made available on CBS.com and Paramount+ the day after their original broadcast.
Paramount+ provides complete back catalogs of most of its current series, including full-season "stacking rights" (with the exception of certain series, such as The Big Bang Theory, which CBS held only "last five" episode rights during its original run, as Warner Bros. retains all other rights as the show's distributor), as well as a wide selection of episodes of classic series from the CBS Media Ventures program library – including shows previously owned by the original Paramount Television made for both CBS and other networks prior to CBS's acquisition of its program library through the CBS-Viacom split (including the complete episode catalog of shows like Star Trek, Cheers, MacGyver, Twin Peaks and CSI: Miami), along with the pre-1973 NBC and ABC libraries to subscribers of the service. Paramount+ also carries behind-the-scenes features from CBS programs and special events, and (beginning with the 17th season in June 2015) live feeds and special content from the reality series Big Brother.
In mid-April 2017, a limited library of films, made up of content from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Sony Pictures, The Samuel Goldwyn Company and CBS Films, was made available on the service. This includes several titles in the Star Trek film series. On May 7, 2020, CBS All Access added more than 100 films from Paramount Pictures; more films were added in the coming months.
In August 2019, CBS All Access expanded into children's broadcasting by acquiring the U.S. broadcast rights to Danger Mouse (1981) (as well as the reboot of the series), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, and several other series from WildBrain including Inspector Gadget (and Inspector Gadget's Field Trip), Bob the Builder (original and reboot), Polly Pocket and others. On July 30, 2020, CBS All Access added 56 shows from ViacomCBS Domestic Media Networks.
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CBS All Access was first launched in the United States on October 28, 2014. The service would receive its first International expansion on April 23, 2018, when CBS All Access expanded to Canada. Australia received its own version of the service, named 10 All Access, on December 4, 2018.
In August 2020, ViacomCBS announced plans to launch an expanded international streaming service using the CBS All Access technical architecture, but under the new Paramount+ name (revealed in September) in 2021; the Paramount+ name would also be applied to the American replacement to CBS All Access. The service features original programming from CBS All Access as well as Showtime, plus additional programming including Paramount Pictures films which may vary by market. The service would initially launch in the Nordics and Latin America, replacing an existing service of the same name, with additional markets to follow. In Australia, while the relaunched service will premiere all new Showtime original programs going forward, currently-airing series will remain on Stan until their conclusion under an existing deal.
The Paramount+ brand itself was originated as a subscription video on demand film service, first launching in the Nordics in 2017, and then in Hungary, Latin America, and Russia in the following three years. The current iteration of Paramount+ in the Nordics and Latin America was preceded by this service.
Paramount+ is currently available in Australia, Canada, Latin America, Middle East (as a pay TV channel), Nordics, and United States. Additionally, the Paramount+ SVOD service is still active in Poland (as Paramount Play), Hungary, and Russia (as Okko Paramount+), though the current streaming service is unavailable in said regions. Due to program rights and existing content deals, several programs are not available on local versions, or have delayed availability for new episodes. For example, Star Trek: Discovery and all others from the franchise are licensed to Bell Media in Canada for their CTV Sci-Fi (in English) and Z (in French) channels and streaming service Crave. Another example, Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years, iCarly, and all Paramount+ original kids and family programming are licensed to Corus Entertainment for their YTV and Treehouse networks in 2021, in-part due to pre-existing agreements between Corus and ViacomCBS. The only exception is Star Trek: Prodigy, which airs in Canada on the CTV Sci-Fi Channel.
A localized version of Paramount+ operates in the Middle East as a premium offering on pay-TV provider OSN, replacing the now-defunct Paramount Channel. It features content from the aforementioned channel, as well as Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV.
In August 2021, Comcast announced an agreement with ViacomCBS to launch SkyShowtime, a joint streaming service combining programming from ViacomCBS, Sky, and NBCUniversal libraries as well as original programming from Peacock and Paramount+. The service is expected to be available in 20 smaller European territories, including four Nordic countries along with Hungary and Poland where it will replace Paramount+, instead of Paramount+ and Peacock operating separately in those markets.
In November 2021, it was announced that Star Trek: Discovery would be pulled from Netflix in all countries outside the United States and Canada (for which Bell Media retained the license for the entire Star Trek libraries) and moved to Paramount+ for international release. Also reported were plans for its 2022 global rollout, starting with its launch in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria via Sky Group and South Korean media conglomerate CJ ENM to launch Paramount+ as an exclusive bundle with TVING, marking the first Asian region to launch the streaming platform; the partnership also includes a joint venture for future content, including English adaptations of tvN drama series which has produced by CJ's production house Studio Dragon.
|Release date||Country/Territory||Release partner(s)|
|October 28, 2014[a]||United States|
|April 23, 2018[a]||Canada|
|December 4, 2018[b]||Australia||Network 10|
|March 4, 2021[c]||Argentina||Telefe|
|March 25, 2021[c]||Denmark||[d]|
|Early 2022||United Kingdom||Sky|
|Bosnia and Herzegovina|
- Apple TV+
- Amazon Prime Video
- HBO Max
- Pluto TV
- YouTube Premium
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- preceded by the SVOD service of the same name
- Replaced by SkyShowtime in early 2022
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