Disney has Disney+, Warner has HBO Max, NBCUniversal has Peacock, and starting in early 2021 ViacomCBS will launch Paramount+ as its global streaming service.
Paramount+ in 2021
In the US, CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ with a wider content library in early 2021. The global roll-out of Paramount+ also starts in early 2021 with an initial debut in Australia, Latin America, and the Nordics.
- "Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling," said Bob Bakish, President and CEO, ViacomCBS. "With Paramount+, we’re excited to establish one global streaming brand in the broad-pay segment that will draw on the sheer breadth and depth of the ViacomCBS portfolio to offer an extraordinary collection of content for everyone to enjoy."
Paramount+ will be a direct-to-consumer streaming service with apps for popular TV platforms. It will offers access to movies from Paramount Pictures as well as TV shows from Showtime, CBS, BET, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian. At launch, it will offer more than 30,000 episodes and movies, the company said.
Upcoming Showtime originals that will debut exclusively on Paramount+ include Halo (based on the Xbox game), American Rust, and First Ladies. More information can be found in the table below.
ViacomCBS is the latest media giant to enter the global streaming wars. Paramount+ will compete internationally with the likes of Netflix, HBO, and Disney. In international markets, it also means that ViacomCBS will most likely start pulling home from its partners popular shows like Ray Donovan, The Affair, Dexter and The Good Fight.
No plans for 4K HDR and/or Dolby Atmos have been announced at this time.
CBS All Access in the US currently cost $6 per month for an ad-supported version and $10 per month without ads. Pricing in the US could change and international pricing will be announced closer to launch.
New original series on Paramount+
THE OFFER, a scripted limited event series from Paramount Television Studios, based on Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy’s extraordinary, never-revealed experiences of making “The Godfather.” The 10-episode event series is written and executive produced by Michael Tolkin (“Escape at Dannemora” and “The Player”). Ruddy will also serve as executive producer, and Emmy-winning producer Leslie Greif (“Hatfields & McCoys”) will executive produce and be a writer on the series.
LIONESS, a spy drama created by Taylor Sheridan (“Yellowstone”) with Sheridan, Jill Wagner, David Glasser, David Hutkin, and Bob Yari set to executive produce. Based on a real-life CIA program, LIONESS follows a young Marine recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring the organization down from within. The series is produced by Paramount Network and 101 Studios.
A reimagination of the Emmy-nominated series “Behind the Music” entitled MTV’s BEHIND THE MUSIC – THE TOP 40, which will unlock MTV’s vault from the past 40 years for a unique and intimate look at the 40 biggest artists of all time, through their voices and their eyes. The series will be produced by Creature Films and MTV Studios.
THE REAL CRIMINAL MINDS, a true crime docuseries based on the hit CBS Television series, and produced by XG Productions in association with CBS Television Studios and ABC Signature.
The service is also developing a revival of THE GAME as part of BET’s programming on Paramount+ from CBS Television Studios and Grammnet Productions.