Does your family need a streaming subscription service where Spock, Dora the Explorer, the Paw Patrol pups, and Beavis and Butt-Head all live on the same mountain? Paramount+ is hoping the answer to that question is a responding “yes.” With Super Bowl LV behind us, many families are more confused than ever about whether to not they need to sign-up for Parmaount+. What is it? How much does Paramount+ cost? Do you already have it?
Most of all, does Paramount+ have more to offer than Disney+? Well, yes and no. But it still may be a good deal. Here’s everything families need to know about Paramount+.
What is Paramount Plus?
Technically, Paramount+ is simply a re-branding of CBS All-Access. If you already have CBS All-Access, then, starting in March, you’re going to have Paramont+. This exists because of a (boring) re-merger between Viacom and CBS, who actually parted ways in the early aughts. In the ’90s they were one company, and then they weren’t, and now, they’re one company again. For families, this means that a ton of Paramount movies (like Indiana Jones and Mission: Impossible) will now be streaming on the same service. (This is also why Indiana Jones is suddenly NOT on Netflix.) This also means new CBS All-Access shows (like the various new Star Treks and Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone) will now become Paramount+ shows overnight. To be clear, there’s a ton of old-shows on here, too, including all the family-friendly old Star Treks, the classic Mission: Impossible sitcoms like Cheers, and a lot, lot more.
Is there good Kids’ stuff?
Because CBS All-Access/Paramount+ recently added a bunch of Nickelodeon Shows to the service, parents should know that yes, this is actually a pretty good deal if you’re looking for a streaming service that has a bunch of kids’ content, but a decent amount of grown-up stuff, too. Chances are, that unless you pay for Nickelodeon with an old-school cable provider, you have to get Dora, Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies and Paw Patrol through Amazon Prime add-ons, or through kid-specific content curators like Noggin. However, subscribing to CBS-All Access (Paramount+) side-steps all of that.
Will Paramount+ include new movies too?
Yes, part of the strategy to attract subscribers to Paramount+ is by giving viewers a chance to see some of the studio’s biggest movies shortly after they reach theaters, including Mission: Impossible 7 and A Quiet Place Part II. Typically, you would need to wait several months to even have the chance to see blockbusters from the comfort of your own home but with Paramount+, you will be able to watch Paramount Pictures’ theatrical films just 45 days after they hit the theaters. So if you are a typical parent who has no time to head to the movie theaters, this will give you the opportunity to not have to wait a year to see Ethan Hunt once again save the world from imminent destruction by running super fast.
What about reboots?
Of course, there are going to be reboots. It’s just the nature of the content game at this point. Paramount has already announced several that it will be rebooting several beloved properties, most notably Frasier (with Kelsey Grammer confirmed to be returning for his most beloved and iconic role) and Rugrats (the entire original voice cast is set to return). Putting these reboots on Paramount+ is meant to ensure that the streaming service will end up with plenty of subscribers, as it’s not exactly a secret that a huge portion of the entertainment industry is fueled by nostalgia.
How much does Paramount+ cost?
There are two versions
- Commerical free $9.99 per month
- With commercials: $5.99 per month.
However, up until the March 4, 2021 re-branding, CBS All-Access/ Paramount+ is offering half-off the first year. So, that means, if you get the cheaper option, it will come out to roughly 2 bucks a month. Considering you’re going to watch some of these kids’ shows anyway, that might be well worth it.
Check out more info on Paramount+ here.