Paramount+, the major American streaming service owned by Paramount Global (previously ViacomCBS), is finally coming to the UK, with its launch date revealed today: June 22, 2022.
Pricing details have also been announced: £6.99/month or £69.90/year, after a 7-days trial.
As we previously reported, Paramount Plus will be available both as a stand-alone streaming app, and as an add-on to some Sky Q customers (and apparently free for Sky Cinema subscribers).
The standalone app, though, will be available on the major streaming devices – Amazon Fire TV, Roku and others – so, unlike competing American streaming service Peacock – Paramount+ will not require a Sky subscription.
- Sign Up to Paramount+ Directly (With Free Trial)
- Sign Up To Paramount+ Via Amazon’s Prime Video Channels (With Free Trial)
Paramount+ originally launched in the US as CBS All Access in 2014, with content from the North American TV network CBS.
In addition to content from the extensive library of CBS, the channel also produced a few original shows, such as The Good Fight (the spin-off series to The Good Wife), and, most notably Star Trek: Discovery, the long-awaited Star Trek sequel/prequel.
In March 2021, CBS All Access changed its name to Paramount+, following the merger with Viacom, bringing in content from additional partners, such as Showtime, Comedy Central and Paramount Pictures. As of this writing, the service has almost 40 million subscribers around the world.
In the US, Paramount+ offers two paid tiers: $4.99/month with adverts, and $9.99/month without adverts.
In the UK, Paramount+ is going to cost £6.99/month or £69.90/year (with a 7-days free trial).
At launch, Paramount+ UK won’t support 4K or Dolby Atmos.
Sky Q subscribers with the Sky Cinema plan, will get Paramount+ at no extra cost, getting more than 10,000 hours of extra content. All other Sky customers will be able to subscribe to Paramount+ as an add-on to their account.
NOW subscribers (Sky’s streaming service), however, won’t get Paramount+ for free, even if they’re subscribed to the Cinema membership.
But the stand-alone Paramount+ app will be available on NOW’s own streaming devices (which are are no longer being manufactured).
Since some of the movies available on Paramount+ in the US are already a part of Sky Cinema, we’re told those movies will remain on Sky Cinema as part of its library, so those will at least be accessible to NOW Cinema subscribers.
Paramount+ Shows And Films In The UK
Star Trek – Coming To Paramount Plus
Paramount Plus made a name for itself as the home of Star Trek – both past and new shows. In the UK, the situation is a bit more complicated, as some of the Star Trek shows and films are already available on other streaming services.
The classic Star Trek shows – The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space 9, Voyager and Enterprise, are all currently available to stream on Netflix in the UK. It’s safe to assume they’ll move to Paramount+ at some point – as they did in the US.
The first three seasons of Star Trek: Discovery, also used to stream on Netflix in the UK (and the rest of the world, except for the US).
But then, right before Season 4’s premiere, all seasons were removed from Netflix, causing a major uproar. Instead, the show can currently be streamed live in the UK on Pluto TV, or bought on Amazon’s Prime Video VOD store.
When Paramount+ launches in the UK, all of Star Trek: Discovery’s seasons, including Season 4, will become available on the new streaming service.
Then there’s Star Trek: Picard, which is available to stream in the UK on Amazon Prime Video. As we reported, Season 2 of Picard was also released on Prime Video – so it remains to be seen when Picard joins the rest of the Star Trek shows on Paramount+ in the UK.
The same goes for Star Trek: Lower Decks, which is also currently available on Prime Video in the UK.
The newer Star Trek shows, however, will be exclusive to Paramount+ in the UK.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the prequel series that follows the adventures of Captain Pike (Anson Mount), his Number One (Rebecca Romijn) and Spock (Ethan Peck). It premieres in the US on May 5 – and has already been renewed for a second season.
Star Trek: Prodigy already premiered on Paramount+ in the US in 2021, and a second season has already been confirmed. Both seasons will most likely premiere on Paramount+ in the UK.
Other Paramount+ Shows
When Paramount+ launches in the UK, it will include more than 8,000 hours of content, from Paramount’s brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME, Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.
One such Paramount+ Original series that was highly expected by many fans is Halo, a TV show based on the popular video game. It stars Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Charlie Murphy and others.
Halo premiered on Paramount+ in the US on March 24, 2022.
Another popular series that might end up on Paramount+ in the UK is Yellowstone, the Kevin Costner wild-west (of sorts) series.
In the US, the series is NOT available on Paramount+, but in the UK, it currently airs on the free-to-air 5Action channel (formerly known as Paramount Network), which is also owned by ViacomCBS.
More shows coming to Paramount+ in the UK include The Offer, Mayor of Kingstown, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Queen of the Universe and Jerry & Marge Go Large.
In addition, Paramount+ will offer access to blockbuster movies with new releases like Scream 5, classics such as Grease and Star Trek, and family-friendly selections like PAW Patrol: The Movie, Clifford The Big Red Dog and more.
Paramount is also working on several UK original programmes that were recently announced, such as psychological thriller The Ex-Wife, The Burning Girls and more.
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