William Shatner made a light dig at Jeff Bezos’ playfulness on the Blue Origin flight in July: ‘I don’t want to throw Skittles – I want to look out the window’

Actor William Shatner (left) and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.
Actor William Shatner (left) and Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos.

  • William Shatner took a light jab at Blue Origin’s Jeff Bezos in a Today Show interview on Thursday.
  • The “Star Trek” actor said, “I don’t want to throw Skittles – I want to look out the window.”
  • Bezos had thrown Skittles with Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen on his Blue Origin flight in July.

When William Shatner went up into space on Wednesday, he spent a lot of time glued to the window, gazing down at Earth.

Now, the 90-year-old “Star Trek” actor has made a light jab at someone who didn’t quite do the same.

Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight took place in July, launching into space CEO Jeff Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos, 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk, and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen.

During their brief stint in zero gravity during the flight, Bezos threw Skittles with Daemen, with each trying to throw the candies into the other’s mouth.

Shatner referenced their game in an interview on The Today Show on Thursday, speaking about his own experience with weightlessness on the New Shepard rocket.

“You’re floating,” he said. “I don’t want to turn somersaults, I don’t want to throw Skittles – I want to look out the window.”

In a video showing the four passengers of Wednesday’s flight during their 11-minute trip, Shatner can be seen staring down at Earth, saying, “No description can equal this.”

With the conclusion of the 11-minute trip, Shatner became the oldest person to ever reach space. After landing back on Earth, he thanked Bezos for the flight.

“What you have given me is the most profound experience,” Shatner told Bezos. “I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary.”

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Video shows Jeff Bezos interrupting William Shatner’s emotional speech to spray Champagne

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William Shatner tells Jeff Bezos about his spaceflight experience in a screenshot from Blue Origin’s livestream.

  • William Shatner spoke emotionally with Jeff Bezos about his trip to space on a Blue Origin rocket.
  • Video shows Bezos interrupting him at one point to ask for a bottle of Champagne to spray.
  • Shatner then stops speaking, though Bezos at one point said he wanted to hear what Shatner had to say.

Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin sent the “Star Trek” star William Shatner to the edge of space on Wednesday, and the actor spoke emotionally about the experience on his return.

Shatner spoke with Bezos after he landed, where teared up while reflecting on what he described as a profound experience.

Video footage showed Shatner describing his experience to Bezos, when Bezos turns to a group nearby and says: “Give me the Champagne bottle. Come here. I want one.” Shatner stops speaking, and scratches his head, the video shows.

Watch the moment here:

Bezos then says he still wants to hear Shatner’s story, saying: “I want to hear this.”

He offers some Champagne to Shatner, who declines, and Bezos then sprays the Champagne to cheers from the group, while Shatner still has his hand by his head.

Footage also shows Shatner stepping back and turning away while Bezos continues to spray the Champagne, and Bezos then turning to put his arm on Shatner:

Shatner had described his trip to the edge of space to Bezos as being “the most profound experience.”

“I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary. I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it,” he said.

“It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men … It has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.”

It is not clear if Shatner said these things before or after Bezos asked for the Champagne.

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Video from Blue Origin’s spaceship shows William Shatner gazing at Earth: ‘No description can equal this’

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William Shatner gazes at Earth from the window of Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule, October 13, 2021.

New video from inside Blue Origin‘s spaceship shows 90-year-old actor William Shatner gazing in awe at the Earth below.

Shatner spent decades portraying the cosmos-exploring commander Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek.” On Wednesday morning, the TV star had his own cosmic adventure into space when he lifted off aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket and soared 62 miles above Earth, to the edge of space. The journey made him the oldest person ever reach space.

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William Shatner poses in a Blue Origin flight suit.

At the peak of the 11-minute flight, Shatner and the ship’s three other passengers – the former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, the healthcare entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers – experienced about three minutes of weightlessness and saw the curvature of Earth below.

Blue Origin shared video from those moments of weightlessness on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. Cameras inside the space capsule recorded as the passengers unbuckled from their seats and drifted around.

“This is nuts!” Powers exclaimed. “Holy hell.”

While the other passengers flipped and floated around, Shatner just gripped the edge of a window and gazed at the Earth below.

“No description can equal this,” he said.

Still, once the capsule had parachuted back to Earth and landed safely, Shatner tried to describe it – particularly the thin line of Earth’s atmosphere.

“Look at the beauty of that color. And it’s so thin. And you’re through it in an instant,” he told Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos. “Suddenly, you’re through the blue, and you’re into black.”

Shatner added: “You’re looking into blackness, into black ugliness. And you look down – there’s the blue down there and the black up there. There is Mother Earth and comfort, and there is – is there death? I don’t know. Is that death? Is that the way death is?”

At one point during his post-flight reflection, he covered his face and wiped away tears.

Many astronauts who’ve seen Earth from space have described overwhelming feelings of awe, unity with the rest of humanity, and an appreciation for the fragility of our planet. Experts call this the “overview effect.”

“I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary,” Shatner told Bezos. “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it.”

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SpongeBob, Star Trek, and South Park digital tokens may soon be available as ViacomCBS enters the NFT market

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Spongebob Squarepants.

  • ViacomCBS is teaming up with NFT startup RECUR to sell digital tokens based on its shows.
  • The media company owns franchises such as SpongeBob SquarePants and South Park, among others.
  • Its NFT platform will be “chain-agnostic,” meaning royalties can continue to be collected on resales.

ViacomCBS – the owner of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and MTV – is getting into the NFT space.

The media company is teaming up with NFT startup RECUR to build a platform where fans can buy, collect and resell digital assets centered on “cherished” franchises.

That could include SpongeBob SquarePants, South Park, and Star Trek, for example, although the company did not specify what characters or shows it would put on the platform.

The new platform, to be available in the spring of 2022, will be “chain-agnostic,” according to the Wednesday press release. That means royalties granted to the original owners can be minted on any cryptocurrency, allowing the creators to continue receiving their share of sales and resales, wrote TechCrunch, which first reported the news.

“Fueled by beloved characters and iconic properties with multi-generational appeal, we are thrilled to accelerate our consumer products presence even further into the growing metaverse,” ViacomCBS President Pam Kaufman said.

ViacomCBS’ partner RECUR launched six months ago and is dedicated to creating branded experiences for fans to exchange NFTs, aka non-fungible tokens.

The startup recently completed a $50 million funding round, valuing the company at $333 million. In a statement about the funding, the co-chiefs said, “The Metaverse is the next frontier, and community and culture will be the driving force.”

The market for digital collectibles has boomed in 2021 with more than $10 billion in sales in the third quarter alone, Insider previously reported. Celebrities and even professional sports leagues and athletes have jumped into the space, with more marketplaces, from companies such as Coinbase and FTX, becoming available.

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William Shatner cried telling Jeff Bezos about his flight to space: ‘I hope I never recover from this’

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Jeff Bezos pins astronaut wings on William Shatner after the “Star Trek” star’s spaceflight on October 13, 2021.

William Shatner poured his heart out on camera after soaring to the edge of space on Wednesday.

Shatner, who spent decades playing Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek,” lifted off aboard Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket at 10:49 a.m. ET, then soared 62 miles above the Earth in an 11-minute spaceflight.

He and the ship’s three other passengers – former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, healthcare entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers – experienced several minutes of weightlessness and saw the curvature of the Earth before plummeting back to the ground.

After landing in the Texas desert and climbing out of the spaceship, an emotional Shatner shared his reactions with Jeff Bezos, who founded Blue Origin in 2000.

“What you have given me is the most profound experience. I am so filled with emotion about what just happened. It’s extraordinary,” Shatner said, tearing up. “I hope I never recover from this. I hope that I can maintain what I feel now. I don’t want to lose it. It’s so much larger than me and life. It hasn’t got anything to do with the little green men… it has to do with the enormity and the quickness and the suddenness of life and death.”

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William Shatner tells Jeff Bezos about his spaceflight experience in a screenshot from Blue Origin’s livestream, October 13, 2021.

Shatner said he was stunned by the thin line of the Earth’s atmosphere. At one point during his post-flight reflection, he covered his face and wiped away tears.

“Look at the beauty of that color. And it’s so thin. And you’re through it in an instant,” he said. “Suddenly you’re through the blue, and you’re into black.”

Shatner added: “You’re looking into blackness, into black ugliness. And you look down – there’s the blue down there and the black up there. There is Mother Earth and comfort, and there is – is there death? I don’t know. Is that death? Is that the way death is? It was so moving, this experience.”

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Jeff Bezos and William Shatner hug after Shatner’s spaceflight, in a screenshot from Blue Origin’s livestream

At age 90, Shatner is now the oldest person to fly to space.

Many astronauts who’ve seen Earth from space have described overwhelming feelings of awe, unity with the rest of humanity, and an appreciation for the fragility of our planet. Experts call this the “overview effect.”

“I can’t even begin to express – What I would love to do is to communicate as much as possible the jeopardy, the moment you see the vulnerability of everything. It’s so small. This air which is keeping us alive is thinner than your skin. It’s a sliver. It’s immeasurably small when you think in terms of the universe. It’s negligible, this air. Mars doesn’t have it,” he said. “It’s so thin. To dirty it – I mean that’s another whole-“

Bezos cut him off to note how quickly the spaceship rises above the atmosphere. “And then you’re just in blackness,” Bezos said.

“You’re in death!” Shatner responded. “This is life, and that’s death. And in an instant you go, ‘Oh, that’s death!’ That’s what I saw.”

You can watch Shatner share his reflections with Bezos in Blue Origin’s flight broadcast, below.

“Everybody in the world needs to do this,” Shatner said. “Everybody in the world needs to see.”

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Watch live as Jeff Bezos’ rocket company launches TV star William Shatner to the edge of space today

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William Shatner (left) purchased a seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket (right).

Five decades after debuting as the cosmos-exploring commander Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek,” actor William Shatner is about to fly to space in real life.

Blue Origin, the rocket company Jeff Bezos founded in 2000, is preparing to rocket Shatner and three others to the edge of space aboard its New Shepard launch system at 9 a.m. CDT (10 a.m. ET) Wednesday morning.

The entire flight lasts just 11 minutes, with passengers reaching an altitude of 62 miles. They’ll get about three minutes of weightlessness.

This is the company’s second flight with passengers; its first carried Bezos and three others above the planet in July.

“I’m thrilled and anxious and a little nervous and a little frightened about this whole new adventure,” Shatner told the “Today” show last week.

At age 90, Shatner will become the oldest person to reach the boundary of space, breaking the record set by 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk on Bezos’ July flight.

He will share the spaceship with former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, healthcare entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers. The flight is automated, so no pilot will be on board.

Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers, and Glen de Vries in blue space jumpsuits
Left to right: Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers, and Glen de Vries in their Blue Origin flight jumpsuits.

The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but poor weather caused a delay.

Blue Origin hopes this will be the beginning of an ongoing operation flying high-paying customers to the edge of space. Neither the company nor Shatner have disclosed how much the seats cost. A spot on the flight with Bezos sold at auction for $28 million, but regular flights cost much less. Competitor Virgin Galactic sells its own suborbital flights for $450,000 per seat.

Watch live as Blue Origin flies William Shatner to space

Blue Origin says it will broadcast the flight, in the video embedded below, starting 90 minutes before liftoff.

As the rocket screams through the skies above Texas, the force of its climb and the pull of Earth’s gravity will press the passengers into their seats. Then 2 minutes and 45 seconds after liftoff, the rocket should release the passenger capsule, letting it drift up to the boundary of space – an imaginary border 62 miles above sea level called the Kármán Line.

Shatner and his companions will be able to see the curvature of the Earth and its thin atmosphere against the blackness of space.

jeff bezos and three other passengers in jumpsuits float around spaceship cabin earth in background
A screengrab from video recorded inside the New Shepard capsule in July shows (left to right) Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk in microgravity.

For about three minutes, they’ll be allowed to unbuckle, flip around weightless, and enjoy the views. Then the passengers must strap back into their seats for the high-speed plunge to Earth. They’ll plummet through the atmosphere and feel a jolt as the capsule releases three parachutes to slow its fall and land back in Texas.

Blue Origin employees have questioned New Shepard’s safety

The New Shepard crew capsule parachutes to a landing at Blue Origin's Launch Site One in Texas on January 14.
The New Shepard crew capsule parachutes to a landing at Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in Texas, January 14, 2021.

Shatner’s flight comes amid fallout from a recent open letter from current and former Blue Origin employees, which called New Shepard’s safety into question.

“In the opinion of an engineer who has signed on to this essay, ‘Blue Origin has been lucky that nothing has happened so far,'” the letter said. “Many of this essay’s authors say they would not fly on a Blue Origin vehicle.”

Alexandra Abrams, who used to head Blue Origin’s employee communications, published the letter on the website Lioness in September. Abrams was the only named author, but she said 20 other current and former employees cowrote it. CBS News spoke with five of them.

New Shepard First Human Flight
Jeff Bezos descends from Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule after his flight on July 20, 2021.

“Competing with other billionaires – and ‘making progress for Jeff’ – seemed to take precedence over safety concerns that would have slowed down the schedule,” the letter said.

It continued: “Some of us felt that with the resources and staff available, leadership’s race to launch at such a breakneck speed was seriously compromising flight safety.”

In a statement to Insider, Blue Origin said: “We stand by our safety record and believe that New Shepard is the safest space vehicle ever designed or built.”

jeff bezos inspects blue origin new shepard rocket booster
Jeff Bezos inspects a New Shepard rocket booster after it landed from a test flight.

The company’s statement added that Abrams “was dismissed for cause two years ago after repeated warnings for issues involving federal export control regulations.” Abrams denied receiving such warnings.

New Shepard has flown 16 times – a strong record. It also has an emergency-escape system that should jettison the passenger capsule away if the rocket malfunctions. Blue Origin has tested the escape system on the launchpad, in midair, and in space.

Still, no federal agency regulates the safety of passengers on private commercial spaceflights. For now, the Federal Aviation Administration just ensures that these rocket launches don’t pose a threat to other aircraft or to people on the ground.

About 1% of US human spaceflights have resulted in a fatal accident, according to an analysis published earlier this year. That’s about 10,000 times higher than the rate on commercial airplanes.

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Watch live as Jeff Bezos’ rocket company launches TV star William Shatner to the edge of space on Wednesday

william shatner in blue flight jumpsuit side by side with new shepard rocket launching
William Shatner (left) purchased a seat on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket (right).

Three decades after starring as the cosmos-exploring commander Captain James T. Kirk in “Star Trek,” actor William Shatner is about to fly to space in real life.

Blue Origin, the rocket company Jeff Bezos founded in 2000, is preparing to rocket Shatner and three others to the edge of space aboard its New Shepard launch system on Wednesday morning. The entire flight lasts just 11 minutes, with passengers reaching an altitude of 62 miles. They’ll get about three minutes of weightlessness.

This is the company’s second flight with passengers; its first carried Bezos and three others above the planet in July.

“I’m thrilled and anxious and a little nervous and a little frightened about this whole new adventure,” Shatner told the “Today” show last week.

At age 90, Shatner will become the oldest person to reach the boundary of space, breaking the record set by 82-year-old aviator Wally Funk on Bezos’ July flight. He will share the spaceship with former NASA engineer Chris Boshuizen, healthcare entrepreneur Glen de Vries, and Blue Origin’s vice president of mission and flight operations, Audrey Powers. The flight is automated, so no pilot will be on board.

Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers, and Glen de Vries in blue space jumpsuits
Left to right: Chris Boshuizen, William Shatner, Audrey Powers, and Glen de Vries in their Blue Origin flight jumpsuits.

After the passengers climb aboard the gumdrop-shaped space capsule atop the rocket, they’re scheduled to blast off from Blue Origin’s Texas launchpad on Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET. The launch was originally scheduled for Tuesday, but poor weather caused a delay.

Blue Origin hopes this will be the beginning of an ongoing operation flying high-paying customers to the edge of space. Neither the company nor Shatner have disclosed how much the seats cost. A spot on the flight with Bezos sold at auction for $28 million, but regular flights cost much less. Competitor Virgin Galactic sells its own suborbital flights for $450,000 per seat.

Watch live as Blue Origin flies William Shatner to space

Blue Origin says it will broadcast the flight on its Youtube channel starting 90 minutes before liftoff. Insider will embed that video here once it’s available.

As the rocket screams through the skies above Texas, the force of its climb and the pull of Earth’s gravity will press the passengers into their seats. Then 2 minutes and 45 seconds after liftoff, the rocket should release the passenger capsule, letting it drift up to the boundary of space – an imaginary border 62 miles above sea level called the Kármán Line.

Shatner and his companions will be able to see the curvature of the Earth and its thin atmosphere against the blackness of space.

jeff bezos and three other passengers in jumpsuits float around spaceship cabin earth in background
A screengrab from video recorded inside the New Shepard capsule in July shows (left to right) Oliver Daemen, Jeff Bezos, Mark Bezos, and Wally Funk in microgravity.

For about three minutes, they’ll be allowed to unbuckle, flip around weightless, and enjoy the views. Then the passengers must strap back into their seats for the high-speed plunge to Earth. They’ll plummet through the atmosphere and feel a jolt as the capsule releases three parachutes to slow its fall and land back in Texas.

Blue Origin employees have questioned New Shepard’s safety

The New Shepard crew capsule parachutes to a landing at Blue Origin's Launch Site One in Texas on January 14.
The New Shepard crew capsule parachutes to a landing at Blue Origin’s Launch Site One in Texas, January 14, 2021.

Shatner’s flight comes amid fallout from a recent open letter from current and former Blue Origin employees, which called New Shepard’s safety into question.

“In the opinion of an engineer who has signed on to this essay, ‘Blue Origin has been lucky that nothing has happened so far,'” the letter said. “Many of this essay’s authors say they would not fly on a Blue Origin vehicle.”

Alexandra Abrams, who used to head Blue Origin’s employee communications, published the letter on the website Lioness in September. Abrams was the only named author, but she said 20 other current and former employees cowrote it. CBS News spoke with five of them.

New Shepard First Human Flight
Jeff Bezos descends from Blue Origin’s New Shepard capsule after his flight on July 20, 2021.

“Competing with other billionaires – and ‘making progress for Jeff’ – seemed to take precedence over safety concerns that would have slowed down the schedule,” the letter said.

It continued: “Some of us felt that with the resources and staff available, leadership’s race to launch at such a breakneck speed was seriously compromising flight safety.”

In a statement to Insider, Blue Origin said, “We stand by our safety record and believe that New Shepard is the safest space vehicle ever designed or built.”

jeff bezos inspects blue origin new shepard rocket booster
Jeff Bezos inspects a New Shepard rocket booster after it landed from a test flight.

The company’s statement added that Abrams “was dismissed for cause two years ago after repeated warnings for issues involving federal export control regulations.” Abrams denied receiving such warnings.

New Shepard has flown 16 times – a strong record. It also has an emergency-escape system that should jettison the passenger capsule away if the rocket malfunctions. Blue Origin has tested the escape system on the launchpad, in midair, and in space.

Still, no federal agency regulates the safety of passengers on private commercial spaceflights. For now, the Federal Aviation Administration just ensures that these rocket launches don’t pose a threat to other aircraft or to people on the ground.

About 1% of US human spaceflights have resulted in a fatal accident, according to an analysis published earlier this year. That’s about 10,000 times higher than the rate on commercial airplanes.

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Every original show and movie you can stream on Paramount Plus – from ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ to ‘The Stand’

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  • Paramount Plus is available for $5 a month (with ads) or $10 a month (ad-free).
  • The streaming service features several original shows and movies you can watch right now.
  • Brand-new Paramount films will also be available to stream 30 to 45 days after they hit theaters

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From revivals of hit ’90s shows to original movies based on popular franchises, Paramount Plus holds its own in the streaming game with dozens of upcoming projects.

The streaming service, a rebranding of CBS All Access, launched on March 4 and includes live sports along with exclusive series and films. In total, Paramount Plus hosts a catalog of over 2,500 movies and 30,000 TV episodes, including content based on popular franchises like “SpongeBob,” “Star Trek,” and more.

The streaming service has two types of plans: Essential (with ads) and Premium (ad-free). The Essential Plan costs $5 a month ($50 a year) while the Premium Plan costs $10 a month ($100 a year). For a limited time, you can even bundle Paramount Plus (Essential) with Showtime for just $10 a month, or Paramount Plus (Premium) with Showtime for $13 a month.

All plans offer access to the full Paramount Plus catalog of on-demand programs, including several exclusive titles you can watch right now. Even more originals are on the way over the coming months.

Here’s a roundup of all the original shows and movies announced for Paramount Plus:

Original shows available now

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The first season of “Star Trek: Picard” is available to stream on Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus includes access to several original series you can watch right now.

Most notably, fans of the lovable sea creatures from Bikini Bottom can watch “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years,” a prequel to “SpongeBob Squarepants.”

In addition to brand-new series, the service also lets you stream shows that originally premiered on CBS All Access, like “Star Trek: Picard” and “The Twilight Zone.”

Here’s a list of original titles, both new and old, that are available on Paramount Plus now:

  • “60 Minutes Plus”
  • “Behind the Music”
  • “Coyote”
  • “Evil”
  • “For Heaven’s Sake”
  • “From Cradle to Stage”
  • “iCarly” (reboot)
  • “Interrogation”
  • “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years”
  • “Inside the NFL”
  • “Love Island: Laid Bare”
  • “Love Island: The Drop”
  • “No Activity”
  • “One Dollar”
  • “Rugrats”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked”
  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars”
  • “Star Trek: Discovery”
  • “Star Trek: Lower Decks”
  • “Star Trek: Picard”
  • “Star Trek: Short Treks”
  • “Strange Angel”
  • “Sunday Morning – Woody Allen The Interview”
  • “Tell Me A Story”
  • “Texas 6”
  • “That Animal Rescue Show”
  • “The Challenge: All Stars”
  • “The Good Fight”
  • “The Harper House”
  • “The Real World: Homecoming: New York”
  • “The Stand”
  • “The Thomas John Experience”
  • “The Twilight Zone”
  • “Tooning Out the News”
  • “Why Women Kill”
  • “Younger”

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Original movies and documentaries available now

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“The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run” premiered on Paramount Plus in March.

Paramount Plus is home to a few original documentaries and movies, including “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.” The film was originally set for a global release in 2020, but the pandemic delayed its US premiere.

Here’s a list of original Paramount Plus documentaries and movies available now:

  • “26th Street Garage: The FBI’s Untold Story of 9/11”
  • “76 Days”
  • “Cher & The Loneliest Elephant”
  • “Console Wars”
  • “Going to Pot: The High and Low of It”
  • “Hunger Ward”
  • “Infinite”
  • “Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed”
  • “Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In”
  • “The J Team”
  • “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”
  • “Woman in Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek, and the Remaking of NASA”

Original shows expected to arrive on Paramount Plus

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“Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” is one of several “Star Trek” titles in development for Paramount Plus.

ViacomCBS has teased a number of upcoming Paramount Plus shows.

The lineup includes live-action remakes of popular series from the past, such as kids programs like “The Fairly OddParents” and “Dora The Explorer.” 

Paramount Plus also plans to revisit other existing series and franchises with new “Star Trek” shows, a “Criminal Minds” revival, a prequel to “Yellowstone” called “Y:1883,” a reboot of the ’90s sitcom “Frasier,” and more.

Video game fans can rejoice that a “Halo” series is set to hit the streaming service in early 2022.

Here’s a list of all the upcoming shows for Paramount Plus with expected release windows:

  • “Guilty Party” – October 14
  • “Star Trek: Prodigy” – October 28
  • “SEAL Team” – November 1
  • “The Game” – November 11
  • “Mayor of Kingstown” – November 14
  • “Queen of the Universe” – December 2
  • “The Fairly OddParents” (live-action) – expected 2021
  • “Spreadsheet” – expected 2021
  • “Stories from the Beautiful Game” – expected 2021
  • “Halo” – expected early 2022
  • “Frasier” (reboot) – expected 2022
  • “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” – expected 2022

Here’s a rundown of upcoming shows announced for Paramount Plus without specific release windows:

  • “Avatar: The Last Airbender” (new show)
  • “American Tragedy”
  • “Fatal Attraction”
  • “Lioness”
  • “Grease: The Rise of the Pink Ladies” 
  • “Flashdance” 
  • “Dora The Explorer” (live-action) 
  • “Yellowstone: 6666” 
  • “Land Man” 
  • “The Italian Job”
  • “Love Story” 
  • “The Offer” 
  • “The Parallax View”
  • “Los Enviados”
  • “8 Fights – The Life of Muhammad Ali”
  • “Arlington Road”
  • “Call Me God”
  • “Girls with Guns”
  • “Happy Face”
  • “Mercy House”
  • “The Multivorce”
  • “Remote”
  • “RIP”
  • Untitled “Star Trek: Section 31” series
  • “Star Trek: Starfleet Academy”
  • Untitled Kiefer Sutherland project
  • “Twenty Four Seven”
  • Untitled Kenya Barris series
  • “You’re Killing Me”
  • “Unplugged”
  • “Yo! MTV Raps”
  • “The Weekly Show with Trevor Noah”
  • “Ink Master” 
  • “Road Rules” 
  • “Big Brother Live Feeds”
  • “Dating Naked”
  • “Some Good News”
  • “Inside Amy Schumer”
  • “48 Hours Original: The Lie Detector”
  • “Black Gold”
  • “Watergate”
  • “The Real Criminal Minds”
  • “Criminal Minds”
  • “Insta Docs”
  • “Reno 911! The Hunt for QAnon”
  • “Prêt-à-Porter”
  • Untitled “The Challenge” spin-off
  • “Yellow Bird”

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Original movies and documentaries expected to arrive on Paramount Plus

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New entries in the “Avatar: The Last Airbender” franchise are coming to Paramount Plus.

More exclusive documentaries and movies are also in the works for Paramount Plus.

The popular Nickelodeon franchise “Avatar: The Last Airbender” will continue on the streaming service, including a new animated film. New horror flicks, including entries in the “Paranormal Activity” and “Pet Sematary” franchises, are also in development.

Here’s a rundown of upcoming original movies expected to debut on Paramount Plus:

  • “Madonna: Madame X Tour” – October 8
  • “Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin” – October 29
  • Untitled “Avatar: The Last Airbender” film
  • “The In Between”
  • Untitled “Workaholics” film
  • Untitled “Beavis and Butt-Head” film
  • Untitled “Pet Sematary” prequel
  • Untitled “Blue’s Clues” film
  • Untitled “South Park” films
  • “Hush, Hush”
  • “Fantasy Football”
  • “Jerry and Marge Go Large”

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In addition to original series and films, Paramount Plus is also the subscription streaming home of upcoming Paramount theatrical releases as little as one month after they hit the big screen.

Some titles will arrive on the service just 30 to 45 days after they premiere in theaters, while others will be added after a longer period of time. Some new MGM movies will also make their way to Paramount Plus.

Here’s a list of current and upcoming big-screen releases that are expected to stream on Paramount Plus in the months following their theatrical releases:

  • A Quiet Place Part II” – now available on Paramount Plus
  • “PAW Patrol: The Movie” – now available on Paramount Plus
  • Snake Eyes” – premiered in theaters July 23
  • “No Time to Die” – in theaters October 8
  • “Scream” – in theaters January 14, 2022
  • “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” – in theaters April 8, 2022
  • “Top Gun: Maverick” – in theaters May 27, 2022
  • “Transformers 7” – in theaters June 24, 2022
  • “Mission: Impossible 7” – in theaters September 30, 2022
  • “Creed III” – in theaters November 23, 2022
  • “Dungeons and Dragons” – in theaters March 3, 2023

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Jeff Bezos is about to take an 11-minute flight to the edge of space. Here’s how his childhood obsession with the cosmos led to Blue Origin’s unprecedented spaceflight.

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  • Jeff Bezos will be aboard Blue Origin’s first human spaceflight on July 20.
  • The Amazon and Blue Origin founder has been a space enthusiast since childhood.
  • In 2013, he traveled out to sea for three weeks to retrieve pieces of the Apollo 11 spacecraft.
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On July 20, Jeff Bezos will be among the first human passengers to fly aboard New Shepard, a spacecraft built by his space exploration company, Blue Origin.

While it’s an unusual – and potentially risky – experiment, it’s not a very surprising one: Bezos has been obsessed with space since childhood.

“You’ve been passionate about space your whole life, but this is not just a plaything for you,” Mark Bezos said during an interview with his brother in 2017.

“No. God, no,” Bezos replied.

Bezos founded Blue Origin in 2000 with the goal of democratizing human spaceflight. The company has grown slowly over the years, but in 2015, it completed a remarkable feat, one Bezos will soon attempt: Flying the New Shepard rocket 62 miles above Earth and landing it safely on the ground.

On Tuesday, Bezos will embark on his own 11-minute trip outside of the Earth’s gravitational pull, decades after he first became obsessed with space travel. Here’s where Bezos’ passion for space began.

Bezos’ interest in space stems from his maternal grandfather

The lore around Bezos’ childhood is well-known by this point: Every summer, he would travel to the South Texas ranch belonging to his grandfather, Lawrence Preston Gise.

According to Brad Stone’s book, “Amazon Unbound,” Gise had spent the 1950s and 1960s working on space technology and missile defense systems for the Atomic Energy Commission, a federal agency that was created in 1946 to manage the use of nuclear energy for both civilian and military applications.

Bezos, it seems, developed his passion for space during those summers with his grandfather. There, he would watch Apollo launches and read science fiction books from the library, according to Stone’s book.

Bezos used his high school valedictorian speech to talk about colonizing space

By the time he was in high school in South Florida, Bezos had told his friends that he wanted to be a space entrepreneur, and already had big plans to make space travel a part of his career plans, according to a 1999 Wired profile.

He attended a space initiative for high schoolers at NASA’s campus in Hunstville, Alabama, and later started a summer camp for elementary school students that had a heavy emphasis on science – including interstellar travel and space colonies, according to Wired.

When Bezos became valedictorian of his senior class in 1982, he delivered a speech about overpopulation and pollution. His solution to those existential threats, according to Stone’s book, was to send civilization to space.

″[Bezos] wants to build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the earth,” a write-up of Bezos’ speech by the Miami Herald said. Then, it said, he would turn around and preserve Earth as one massive, national park.

Bezos has long been obsessed with science fiction about space travel

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Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of “Star Trek Beyond” in 2016.

Bezos’ love of science fiction – particularly “Star Trek” – is evident in many of his business pursuits. During the early days of Amazon, he considered naming the company “MakeItSo.com,” a reference to a line from “Star Trek” character Captain Jean-Luc Picard.

Bezos played the role of an alien in the 2016 film “Star Trek Beyond,” and at Blue Origin’s headquarters in Kent, Washington, there’s a model of the Starship Enterprise, the spaceship in the original “Star Trek” movies, according to Stone’s book.

To top it all off, Amazon’s arguably most popular product was inspired by “Star Trek” too. According to Stone’s book, beginning in the early 2010s, Bezos started talking about wanting to build a computer that worked like a personal assistant and could answer any question – that wish became Amazon’s Echo devices, which are powered by the Alexa smart assistant.

Bezos has traveled to the bottom of the ocean to retrieve pieces of Apollo 11

In 2013, Bezos, his brother, his brother-in-law, and his parents spent three weeks at sea recovering pieces of the engine of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which took the first humans to the moon.

“We’ve seen an underwater wonderland – an incredible sculpture garden of twisted F-1 engines that tells the story of a fiery and violent end, one that serves testament to the Apollo program,” Bezos wrote of the experience.

After being sent to conservationists, the artifacts were installed at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Bezos stepped aside as Amazon CEO in favor of spending more time working on Blue Origin

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When Bezos announced in February that he would step down as CEO of Amazon, he said he planned to spend more time on philanthropy, as well as his two other major endeavors: The Washington Post, which he purchased 2013, and Blue Origin.

But Bezos had hinted years earlier that space travel was rapidly becoming his focus.

“I get increasing conviction with every passing year that Blue Origin, the space company, is the most important work that I’m doing,” he said in 2018 during an interview with Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner. (Axel Springer is Insider’s parent company.)

Bezos added that he believes if he doesn’t pursue space travel, “we will eventually end up with a civilization of stasis,” which he said he finds “demoralizing.” It’s his generation’s role, he said, to lower the barrier of entry to space travel.

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Paramount Plus starts at just $5 a month, but you’ll need the more expensive plan to get live CBS

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Paramount Plus is one of the most affordable streaming services available. On June 7, the platform dropped the price of its ad-supported plan from $6/month to $5/month.

The service offers a growing collection of original series and films, like a “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and spinoff show, several “Star Trek” series, and a reboot of the popular Nickelodeon show iCarly.

Paramount Plus also has live CBS sports, with content for soccer fans like UEFA Champions League, Europa League, and the National Women’s Soccer League. Golf enthusiasts will find live events including the Masters and the PGA Championship. In addition, NFL and SEC football games that air on CBS are available on Paramount Plus.

Access to your local CBS station is also included, but only with the Premium Plan for $10 a month. If you sign up for Paramount Plus now, you can get a seven-day free trial.

Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch. For full impressions on the service, check out our Paramount Plus review.

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is a subscription streaming service from ViacomCBS. The service replaced the company’s previous platform, CBS All Access, on March 4.

The rebranded service promises an expansion of its predecessor’s on-demand lineup. Paramount Plus plans to add 2,500 movies by the end of summer 2021, according to a press release.

Like its predecessor, Paramount Plus also offers live access to your local CBS network, but this option is only available with the Premium Plan.

Paramount Plus includes programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel. New and classic movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM are included as well. The library also features Paramount Plus originals you won’t find anywhere else.

When does Paramount Plus launch?

Paramount Plus launched in the US, Canada, and Latin America on March 4.

Nordic countries received Paramount Plus on March 25, while Australia and New Zealand are expected to get the streaming service on August 11.

How much does Paramount Plus cost?

Paramount Plus offers two plans: an ad-supported “Essential Plan” for $5 a month ($50 a year) and an ad-free “Premium Plan” for $10 a month ($100 a year). The annual plans end up saving you about 16% compared to the month-to-month options.

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Both plans feature access to the platform’s on-demand library, but the Essential Plan is subject to commercial interruptions when streaming on-demand programs.

The Premium Plan steps things up with ad-free streaming of on-demand content, and it adds live access to your local CBS station. That said, live CBS streaming still features regular commercial breaks.

What happens if I subscribed to the original Limited-Commercial Plan?

The new Paramount Plus Essential Plan is a replacement for the Limited-Commercial Plan. The Limited-Commercial Plan cost $6 a month and was discontinued on June 7.

The new Essential Plan saves subscribers $1 a month but there is one key drawback. The Essential Plan is missing live CBS while the Limited-Commercial Plan included that feature.

Existing subscribers to the discontinued Limited-Commercial Plan will continue to pay the original $6/month rate unless they unsubscribe and resubscribe to Paramount Plus. These members also get to keep access to their live CBS network as long as they don’t cancel their existing subscription.

Does Paramount Plus offer a free trial?

Paramount Plus offers a seven-day free trial for new members.

You can also get 25% off Paramount Plus if you’re a student at a US college or university. This offer is only available for the monthly ad-supported plan. Students are eligible for the discount for a span of four years.

What devices can I use to watch Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus is compatible with the following devices:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • Portal TV
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Vizio TVs
  • LG TVs
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series S
  • Xbox Series X
  • Xfinity Flex

Can you stream Paramount Plus in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR?

Select Paramount Plus titles are available to watch in 4K, HDR10, HDR10+, and Dolby Vision. These formats are only available to subscribers of the Premium Plan ($10/month), and are not supported on the cheaper Essential Plan ($5/month).

Shows available in these advanced video formats are marked with “badges” on their title pages, while movies that support these formats mention them in their description boxes.

Paramount Plus supports streaming in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 on the following devices:

  • Select Roku models
  • Amazon Fire TV (Stick 4K, Cube)
  • Select Android TV models
  • Apple TV 4K

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Paramount Plus is essentially an expansion of CBS All Access.

CBS All Access members that had active subscriptions automatically transitioned over to Paramount Plus on March 4, enabling them to use their same account information. The CBS All Access app automatically switched to Paramount Plus as well. This means you get all the same content that was on CBS All Access, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles.

That said, Paramount Plus introduced a new ad-supported Essential Plan in June, and it does differ slightly from the original CBS All Access Limited-Commercial Plan it replaces. The Essential Plan costs $1 less each month, but it no longer offers live CBS streaming.

New members who want to access live CBS streaming on Paramount Plus need to have the Premium Plan. Those who were still subscribed to the Limited-Commercial Plan when it was discontinued, however, can keep live CBS streaming as long as they don’t cancel their membership.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers access to classic and original programs from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS. The Premium Plan also adds access to your local CBS network.

The service will be home to brand-new movies, including Paramount’s upcoming theatrical releases 30 to 45 days after they debut on the big screen. This means you’ll be able to stream “A Quiet Place II” later this month while it’s still in theaters. “Snake Eyes,” “PAW Patrol: The Movie,” and “Mission: Impossible 7” are other major movies coming to the streaming service in 2021 and 2022.

Older films are also included. The service launched with movies from popular franchises like “Indiana Jones” and “Star Trek.” The streaming service will add more than 2,500 films by the end of summer 2021.

New Paramount Plus originals set for release over the next two years include “Halo,” a show based on the video game series of the same name, and “Y:1883,” a prequel to the popular show “Yellowstone.” If nautical nonsense is something you’re after, a new animated series “Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years” is available to stream now.

Originals that initially premiered on CBS All Access also remain available, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Stand.”

You can find a full breakdown of new Paramount Plus movies and shows here.

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