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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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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On March 4, ViacomCBS rebranded its CBS All Access streaming service. The expanded service is now called Paramount Plus. You can sign up for as low as $6 a month for ad-supported streaming.

Paramount Plus offers a handful of new original series and films, like a “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and a spinoff show. More exclusive programs are set for release in the coming months including “Why Women Kill” season two on June 3.

The service also has live CBS sports, including UEFA Champions League and Europa League action. 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 while maintaining access to live CBS networks (with the premium plan) and sports. ViacomCBS announced that the rebrand features the addition of at least 10,000 TV episodes.

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 an ad-supported plan for $6 a month ($60 a year) and a premium plan for $10 a month ($100 a year). The premium plan includes live CBS playback with commercials, along with ad-free streaming for on-demand content.

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Beginning in June, Paramount Plus will replace the current ad-supported plan with a cheaper option for $5 a month. It should be noted, however, that the new ad-supported plan will not include live streaming for your local CBS network. For live CBS access, you’ll need the premium plan.

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
  • Xbox
  • Xfinity Flex

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Paramount Plus is essentially an expansion of CBS All Access.

Former CBS All Access members 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. This means you get all the same content offered from CBS All Access, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles.

That said, Paramount Plus will be introducing a new ad-supported plan in June, and it does differ from the old CBS All Access ad-supported plan in one key area. Though the new Paramount Plus base plan will cost $1 less each month, it will no longer offer live CBS streaming. You’ll need to have the premium plan in order to keep live CBS.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers access to live CBS streaming and a ton of on-demand content. You can watch classic and original programs from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS.

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 includes major titles like “A Quiet Place 2” and “Mission: Impossible 7.” Older films will also be included. The service launched with over 2,500 titles, including movies from popular franchises like “Indiana Jones” and “Star Trek.”

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” began streaming on March 4.

Existing CBS All Access exclusives 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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Bill Hwang lost around $20 billion in 2 days when his Archegos fund imploded, report says

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Bill Hwang’s Archegos Capital Management imploded in March.

Bill Hwang built up a fortune of around $20 billion through savvy investments, but then lost it all in 2 days in March as his Archegos investment fund imploded after some of his bets went awry, a report has said.

Hwang, an alumnus of famed hedge fund Tiger Management, took around $200 million in 2013 and turned it into a $20 billion net worth by betting successfully on technology stocks, Bloomberg said in the most detailed look at Archegos’ finances yet.

But it all came crashing down at the end of March when some of Hwang’s highly leveraged bets started to go wrong and his banks sold huge chunks of his investments. The sales knocked around $35 billion off the value of various US media and Chinese tech firms in a day.

Bloomberg reported that Hwang’s early investments through his Archegos Capital Management family office included Amazon, travel-booking company Expedia, LinkedIn and Netflix, the latter of which reaped a $1 billion payday. Bloomberg cited people familiar with Hwang’s investments.

Hwang’s bets at some point shifted towards a broader range of firms, in particular media conglomerates ViacomCBS and Discovery. He also loaded up on Chinese tech companies such as Baidu and GSX Techedu.

Archegos’ investments powered it to a strong final quarter of 2020, with many of the stocks it held jumping more than 30%.

But the ViacomCBS bet would become particularly problematic for Hwang. It started to tumble during the week starting March 22, causing Archegos’ prime brokers – the major banks who lent it money and processed its trades – to demand more money as collateral, known in the business as a margin call.

With Hwang unable to put up the cash, Morgan Stanley sold around $5 billion of Archegos’ holdings at a discount, according to Bloomberg. Goldman then followed suit, selling billions of dollars of companies’ stock.

Some banks weren’t so fast, however, with Credit Suisse and Nomura left nursing estimated losses of $4.7 billion and $2 billion respectively.

A key reason that Hwang’s wealth collapsed so spectacularly is that he used large amounts of leverage. That is, Archegos borrowed lots of money to fund his investments, meaning it faced large losses when they went bad.

Gerard Cassidy, US bank analyst at RBC Capital Markets, told Insider in March: “Leverage is always a two-edged sword. In a bull market when prices are rising it enhances your returns. And then in a falling market, like you just saw in this particular case, it cuts your head off.”

Archegos was unavailable for comment but spokesperson Karen Kessler told Reuters at the end of March: “This is a challenging time for the family office of Archegos Capital Management, our partners and employees.”

“All plans are being discussed as Mr. Hwang and the team determine the best path forward,” she said.

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Goldman beat Nomura to the punch during the Archegos liquidation – and then downgraded the Japanese bank’s stock

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  • Goldman Sachs managed to sell its Archegos positions quicker than others, including Nomura.
  • Its analysts then downgraded Nomura’s stock after the Japanese bank flagged a potential $2 billion hit.
  • One market analyst said the Archegos affair showed the “cutthroat nature of the business.”
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Goldman Sachs was quicker than its rivals at offloading billions of dollars of stock held by the imploding investment fund Archegos. Japanese banking giant Nomura wasn’t so fast, according to reports, and is facing losses of around $2 billion in one of its arms.

Now, Goldman analysts have downgraded Nomura’s shares, pronouncing on Tuesday: “We now think upside for the stock looks limited.”

The analysts, led by Shinichiro Nakamura, also lowered their earnings forecasts for Nomura, saying: “We assume the company would look to adopt a generally more risk-focused or cautious approach.”

The major banks that lent to Archegos Capital Management tried to reach an agreement last week when it became clear that Bill Hwang’s fund was struggling to come up with cash to cover its bets, according to reports in the Financial Times and Bloomberg.

Yet those talks broke down, the reports said, and Goldman started selling huge blocks of Archegos’ holdings in companies such as ViacomCBS on Friday, causing stock prices to tumble.

Michael Brown, senior market analyst at Caxton FX, said it was a case of “every bank for themselves.” He added: “Unsurprisingly, [any agreement] quickly fell apart, such is the cut-throat nature of the business.”

On Monday, it became clear Nomura had not been fast enough when it said it was facing “a significant loss arising from transactions with a US client.”

Goldman, itself the heart of the action, swiftly downgraded Nomura’s stock from “buy” to “neutral” on Tuesday.

“We lower our [earnings] estimates given Nomura’s March 29 disclosure that it could book losses/provisions [of] approximately $2 billion,” the analyst said.

Nomura Holdings was down around 19% for the week on Wednesday at 581 Japanese yen, roughly $5.25. Goldman’s new 12-month target price is 630 yen.

Goldman said that if losses in the bank’s prime brokerage business rise to $3-$4 billion, “we would see a possibility that the company could rein in shareholder distributions.”

Nomura and Goldman Sachs both declined to comment.

JPMorgan now reckons the losses at certain banks involved with Archegos, such as Nomura and Credit Suisse, could be as high as $10 billion.

A person with knowledge of the situation said Goldman had “proactively managed” its risk and that its losses were “immaterial.”

Brown said: “For now, it’s a point to GS in this one.”

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Something weird just went down in the stock market, and Wall Street is speculating it’s the result of a fund liquidation

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  • A selling spree on Wall Street erased $35 billion from the values of stocks of major companies Friday.
  • The selloff appears to be in part the result of the “forced liquidation of positions” held by Archegos Capital Management, CNBC reported.
  • Goldman Sachs liquidated $10.5 billion worth of stocks in block trades, Bloomberg reported.
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A selling spree erased $35 billion from the stock values of major Chinese tech and US media companies Friday, and Wall Street is speculating it was in part driven by the forced liquidation of an investment firm’s holdings.

Shares of ViacomCBS and Discovery fell as much as 35% Friday, while US-listed shares of China’s Baidu, Tencent Music, Vipshop and others also plunged this week. The selloff came as the broader US market ended the week higher, with the Dow closing up over 450 points, buoyed by optimism over the pace of coronavirus vaccinations.

The selloff in the Chinese internet ADRs and US media shares was in part due to the “forced liquidation of positions” held by Archegos Capital Management, CNBC reported, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Archegos describes itself as a family investment office focusing on equity investments primarily in the US, China, Japan, Korea and Europe. Archegos is run by Bill Hwang, the founder of the now defunct Tiger Asia Management. Hwang’s fund is “known for employing leverage,” IPO Edge reported.

The group did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment and its website appeared to be offline on Saturday.

Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley liquidated large holdings this week, the news site IPO Edge was first to report, adding that the two investment banks have ties to Archegos. The move likely came after Archegos was unable to meet a margin call by an investment bank, CNBC and IPO Edge reported, citing sources familiar with the matter.

Bloomberg reported Saturday that Goldman Sachs liquidated $10.5 billion worth of stocks in block trades, where banks look to find buyers for big stock positions. The block trades included $6.6 billion worth of shares of Baidu, Tencent and Vipshop before the US market opened on Friday morning, Bloomberg reported, citing an email to clients.

Goldman then sold $3.9 billion worth of shares in media giants ViacomCBS and Discovery, as well as luxury fashion retailer Farfetch, and others, according to the report.

Goldman Sachs did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Morgan Stanley also led share offerings on behalf of an undisclosed shareholder or shareholders, Bloomberg reported. Some of the trades exceeded $1 billion in individual companies, Bloomberg reported, citing its own data.

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  • The rebranded streaming service features original shows and movies from popular franchises.
  • Paramount Plus starts at $6 a month, and new members can get a one-month free trial.

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On March 4, ViacomCBS rebranded its CBS All Access streaming service. The expanded platform is now called Paramount Plus.

Paramount Plus offers a handful of new original series and films, like a “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and a spinoff show. More exclusive movies and shows are set for release in the coming months.

New releases include an “iCarly” reboot, a “Frasier” reboot, and a “Workaholics” movie. Big-screen Paramount movies, like “A Quiet Place 2,” will also stream on Paramount Plus after they debut in theaters. On last count, we found just over 90 original movies and shows out now or on their way to Paramount Plus.

The streaming service comes with an assortment of live sports broadcasting, too, whether you’re a fan of UEFA soccer action or want to catch your favorite NFL team on Sundays. You can also use the streaming service to watch primetime CBS interviews as they air on the network.

If you sign up now through the end of March, you can get one month of the service for free. Previous CBS All Access trials have been for one week, so take advantage of this extended offer while you can.

Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch.

What is Paramount Plus?

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

The rebranded platform promises to offer an expansion of its predecessor’s on-demand lineup while maintaining access to live CBS networks (with the premium plan) and sports content. 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 with the streaming service, as well. The library also features Paramount Plus originals you won’t find anywhere else.

The new streaming service keeps its predecessor’s huge catalog of classic shows and the rebrand signals a deeper dive into ViacomCBS’ library over the next year. ViacomCBS has previously announced that the rebrand includes the addition of at least 10,000 TV episodes.

When does Paramount Plus launch?

Paramount Plus launched in the US, Canada, and Latin America on March 4. Nordic countries will get Paramount Plus on March 25, while Australia is expected to get the streaming service later in 2021.

How much does Paramount Plus cost?

Paramount Plus launched with an ad-supported plan for $6 a month ($60 a year) along with a premium plan for $10 a month ($100 a year). The premium plan includes live CBS playback with commercials, along with ad-free streaming for on-demand content.

Beginning in June, Paramount Plus will replace the current ad-supported plan with a cheaper option for $5 a month. It should be noted, however, that the new ad-supported plan will not include live streaming for your local CBS network. For live CBS access, you’ll need the premium plan.

Does Paramount Plus offer a free trial?

If you sign up for Paramount Plus through the end of March, you’ll be able to get a one-month free trial. CBS All Access previously offered a one-week trial, so it’s not a bad idea to jump on this extended trial while you can.

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
  • Xbox
  • Xfinity Flex

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Paramount Plus is essentially an expansion of CBS All Access.

Former CBS All Access members 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. This means you’ll get all the same content offered from CBS All Access, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles.

With that said, Paramount Plus will be introducing a new ad-supported plan in June, and it does differ from the CBS All Access ad-supported plan in one key area. Though the Paramount Plus base plan will costs $1 less each month, it will no longer offer live CBS streaming. You’ll need to have the premium plan in order to keep live CBS access.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus offers access to live CBS streaming via its premium plan. It offers 50% more content than its predecessor in terms of on-demand TV episodes. You can expect to see original content from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS.

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 includes major titles like “A Quiet Place 2” and “Mission: Impossible 7.” Older films will also be included. At launch, the service features over 2,500 titles, including movies from popular franchises like “Indiana Jones,” “Star Trek,” and more.

New Paramount Plus originals set for release over the next two years will 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” began streaming on March 4.

Fans of the classic “Godfather” movies will be happy to see “The Offer,” a limited event series based on the making of the movie. There is also a reboot of MTV’s “The Real World” out now. Other upcoming reboots include MTV’s “Behind the Music,” BET’s “The Game,” Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Rugrats,” and a “Criminal Minds”-inspired docuseries called “The Real Criminal Minds.”

Of course, existing CBS All Access exclusives will also remain available, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Stand.”

Time will tell how Paramount Plus stacks up to similar streaming services, like Disney Plus and HBO Max. But, if you can lock in a plan with a one-month trial before the end of March, this deal alone could make this a very appealing streaming option.

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  • CBS All Access will become Paramount Plus on March 4.
  • The expanded streaming service will feature more shows, new movies, live sports, and CBS content.
  • Before its launch, you can lock in one year of Paramount Plus for as little as $30.

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ViacomCBS is giving its CBS All Access streaming service an all-new look and an expanded lineup of shows and movies on March 4. The overhauled service will be called Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus will continue streaming live CBS (on the premium plan) while also offering new original series and films, like a “SpongeBob Squarepants” movie and a spinoff show. Upcoming Paramount movies, like “A Quiet Place 2,” will also stream exclusively on Paramount Plus after they debut in theaters.

There will also be an assortment of live sports, whether you’re a fan of UEFA soccer action or want to catch your favorite NFL team on Sundays.

The rebrand will take place on March 4, and you can get 50% off a one-year subscription if you sign up for CBS All Access before that date. Just use the code “PARAMOUNTPLUS” at checkout when you subscribe. The discount brings the price of an annual limited-commercial plan down to just $30, while the annual commercial-free plan comes out to $50.

Starting March 4, Paramount Plus (formerly CBS All Access) will cost $10 a month or $100 a year for the commercial-free plan. A new limited-commercial option will be added in June for $5 a month. 

Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch.

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus will be the new name for CBS All Access starting March 4.

The rebranded CBS All Access will offer an expansion of the streaming service’s current on-demand lineup while maintaining access to live CBS networks (with the premium plan) and sports content. The streaming service will include programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel.

New and classic movies from Paramount, Miramax, and MGM will be included as well. The library will also feature Paramount Plus originals you won’t find anywhere else.

The new streaming service will keep its predecessor’s huge catalog of classic shows and the rebrand will signal a dive into more of ViacomCBS’ library over the next year. ViacomCBS has previously announced that the rebrand will include the addition of at least 10,000 TV episodes.

When does Paramount Plus launch?

If you’re in the US, Canada, or Latin America, you can start watching Paramount Plus on March 4. Nordic countries will get Paramount Plus on March 25, while Australia is expected to get the streaming service later in 2021.

How much does Paramount Plus cost?

On March 4, Paramount Plus will launch with a premium plan for $10 a month or $100 a year. The premium plan includes live CBS playback with commercials, along with ad-free streaming for on-demand content. 

Beginning in June, Paramount Plus will add a cheaper ad-supported plan for $5 a month. It should be noted, however, that the new ad-supported plan will not include live streaming for your local CBS network. For live CBS access, you’ll need the premium plan. 

Customers who sign up for CBS All Access before it becomes Paramount Plus on March 4 can lock in a special discounted annual rate. If you enter the code “PARAMOUNTPLUS” at checkout through the Paramount Plus website, you can get one year of the ad-supported plan for $30, or one year of the commercial-free plan for $50. The deal expires today at 11:59 p.m. GMT.

What devices can I use to watch Paramount Plus?

If the rebrand keeps the same devices that CBS All Access already supports, Paramount Plus subscribers can expect compatibility with the following devices:

  • iOS
  • Android
  • Chromecast
  • Roku
  • Apple TV
  • Fire TV
  • Samsung smart TVs
  • Vizio TVs
  • LG TVs
  • Playstation
  • Xbox
  • Portal TV
  • Xfinity Flex

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Paramount Plus will essentially be an expansion of CBS All Access. 

Current CBS All Access members will be transitioned over to Paramount Plus, enabling them to use their same account information. The CBS All Access app will automatically switch to Paramount Plus. This means you’ll get all the same content CBS All Access already offers, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles. 

With that said, the new Paramount Plus ad-supported plan won’t launch until June, and it does differ from the current CBS All Access ad-supported plan in one key area. Though the Paramount Plus base plan will costs $1 less each month, it will no longer offer live CBS streaming. You’ll need to have the premium plan in order to keep live CBS access.

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus will offer access to live CBS streaming via its premium plan. It will also offer 50% more content than its predecessor in terms of on-demand TV episodes. You can expect to see original content from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS.

The service will be home to brand-new movies, including all of Paramount’s upcoming theatrical releases 30 to 45 days after they debut on the big screen. This includes major titles like “A Quiet Place 2” and “Mission: Impossible 7.” Older films will also be included. At launch, the service will feature over 2,500 titles, including movies from popular franchises like “James Bond,” “Star Trek,” and more.

New Paramount Plus originals set for release over the next two years will 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 set to come out on March 4.

Fans of the classic “Godfather” movies will be happy to see “The Offer,” a limited event series based on the making of the movie. There will also be reboots of shows like MTV’s “Behind The Music” and “The Real World,” BET’s “The Game,” Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” and “Rugrats,” and a “Criminal Minds”-inspired docuseries called “The Real Criminal Minds.”

Of course, existing CBS All Access exclusives will also remain available, including “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard,” “The Twilight Zone,” and “The Stand.”

Time will tell how Paramount Plus stacks up to similar streaming services, like Disney Plus and HBO Max. But, if you can lock in the $30 or $50 deal for a one-year subscription before March 4, the low price alone could make this a very appealing streaming option.

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ViacomCBS is giving its CBS All Access streaming service an all-new look and an expanded lineup of shows and movies on March 4. The overhauled service will be called Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus promises to continue streaming live CBS while also offering new original series and movies, like “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run,” “The Offer,” and more. 

There will also be an assortment of live sports, whether you’re a fan of UEFA soccer action or want to catch your favorite NFL team on Sundays.

The rebrand will take place on March 4, and you can get 50% off a one-year subscription if you sign up before that date. Right now, you can subscribe to CBS All Access (soon to be Paramount Plus) for as little as $2.50 per month if you buy the annual limited-commercial subscription with the code “PARAMOUNTPLUS” at checkout. 

It’s unclear how much Paramount Plus will charge for an annual membership after March 3, so this deal is worth jumping on before it expires.

Below, we’ve detailed all the ins and outs of Paramount Plus, including pricing, release dates, and what you can expect to watch.

What is Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus will be the new name for CBS All Access starting March 4.

The rebranded CBS All Access will offer an expansion of the streaming service’s current on-demand lineup while maintaining access to all the live CBS local network and sports content subscribers already get. The streaming service will include programs from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV, and The Smithsonian Channel. From “Ridiculousness” to “The Daily Show,” there will be plenty to watch through Paramount Plus.

The increase of content will also mean new Paramount Plus originals, such as a reboot of Nickelodeon’s “iCarly” series and “Y:1883,” a prequel to the popular show “Yellowstone.” If nautical nonsense is something you wish, “Kamp Koral: Spongebob’s Under Years” is set to come out by the end of 2021. Of course, existing CBS All Access exclusives will also remain available, including “Star Trek: Discovery” and “The Stand.”

The new streaming service will also keep its predecessor’s huge catalog of classic shows and the rebrand will signal a dive into more of ViacomCBS’ library over the next year. ViacomCBS has previously announced that the rebrand will include the addition of at least 10,000 TV episodes.

When does Paramount Plus launch?

If you’re in the US or Latin America, you can start watching Paramount Plus on March 4. Additional regions are expected to be supported at a later date. 

How much does Paramount Plus cost?

CBS All Access currently costs $6 a month or $60 a years for the limited-commercial plan. For the commercial-free plan, you can pay $10 a month or $100 a year. Each plan comes with a free one-week trial. It’s unclear whether Paramount Plus will keep those prices once the rebrand launches on March 4.

With that said, customers who sign up for a CBS All Access subscription ahead of the transition can lock in a special discounted annual rate for Paramount Plus. If you enter the code “PARAMOUNTPLUS” at checkout through the Paramount Plus website, you can get one year of the limited-commercial plan for $30, or one year of the commercial-free plan for $50. That’s 50% off the regular annual rate.

ViacomCBS plans to reveal more about the Paramount Plus launch on February 24, but you can take advantage of this offer before then to lock in the discounted rate.

What devices can I use to watch Paramount Plus?

It’s unclear what devices Paramount Plus will support until ViacomCBS reveals more about the streaming service on February 24. 

If the rebrand keeps the same devices that CBS All Access already supports, subscribers can expect compatibility with smartphones, web browsers, Chromecast, Fire TV, Samsung smart TVs, Vizio TVs, LG TVs, Playstation 4, Xbox, and Roku.

How does Paramount Plus compare to CBS All Access?

Although it’s unclear what devices the new streaming service will support and what the cost for new members will be starting March 4, Paramount Plus will essentially be an expansion of CBS All Access.

It’s expected that current CBS All Access members will simply be transitioned over to Paramount Plus, enabling them to sign into the new app with their same account information. This means you’ll get all the same content CBS All Access already offers, along with brand-new shows and more classic titles. 

What can I watch on Paramount Plus?

Paramount Plus will offer access to live TV and sports games via CBS and CBS Sports. It will also offer existing subscribers 50% more content than its predecessor in terms of on-demand TV episodes. You can expect to see original content from the likes of Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Paramount Pictures, and CBS.

Fans of the classic “Godfather” movies will be happy to see “The Offer,” a limited event series based on the making of the movie. There will also be reboots of shows like MTV’s “Behind The Music,” BET’s “The Game,” and a “Criminal Minds”-inspired docuseries called “The Real Criminal Minds.”

Other series will include Star Trek-based content, like “Star Trek: Discovery” and “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,” along with a straight-to-video release of “The Spongebob Movie: Sponge On The Run.” 

Time will tell how Paramount Plus stacks up to similar streaming services, like Disney Plus and HBO Max. But, if you can lock in the $30 deal for a one-year subscription, the low price alone could make this a very appealing streaming option.

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