Paramount+ ad-free set for $9.99 monthly, ad-supported for $4.99

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in General Discussion edited February 25
The forthcoming Paramount+ streaming service will launch with two prices, one of which is an advertising-supported version whose monthly cost has been reduced to match that of Apple TV+.

Credit: ViacomCBS
Credit: ViacomCBS


As previously reported, ViacomCBS will launch its rebranded CBS All Access under the name Paramount+ on March 4. Executives have now also revealed how they are re-pricing the new service, including decreasing the cost of the lower-price tier.

According to Deadline, Tom Ryan, president and CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming, says what he calls the base tier will be "an incredible value" at $4.99 per month. "To quote a line from a CBS classic, the price is right," he said.

For that price, Ryan said users will get "the full spectrum of the Paramount+ experience." It will include current seasons of CBS shows, "a massive portion" of archive programming, plus news and live sports.

Paramount+ is adding more shows than CBS All Access, had, but that predecessor service started at $5.99 per month. Dropping the cost to $4.99 means Paramount+ price matches Apple TV+, and also more significantly undercuts the $6.99 per month of Disney+.

Unlike those services, though, the base Paramount+ will include advertising. To remove the ads, users will need to buy the premium tier, which is now revealed to cost $9.99 per month.

As well as removing advertising, the more expensive tier will add an unspecified amount of "even more CBS Sports." There will also be more news and live TV content, though again Ryan did not specify any details.

Alluding to Paramount's famous logo, Ryan did say that premium subscribers would see their "mountain of entertainment... get even taller."

According to ViacomCBS, in total, its various global streaming services have over 30 million subscribers. The company achieved that number over seven years since its launch, where Disney+ hit 94.9 million subscribers in 15 months.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 19
    Paying to have ads. What idiot thinks that is going to work? I imagine this will change in the near future.
    lkruppdavgreg
  • Reply 2 of 19
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,562member
    I'm on my second run with CBS All Access/soon to be Paramount+.
    Last year, I subscribed monthly for three months to watch all the new Star Trek content and a few other things. It was worth the extra $12 to have no commercials.
    I just now subscribed to a full year of the no-commercial tier for $50. They are offering that promo for subscribing for a full year before Paramount+ launches next month.
    comcastsucksn2itivguychrisr2sf
  • Reply 3 of 19
    jcs2305jcs2305 Posts: 1,165member
    acejax805 said:
    Paying to have ads. What idiot thinks that is going to work? I imagine this will change in the near future.
    Hulu has charged with ads for years @ $5.99 a month. Peacock is now the same as well. Peacock Free is 7,500 hrs of content with 5mins per hour of ads. Peacock premium is $4.99 a month with more than 15,000 of content and the same 5mins per hour of adds. They both offer no ad plans but those come with the higher cost.
  • Reply 4 of 19
    mike1mike1 Posts: 2,562member
    jcs2305 said:
    acejax805 said:
    Paying to have ads. What idiot thinks that is going to work? I imagine this will change in the near future.
    Hulu has charged with ads for years @ $5.99 a month. Peacock is now the same as well. Peacock Free is 7,500 hrs of content with 5mins per hour of ads. Peacock premium is $4.99 a month with more than 15,000 of content and the same 5mins per hour of adds. They both offer no ad plans but those come with the higher cost.

    I believe Paramount is at least offering the same content regardless of whether or not you pay for the ad-free tier. Peacock may wind up offering more content at the lower tier. Let's face it. Everyone's content is now or will soon be exclusive to their own service, so you'll pay for what you want to watch. I'm not going to pay for Peacock because it's less expensive if the content I want to see is on Disney+, for example.
    n2itivguy
  • Reply 5 of 19
    mike1 said:
    I'm on my second run with CBS All Access/soon to be Paramount+.
    Last year, I subscribed monthly for three months to watch all the new Star Trek content and a few other things. It was worth the extra $12 to have no commercials.
    I just now subscribed to a full year of the no-commercial tier for $50. They are offering that promo for subscribing for a full year before Paramount+ launches next month.
    Thanks for mentioning that. I'm iffy on Paramount+ for $100 but I'm in for $50 for the first year. I signed up as soon as I finished reading your post. Feel free to call Paramount and demand a commission from my purchase.
    Japhey
  • Reply 6 of 19
    [Update] It appears Paramount+ will include all of their properties under one “brand/roof/service.” (Just in case others also wondered: https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/heres-everything-viacomcbs-just-announced-is-coming-to-paramount-2b/ar-BB1dZzOO)

    Didn’t see if Showtime would be part of Paramount+ in the article. Will go searching for that info.
    edited February 25
  • Reply 7 of 19
    lkrupplkrupp Posts: 8,890member
    I wonder how many actually subscribe to these ad-supported tiers. As the first post lamented, “Paying to have ads?” 
    StrangeDaysdavgreg
  • Reply 8 of 19
    mike1 said:
    I'm on my second run with CBS All Access/soon to be Paramount+.
    Last year, I subscribed monthly for three months to watch all the new Star Trek content and a few other things. It was worth the extra $12 to have no commercials.
    I just now subscribed to a full year of the no-commercial tier for $50. They are offering that promo for subscribing for a full year before Paramount+ launches next month.
    You beat me to it. At $50 for the year for the non ads version (discounted from $100 with code PARAMOUNTPLUS if purchased before 3/3/21), that's $4.17 a month average cost. The Ad version would be $30 for the year (discounted from $60 with same codes) or $2.50 a month average cost.
    edited February 25
  • Reply 9 of 19
    M68000M68000 Posts: 324member
    lkrupp said:
    I wonder how many actually subscribe to these ad-supported tiers. As the first post lamented, “Paying to have ads?” 
    I have the Hulu $5.99 plan with ads and enjoy it.  I also pay for NHL TV that has ads on it it.  Totally enjoy how they do hockey and find it’s a great value.  I guess I’m an “idiot”, but at least I enjoy it.  That said,  there is a limit that most consumers can spend on all these new streaming services.  Will be interesting to watch who the winners are with the streaming market.   TV is “chewing gum for the eyes” -  so many other ways to spend time which are better.   But, it does have it’s value.
    edited February 25
  • Reply 10 of 19
    I’ll be interested to see what happens to the CBS/Showtime bundle in tv Channels. Most of Showtime will not be absorbed into Paramount+, so if they don’t continue the bundle, then I’ll probably drop Showtime until there’s something new I want to watch on it.
    edited February 25 llamalibertykrs
  • Reply 11 of 19
    Don't forget the Disney+ price is increasing to $7.99/month starting March 7, I believe. 
  • Reply 12 of 19
    mike1 said:
    I'm on my second run with CBS All Access/soon to be Paramount+.
    Last year, I subscribed monthly for three months to watch all the new Star Trek content and a few other things. It was worth the extra $12 to have no commercials.
    I just now subscribed to a full year of the no-commercial tier for $50. They are offering that promo for subscribing for a full year before Paramount+ launches next month.
    Is there a link because the code doesn’t work for me 
  • Reply 13 of 19
    sdw2001sdw2001 Posts: 17,385member
    I have Apple TV (free until July now), Netflix (premium tier $17.99), Prime ($129.00 a year I think, which obviously includes shipping options), HBO Max (free with my phone) and YouTube TV ($65/month).   Sorry Paramount...I'm not paying you another $60 a year for ad-supported titles, or $120.00 a year for no ads.  And from what I read, they aren't including the original and TNG Star Trek movies, at least at the outset.  Dealbreaker.  
  • Reply 14 of 19
    I’ll be interested to see what happens to the CBS/Showtime bundle in tv Channels. Most of Showtime will not be absorbed into Paramount+, so if they don’t continue the bundle, then I’ll probably drop Showtime until there’s something new I want to watch on it.
    Agree - currently have the CBS/Showtime bundle for $9.99/month - basically buy-one, get-one free.  Wonder what will happen to this Apple TV Channels bundle?
  • Reply 15 of 19
    I’ll be interested to see what happens to the CBS/Showtime bundle in tv Channels. Most of Showtime will not be absorbed into Paramount+, so if they don’t continue the bundle, then I’ll probably drop Showtime until there’s something new I want to watch on it.
    Agree - currently have the CBS/Showtime bundle for $9.99/month - basically buy-one, get-one free.  Wonder what will happen to this Apple TV Channels bundle?
    I found an article that mentioned that Showtime would be available as an add-on to Paramount+, but I haven't seen any pricing.
  • Reply 16 of 19
    jcs2305 said:
    acejax805 said:
    Paying to have ads. What idiot thinks that is going to work? I imagine this will change in the near future.
    Hulu has charged with ads for years @ $5.99 a month. Peacock is now the same as well. Peacock Free is 7,500 hrs of content with 5mins per hour of ads. Peacock premium is $4.99 a month with more than 15,000 of content and the same 5mins per hour of adds. They both offer no ad plans but those come with the higher cost.
    Yeah it's a big no from us -- no way are we going to pay to sit in front of non-skippable ads. In regular TV you can change the channel, not in these apps. Funk dat.
  • Reply 17 of 19
    jcs2305jcs2305 Posts: 1,165member
    jcs2305 said:
    acejax805 said:
    Paying to have ads. What idiot thinks that is going to work? I imagine this will change in the near future.
    Hulu has charged with ads for years @ $5.99 a month. Peacock is now the same as well. Peacock Free is 7,500 hrs of content with 5mins per hour of ads. Peacock premium is $4.99 a month with more than 15,000 of content and the same 5mins per hour of adds. They both offer no ad plans but those come with the higher cost.
    Yeah it's a big no from us -- no way are we going to pay to sit in front of non-skippable ads. In regular TV you can change the channel, not in these apps. Funk dat.
    I don't like this it either. It has been my gripe with Hulu for years. B)

    My answer was for the OP's "What idiot thinks that is going to work" comment as if no one has ever tried to charge with ads with a streaming service? Hulu has been around for years with this same model and it has worked. Same now with Peacock. For some folks the $5.00 or $6.00 increase isn't worth it and they are willing to deal with short ads instead.




  • Reply 18 of 19
    chrisr2sf said:
    Is there a link because the code doesn’t work for me 
    Ugh....it right there on the front page of https://www.paramountplus.com/ . PARAMOUNTPLUS 
  • Reply 19 of 19
    I do not want a bundle and we seem to have completed phase 2 of the transition.
    Cable and Satellite are in heavy decline and the pioneer streamers are morphing to captive streamers of the content producers.

    Somewhere downstream we will see a shakeout/consolidation. Nobody is going to sign up/pay for all this crap. And the prices of each are likely to creep up as they test price resistance. They are determined you will not get a skinny bundle. And no I will not pay for an ad supported streaming service. Ad free is worth paying for.

    Notice they kept Showtime out of the bundle. 

    With Paramount I see a lot of tired channels (Viacom’s Comedy Central, BET, MTV, VH1, CMT, etc that are way past relevance) and CBS and a limited library of Paramount movies. The older Paramount titles from the Golden Age of Hollywood belong to AT&T’s Warner Media, going way back to Ted Turner’s Turner Broadcasting prior to the Turner/Time-Warner merger.

    And the CBS brand is bigger and more well known than Paramount. Just saying we are not dealing with the brightest bulbs here.
    edited February 26
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