I felt a little relieved when CBS All Access became Paramount+. The reason was not just because I liked the name better, but also because of the guaranteed expanded video library. Its predecessor, although cool enough, did not have some of my favorites of mine, meaning I had to use another app.
Now with Paramount+, upcoming blockbuster movies are made available on the streaming platform days after they premiere in theaters, including A Quiet Place 2 and Mission: Impossible 7.
Keep reading to find out more about this exciting streaming service.
- About the Paramount+ App
- Features of the App
- What’s Included on Paramount+
- Multiple Profiles and Kids Mode
- How to Use the Paramount+ App
- Subscription Packages
About the Paramount+ App
The Paramount+ app gives you access to all the entertainment you enjoy in the ViacomCBS network. It offers a variety of content from films to news, dramas, cartoons, and comedies, and lots of original content.
Owned and operated by ViacomCBS Streaming, which is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS itself, Paramount+ is an American subscription video-on-demand streaming service.
As early as February 2021, it has more than 8 million subscribers and on the Google Play Store, the app has over 10 million installs.
The app makes it possible to stream live content, offline watching where you can download your favorites to watch later, and many other features.
How to Download the App
To download, go to the Google Play Store for Android devices or the App Store for iOS devices.
Android users can find the app by searching “Paramount+” on the Google Play Store and selecting the correct result to arrive on its app page. From there, click 'Install' to download to your device.
For iOS users, go to the App Store and searched for “Paramount+”. Then select the correct result to go to its installation page. From there, click on the 'Get' button to download the app onto your device.
Features of the App
The best feature Paramount+ has is its thousands of movie and tv options across a variety of different channels, breaking the previous limitation of CBS-only content.
Streaming options include sports programs like the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, news programs, original shows, children's series and programs, and much more.
Some of this programming cannot be found anywhere else. Relax and stream, or if you’d prefer, binge-watch your old favorites and new content all in one place.
Live Events Stream
Sometimes you just can't wait 24 hours to stream your favorite show or sports match. With the Paramount+ app's live stream feature, you get to watch some of your popular shows and programs as they air. Before you get too excited, this feature has a “but” attached to it.
The live stream feature is only available to four channels of live TV, but rest assured, you still get to live stream awesome, can't miss events like the Grammy Awards, NCAA March Madness, The Master's Tournament, and more.
The four channels include your local CBS station (including the NFL), 24/7 news coverage from CBSN, live scores + highlights on CBS Sports HQ, and 24/7 entertainment news on ET Live.
What’s Included on Paramount+
The new Paramount+ is not limited to the shows aired on the CBS network. Following the merging of Viacom and CBS in 2019, we have and are going to have access to all the content that ViacomCBS has to offer.
That includes shows from channels like BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian, among others.
Movies and series like Star Trek: Picard, Why Women Kill, NCIS, are also included, and favorites like iCarly and Sam and Cat. There are tons of other genres and series waiting for you to explore.
All y our favorite CBS and Viacom original content can be found on the Paramount+ app, giving you a huge library of exclusive content to continue watching, on-demand, at any time, from anywhere!
This gives the Paramount+ app a huge advantage over other streaming platforms whose production houses are newly launched.
With CBS, Viacom, and Paramount's long histories in the film and television world, you know you have an enormous amount of content in the palm of your hand.
Multiple Profiles and Kids Mode
You can create up to six profiles for every member in your house with the same subscription that each keep track of separately viewed content, and provide unique recommendations for each profile. Steaming is allowed on three devices at one time.
Worried about your kid's streaming activity? I mean I don’t have kids yet, but when I do, I would love to give them access to the shows they love without worrying about them coming across content that is not age-appropriate for them.
Thankfully, Paramount+ keeps kids in mind and makes kid-friendly content secure so you don't have to worry about them viewing age-inappropriate shows without supervision.
With the multiple profile creation, you can achieve this easily but designating a profile entirely to them and configuring it to the Kids Mode.
Offline Viewing Feature
Do you have a somewhat unstable internet or WiFi connection? The Paramount+ app comes with the ability to download movies or shows and watch them later without an internet connection.
The offline download and watch later feature is only available when you subscribe to the Commercial Free plan. I'll explain more about Paramount+'s subscription plans later in this post.
How to Use the Paramount+ App
If you have used CBS All Access before, the interface and navigation are basically the same, and streaming movies are largely the same with the layout.
If you have not, however, do not fret. The app is easy to navigate and even though it has tons of movies, you can easily search for a movie you want to stream by clicking the search icon. You can find this icon on the navigation bar right at the bottom.
If you do not have any particular movie or show in mind the home page would offer you lots of suggestions from your selections or featured shows.
Saved movies and shows can also be accessed from the “More” icon in the navigation bar and Live TV is also accessible from the navigation bar as well.
Chromecast Feature and Compatibility
Sometimes watching from your iPad, mobile phone, or laptop just won’t cut it and you want to use a larger screen to satisfy your movie viewing. With the Chromecast feature enabled, you can connect your device to your smart TVs and enjoy the content from a larger screen.
You can use and download the app on smart TVs like Apple TV, Roku, Samsung TV, Vizio TV, LG TV, and Amazon Fire TV Stick, and use it on other TVs that support Chromecast.
Further compatibility includes consoles like PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Series X, and Xfinity Flex.
The subscription packages for the Paramount+ App come in two variants just like its predecessor did. They are the Limited Commercials plan and the Commercial Free plan.
As you can surmise from the names of the plans, each one involves a different level of advertisements during streaming. And of course, the prices vary. The Limited Commercials plan is $5.99 per month or $62 annually.
While the Commercial Free plan goes for $9.99 per month and $100 per year. Paying upfront for the yearly plan is more economical, but you may want to try out a couple of months first to know if you would want to settle.
Free Trial and New Plan News
Even more good news is that there is a 7-day free trial to test out the platform before opting to purchase a subscription plan. Initially, there was also a 30-day free trial, but we are out of luck.
If you’d prefer to try out the free trial first, you can afterward go to the Paramount+ website to select and subscribe to a plan that suits you.
There is news that a new subscription plan will become available in June. This plan is said to go for $4.99 and will replace the Limited Commercials plan. It also won't include access to local CBS programming. You can check out the Paramount+ website for more details on the upcoming plan.
With the rebranded and revolutionized Paramount+ app, you can view your favorite ViacomCBS shows all in one place, whenever and wherever you want. For fans of shows like Survivor, Spongebob Squarepants, The Challenge, and many more television favorites, the Paramount+ app is the place to be.
For film buffs, take advantage of Paramount's massive movie library spanning over 109 years of movie magic, accessible from your mobile phone, tablet, laptop, or smart TV. With features like child profiles, offline viewing, and device compatibility, this streaming platform is a premium choice.