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Paramount Plus, the newest player on an increasingly crowded streaming landscape, is here. ViacomCBS Australia and New Zealand's subscription video-on-demand streaming service 10 All Access rebranded as Paramount Plus in August 2021 to align with the platform globally.
However, it's more sophisticated than just a rebrand. The launch of Paramount Plus has involved a rapid growth of its library with both new and legacy content. It has also become the home of Australian football after initially securing the A-League and W-League, plus some Socceroos and Matildas matches before adding the FA Cup in October 2021.
But is that enough to beat competitors? Here's the lowdown.
How much does Paramount Plus cost?
While 10 All Access has been priced at $9.99 a month, Paramount Plus is slightly cheaper at $8.99 a month in Australia. By way of comparison, Disney Plus now costs $11.99 a month, the cheapest Netflix plan is $10.99 a month while Stan and BINGE plans start at $10 a month.
Paramount Plus also comes with an annual subscription option that costs $89.99. If you choose this you can save $17.89 (16%) annually.
In the US, the service costs US$9.99 a month to stream ad-free. So it's actually cheaper to watch in Australia (hooray). The US has also recently added a US$4.99 a month plan that includes ads and limits the content available to watch. The ad-supported plan isn't available in Australia just yet.
Does Paramount Plus have a free trial?
Yes, Paramount Plus has a 7-day free trial for new users. We have a step-by-step guide to signing up to Paramount Plus if you need help.
What can I watch on Paramount Plus?
Paramount has stated that its Australian library will have "more than 20,000 episodes of hit shows and blockbuster movies", so a huge amount of content is now available. In addition to the entertainment library, Paramount Plus also streams live sport after landing a smorgasbord of Australian football.
The former 10 All Access library has migrated to Paramount Plus. That means entire seasons of NCIS, Madam Secretary or Elementary, as well as original series such as The Good Fight, The Twilight Zone, Tooning Out The News, Interrogation, Why Women Kill and Tell Me a Story.
The new platform also features movies from Paramount Pictures and premieres and box sets from subsidiaries such as Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Showtime, CBS, Sony Pictures Television, the Smithsonian Channel and Paramount Network. It is also reclaiming titles from competitors including Stan.
Blockbuster franchises such as The Godfather, The Dark Knight trilogy, The Lord of the Rings, Mission: Impossible, Indiana Jones and Transformers are also on the platform. On the TV shows front there are complete series of South Park, Catfish, Teen Mom, Dexter and all seasons of Survivor US. Kids get a whole lot of entertainment too, courtesy of Nickelodeon – including iCarly and Rugrats reboots.
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Originals and reboots
Paramount Plus has already premiered a slate of original titles, so there are things you can sample to get an idea for what's to come. Like Halo, the highly anticipated sci-fi series based on the popular video game franchise; Yellowstone prequel 1883; and crime drama Mayor of Kingstown. Australian shows are also streaming. Spreadsheet is a comedy about a single mum re-entering the dating scene, while More Than This is a drama exploring the unique challenges Aussie teens face.
Are you a Trekkie? Paramount Plus is the service for you. Star Trek: Discovery, which was previously on Netflix, is now exclusive to Paramount Plus. You can also watch Star Trek: Prodigy, the first Star Trek show targeted to kids. More series set in this universe will arrive in the future.
Additionally, ViacomCBS announced several original series for Paramount Plus in Australia. Spy drama Lioness will follow a young Marine recruited to befriend the daughter of a terrorist to bring the organisation down from within. The Offer will be a scripted series based on Oscar-winning producer Al Ruddy's extraordinary, never-revealed experiences of making The Godfather. The streamer is also bringing us more of Five Bedrooms. Season 2 and 3 can be streamed exclusively on Paramount Plus.
In early 2021, Paramount Plus announced a wide slate of upcoming original content set to premiere on the service in the following years. The list includes a Criminal Minds limited revival series and TV adaptations of classic movies Flashdance, Love Story, The Italian Job, Fatal Attraction and The Parallax View. We're also getting a Frasier revival with Kelsey Grammer.
Paramount Plus and Showtime
Paramount Plus is set to become the exclusive home of Showtime premieres in Australia. As mentioned, this is a blow to Stan, which was streaming Showtime series based on a long-running deal. Stan is likely to eventually lose the entire Showtime back catalogue, which includes popular series Yellowstone. Paramount Plus has already taken 15 shows from Stan.
Since launch, the streaming service has enjoyed a lot of success with Showtime revival Dexter: New Blood and survival thriller Yellowjackets. There's plenty more to come. Like hour-long drama The First Lady, a new Showtime series coming in April 2022. It stars Viola Davis as Michelle Obama. The show will focus on some of America's most charismatic and complex first ladies, with the freshman season featuring Eleanor Roosevelt and Betty Ford as well.
Paramount Plus football streaming
When we say Paramount Plus is the new home of Australian football we aren't exaggerating. All of the A-League, W-League, Socceroos and Matildas matches (excluding Olympics and World Cup) will call Paramount Plus home. Here's the full list of football content on Paramount Plus:
- Socceroos (excluding Olympics and World Cup matches)
- Matildas internationals (excluding Olympics and World Cup matches)
- FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Asian Qualifiers
- English FA Cup
- FFA Cup (Round of 32 onwards)
- AFC Champions League
- U23 Men's friendly internationals (home)
- Socceroos' 2026 FIFA World Cup Asian Qualifiers
- AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Finals
- AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022 Finals
- AFC U23 Asian Cup Finals
- AFC Women's Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Paris Olympics 2024)
- AFC U20 Asian Cup Finals 2023
- AFC U17 Asian Cup Finals 2023
- AFC U20 Women's Asian Cup Finals
- AFC U17 Women's Asian Cup Finals
- AFC Futsal Asian Cup Finals
- AFC Solidarity Cup 2024
As part of the ViacomCBS deal with the Australian Professional Leagues (APL), a weekly Saturday night A-League fixture will be on Channel 10. The W-League will be simulcast on 10 play and have 1 Sunday game per week on 10 Bold.
The Socceroos and Matildas fixtures are simulcast on Paramount Plus and Channel 10, the same way Stan Sport does with Wallabies matches.
The platform has also secured the rights to the FA Cup starting with the 2021/22 competition.
What devices can I use with Paramount Plus?
Paramount Plus is available on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices, compatible Samsung smart TVs (2017 and newer), Apple TV, Chromecast, Android TV (Sony Bravia), Fetch TV, Telstra TV and Amazon Fire TV. That's an improvement on former service 10 All Access, which didn't have Telstra TV, Amazon or smart TV compatibility.
If you aren't sure how to watch, see our guide on how to set up Paramount Plus on your device.
Paramount Plus isn't on either of the new gaming consoles, PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X – or on older ones. However, you can access Paramount Plus via Apple TV's channels function, giving you a workaround to watch on your PS4. Or, you can subscribe with Amazon Prime Channels and watch through the Prime Video app on all compatible devices, including game consoles.
Like every other streaming service, Paramount Plus plans to add more devices ASAP, including LG smart TVs. But without a confirmed date, we'll just have to wait and see.
How many streams can you use on Paramount Plus?
You will have the option to stream on up to 3 devices or screens with your Paramount Plus account.
When did Paramount Plus launch in Australia?
Paramount Plus launched in Australia on Wednesday 11 August 2021. Having already gone live in the US, Canada and Latin America on 4 March 2021 there weren't too many surprises on what to expect. However, it still differs from the US service. You can see a comparison of the Australian and US Paramount Plus services here.
Why did Paramount Plus come to Australia?
The move came after the company had already rebranded CBS All Access, its US and Canadian streaming service, to Paramount Plus in March 2021. The name change aims to better reflect the expanded content line-up following the Viacom-CBS merger in 2019.
"Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling," said Bob Bakish, ViacomCBS chief executive. The name change will mean the company can establish a single global streaming brand. No more CBS All Access in the US or Canada and 10 All Access in Australia.
It may also make the platform more broadly appealing since CBS is associated with an older audience in the US and doesn't have as much brand recognition overseas. Adding a Plus sign has become the norm for new streaming providers, including Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, the US's ESPN Plus and so on.
Should I get Paramount Plus?
Maybe. If you were a 10 All Access user, you now get more content. Considering the sheer size of the library and with fresh titles added regularly, Paramount Plus might be a good fit for you. It all depends on your streaming needs and what you like to watch. Needless to say, football fans have plenty of reasons to give it a go.
If you aren't set on getting another streaming service, see our Paramount Plus review to weigh the pros and cons. Some people will be stoked with the full series of popular shows and others might be disappointed for now with its heavy slew of kids' and reality programming.
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