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Paramount Reaches Nearly 64 Million DTC Subscribers in Q2 2022, Including 43 Million with Paramount+

Matt Tamanini

On Thursday, Paramount released its second quarter 2022 earnings report, which included the latest subscriber numbers for Paramount+.

During Q2 2022, the streaming service added 4.9 million subscribers (before the removal 1.2M Russia subscribers) to bring its global total to 43 million (up from 39.6 million). By combining Paramount+’s total with other Paramount streamers SHOWTIME, BET+, and Noggin, the company’s total subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) subscribers total nearly 64 million (up from 62.4 million). This reflects a growth of 5.2 million prior to the removal of 3.9 million Russia subscribers.

Paramount CEO Bob Bakish has openly discussed that the company’s goal is to hit 100 million subscribers on Paramount+ by 2024.

For comparison, following Q2, Netflix remained the world’s largest streaming service with 220.67 million subscribers. At the end of Q1, Disney+ reported 129.8M subscribers and Hulu had 45.3M across its on-demand and live TV platforms; Disney will update those totals next week. HBO Max — which will report Q2 information later on Thursday — most recently reported having 76.8 million subscribers. Neither Amazon nor Apple reports specific subscriber totals for Prime Video or Apple TV+ respectively.

In addition to Paramount’s SVOD services, the conglomerate’s free ad-supported TV (FAST) service Pluto TV saw its global user base to nearly 70 million monthly active users during Q2, up from the 68M that the company reported following the first quarter.

Q2 was a busy period for Paramount+ as the service continued to expand both internationally and in terms of the titles available in its library. In June, the streamer launched in South Korea and U.K. and Ireland with plans to expand into Austria, France, Germany, Italy, and Switzerland in the second half of 2022.

“This year will be monumental for our streaming strategy as we accelerate our global ambitions, rapidly expanding Paramount+ in Europe beginning with the UK, Italy, Germany, France and more by the end of this year and debut in Asia with South Korea in June, followed by India in 2023,” Paramount Global’s president and CEO of international networks, studios, and streaming Raffaele Annecchino said earlier this year. “With an already expansive global footprint and a strong, long-term market-by-market strategy, we are well-poised to continue our positive momentum.”

As the streamer moves into additional overseas markets, it has also made deals to expand the foreign offerings on the platform. In June, Paramount+ announced plans to ramp up its international offerings by producing 150 original shows and movies by 2025.

Paramount has also apparently learned from the mistake of letting “Yellowstone” stream on a competing service and locked down the rights to break out comedy “Ghosts.”

In addition to international expansion and keeping linear hits on the in-house streamer, Paramount+ has also kept a steady flow of content coming to the platform by keeping the window between a film’s debut in theaters and on streaming as short as possible… at least in most cases.

Though the company has not yet officially announced when “Top Gun: Maverick” will land on Paramount+, the studio has remained committed to its 45-day window to bring films from cinemas to streaming.

  • Paramount Plus

    Paramount+ is a subscription video streaming service that includes on-demand access to 40,000+ TV show episodes from BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. and more. The lineup includes “1883,” “Tulsa King,” “Star Trek: Discovery,” Nickelodeon’s “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and MTV’s “Laguna Beach.” From well-loved franchises to compelling originals, Paramount+ offers a great library worth streaming. Live NFL games are included. The service also offers the option to watch your live CBS affiliate.

    Subscribers can choose between the Essentials Plan (which includes ads) for $4.99/month, or go commercial-free with the Premium Plan for $9.99/month. Subscribers can add Showtime to either plan for an additional fee.

    With their Premium Plan, in addition to not having ads, you will also get access to your local CBS affiliate to stream your local news, prime-time lineup, and late-night. You will also be able to download offline and watch select shows in 4K.

    With the lower cost “Essential” plan, you will still be able to watch live NFL games, Champions League, and national news – but you will no longer get your local CBS affiliate.

    With their new app, enjoy advanced recommendations, curated homepages, and new content categories while still being able to stream major live sports like NFL, College Football, College Basketball. Sports fans will also appreciate the service’s inclusion of NFL on CBS, PGA Tour, along with every match of UEFA Champions League and Serie A.

    The service was previously called CBS All Access.

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  • Pluto TV

    Pluto TV is a free live TV streaming service that provides more than 350 channels of live TV and thousands of on demand movies and TV shows.

    Most of what you’ll find on Pluto TV qualifies as “background television.” It’s fine to keep on while you’re scrolling on your phone or cooking something in the kitchen.

    Because these aren’t traditional live TV channels, it’s not a great option for live events, news, or sports, but it’s a solid choice for cord cutters who want to supplement their other services with some “comfort food” TV. You’ll find channels dedicated to “Star Trek,” “CSI,” “Jersey Shore,” “Survivor,” and “The Amazing Race.”


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