Showtime Subscriptions to Be Accessible Within Paramount+ Starting This Summer
ViacomCBS is following the bundling express, chugging on a track to a mega streaming service with double the content. Or so they hope. While subscribers have been able to get a bundle of Paramount+ and Showtime, they will be able to access Showtime within the Paramount+ app. Starting this summer, the all-in-one bundle will be $12 a month (or $15 without ads). The bundle has existed since last fall, but this will allow users to stay within one app to access both libraries.
If you’d like to subscribe to standalone Showtime, that will still be an option. Ads will not be served prior to Showtime content on either platform.
Bundle strategies aren’t new. Disney’s bundle rolled out in 2020 and grouped together Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN+. WarnerMedia and Discovery will join hands soon enough, in a $43 billion deal that will likely bundle HBO Max and discovery+. Amazon Prime Video has hundreds of add-ons, thus, is predicated on bundling. Apple TV+ is also leaning into bundling on a broader scale, aggregating its new video streaming outlet with various other services, from music to fitness to cloud storage.
Like Disney, Paramount+ and Showtime will have to deal with the roadblock of parental controls as Showtime’s “Yellowjackets” doesn’t exactly mesh well with “PAW Patrol.”
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.
SHOWTIME offers a subscription video streaming service that gives access to content on Showtime without the need of a cable subscription. With your subscription, you’ll get access to all of their current originals like Yellowjackets, Billions, and American Gigolo. If you choose to bundle Showtime with Paramount+, you can get both services for $7.99/month (with ads) or $12.99/month (ad-free).
With your subscription, you’ll also get access to their critically acclaimed catalog of previous shows like Shameless, Homeland, Ray Donovan, Dexter, Weeds, Nurse Jackie, House of Lies, Californication, Queer as Folk, and The L Word.
SHOWTIME also has new-release films from CBS Films, Amblin Partners, and IFC Films, which appear on the streaming service 7-8 months after they are in theaters. Every month they also have hundreds of additional older movies from major movie studios.
You can subscribe for $10.99 a month either directly from SHOWTIME, or through Amazon Prime Video Channels, Apple TV Channels, or Roku Premium Subscriptions.