Paramount Plus To Replace CBS All Access and Enter Streaming War
By Movieguide® Staff
Paramount Plus will replace CBS All Access and become the newest subscription-based streaming-video service.
The service launches March 4 at an initial cost of $10 a month ad-free until June, when Paramount Plus will add a $5/month option. The streaming service will feature news, live sports, movies, shows, and original projects. Paramount Plus will primarily feature content from parent company ViacomCBS brands like CBS, MTV, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, and it’s Paramount Pictures movie studio.
According to CNET, the streaming service is set to release in the U.S. and 18 Latin American countries first and begin a rollout to other countries starting March 25. The streaming service will also host 2021’s Primetime Emmy’s Award show.
CBS will transfer CBS All Access subscribers to the new platform at no additional charge.
Paramount Plus joins the growing list of streaming services battling for viewers’ attention. Paramount Plus hopes to draw in viewers with their large selection and variety of shows and movies for all audiences.
Paramount Plus will have a library of more than 30,000 episodes and 2,500 movies, plus 36 original series debuts this year. Among those originals will be a revival of Frasier, the 1990s sitcom; a CG-animation update of Nickelodeon’s Rugrats to tap millennial nostalgia; and a new studio dedicated to the Avatar: The Last Airbender concept, founded by the original cartoon’s creators to produce a range of programming, including a new animated movie.
For film fans, Paramount Plus will stream some big-screen movies from Paramount Pictures about a month and a half after they hit theaters. That’ll include streaming A Quiet Place Part II in November and Mission: Impossible 7 in January. Other movies from the studio will arrive on the streaming service after a longer window following their theatrical debut.
While the wide variety of movies and shows that Paramount Plus provides makes media discernment important, Paramount plans to focus some of its efforts on family-friendly programming.
At launch, Paramount Plus will premiere THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN. A portion of Movieguide®’s review reads:
In THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN, SpongeBob and Patrick must rescue SpongeBob’s pet snail, Gary, when Plankton kidnaps Gary to prevent SpongeBob from stopping Plankton’s latest attempt to steal the secret formula to Krusty Krab patties. THE SPONGEBOB MOVIE: SPONGE ON THE RUN is a delightful, funny animated comedy with a strong, heartfelt, uplifting message about making friends and encouraging your friends, but there are a few lightly scary images, slapstick violence and a light “h” obscenity.
The majority of content directed towards kids comes from Nickelodeon’s library of nearly 7,000 episodes from hit shows. Parents should note that while many of the shows are made for families to enjoy together, they still require media discernment.
Some of the popular shows included are AVATAR, DORA THE EXPLORER, iCARLY, KAMP KORAL: SPONGEBOB’S UNDER YEARS, RUGRATS, STAR TREK: PRODIGY, and THE FAIRLY ODD PARENTS.
Paramount Plus will host 5,000 episodes of reality TV and 6,000 episodes of modern and classic comedy TV aside from the family content. Classic CBS staples such as NCIS will also be available to stream on the new platform.
Movieguide® advises extreme caution for the reality TV section, including LOVE ISLAND and DATING NAKED, due to immoral and sexual content.
Check out some of Movieguide®’s resources for media discernment below!
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