Free channel offers select Paramount+ shows on Pluto TV
Shows from Paramount+ will be available for free on Pluto TV starting on Tuesday.
“Paramount+ Picks” is the latest 24/7 live TV channel on Pluto TV that is set to debut on Mar. 2.
ViacomCBS announced that Pluto TV users will be able to check out a sampling of shows such as “NCIS”, “Star Trek: Discovery”, and “Big Brother”.
The announcement comes just days before CBS All Access is revamped on March 4 into Paramount+. The streaming service will carry live sports, thousands of movie titles and originals series.
Parent company ViacomCBS is already using Pluto TV, which has 43 million active users globally, to serve up a sample of its other premium networks. Pluto TV has a Showtime Selects channel that streams some episodes from hit shows and Showtime originals such as “Billions”. Other Pluto TV channels also draw from ViacomCBS networks, including MTV and BET.
Paramount+ already has hundreds of shows from CBS, BET, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, MTV and Smithsonian Channel.
But new movies, live sports and original series will also be coming to Paramount+ as part of a new strategy announced earlier this week by parent company ViacomCBS.
Paramount+ is expected to have 2,500 movie titles available to subscribers by the summer. ViacomCBS announced this week that part of its strategy for Paramount+ is to shorten the window between films debuting in theaters and appearing on its streaming service.
Both “Mission Impossible 7” and “A Quiet Place II” will arrive on Paramount+ after a 45 day theatrical release, according to the company.
Paramount+ will be a dollar cheaper than CBS All Access by the summer. The $4.99 per month plan will have limited commercials. Paramount Plus premium, the no-ads plan, will be $9.99 per month.
Live sports on Paramount+ will include NFL games and the PGA Tour.
New subscribers to Paramount+ can get a 50 percent discount by signing up for the CBS All Access annual plan. The deal expires on March 3, and covers the first 12 months of a subscription.
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