Paramount to launch UK streaming service this June – here’s how it compares
Paramount will launch a new streaming service, Paramount+, in the UK on 22 June. Users will be able to stream TV programmes and films for £6.99 a month or for £69.90 a year after a seven-day free trial. Here’s how it compares to other streaming services, including Apple+ and Netflix.
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How Paramount+ works and how much it costs
Paramount+ will be ad-free and you'll be able to sign in on two devices at the same time, plus have up to six profiles on one account at no extra cost. This means six different people can log in to use the service, but only two separate streams can play at the same time.
Users taking out the service directly from Paramount+ can choose to pay £6.99 a month or £69.90 a year (effectively £5.83 a month) - though you will be offered a seven-day free trial beforehand. Once the free trial has expired you will be automatically rolled onto the paid-for service, so make sure you cancel beforehand if you don't want to keep the subscription.
If you take out the service directly and later change your mind, you can cancel your subscription penalty-free at any point though this won't take effect until your next billing date, which means you'll be able to use Paramount+ until your next payment would be due.
Sky users will also be able to access Paramount+. This will be free for Sky Cinema subscribers with Sky's Glass, Q or +HD services. Sky Cinema is the only Sky package that will offer Paramount+ for free - all other Sky users will have to pay the standard price detailed above.
How does Paramount+ compare to other streaming services?
We've selected some of the most popular streaming services in the table below and have compared them to Paramount+ in terms of price, free trials and more.
|Streaming service||Fee (monthly & annually)||Free trial?||What it offers||Ad free?||Streaming quality|
|Amazon Prime||From £5.99/month (1) or £79/year||30-day free trial||Popular films, TV shows, plus Amazon originals||Yes||HD, ultra high definition (UHD or 4K), and HDR (High dynamic range)|
|Apple TV Plus||£4.99/month (no annual subscription)||Seven-day free trial||Apple original film and TV series including The Morning Show and Dickinson||Yes||HDR and 4K|
|Disney+||£7.99/month or £79.90/year||No free trial||More than 1,000 Disney films and TV series||Yes, although cheaper, ad-free subscription to launch later this year||HD and 4K|
|Netflix||From £5.99/month (1) (no annual subscription)||No free trial||Thousands of shows and movies, including Netflix originals||Yes||HD, UHD and 4K depending on package|
|Now Entertainment||£9.99/month (no annual subscription)||Seven-day free trial||More than 300 box sets, plus channels that aren't on Freeview||No, when streaming on demand unless you have Now Boost which is ad free||HD and full HD depending on package|
|Paramount+||£6.99/month or £69.90/year||Seven-day free trial||8,000 hours of Paramount originals, plus content from MTV, Nickelodeon and more||Yes||Full HD|
What you can watch on Paramount+
Parent company Paramount, which is a production company, says its new streaming service will launch with 8,000 hours worth of films and TV shows, including Paramount originals, plus entertainment from channels including Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and SHOWTIME.
Examples of films and TV programmes available include First Lady, Grease, Mayor of Kingstown, and Star Trek. Meanwhile for children, entertainment includes Clifford the Big Red Dog, Fairly Odd Parents, iCarly, and Paw Patrol.
Here's how to watch Paramount+
The new service will be available to watch via:
- Paramount+'s desktop website.
- Paramount+'s iOs and Android app on mobiles.
- Paramount+'s TV app, which will be available on Amazon, Apple, Google, Roku and Samsung televisions. Other smart TV brands won't be able to host Paramount+ at launch, though it said it plans to roll out its service to more smart TV brands in future.
- Sky. (Paramount said the service will also be added to more streaming platforms in the coming months.)
If Paramount+ is for you, you can pre-register on the Paramount website, although you won't be able to use the service until 22 June.
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