ViacomCBS Streaming Service Paramount+ Debuts Today

HOLLYWOOD (CNS) - ViacomCBS' subscription video-on-demand and live streaming service CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ today as part of its expansion to feature entertainment, news and sports content from several of the company's units.

Paramount+ will feature movies from Paramount Pictures, entertainment, news and sports programming from CBS, children's programming from Nickelodeon, reality and music fare from MTV and original programming, with more than 30,000 television episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus around-the-clock news coverage available for viewing.

Paramount+'s premium tier is $9.99 per month and includes CBS' live linear feed and commercial-free on demand viewing, with 4k, HDR and Dolby Vision, mobile downloads and cross-platform dynamic play functionality.

An ad-supported tier will be available in June for $4.99 per month.

Select Paramount Pictures films will stream on Paramount+ following a 30- to 45-day theatrical release window, including “Mission: Impossible 7,'' “A Quiet Place Part II'' and “Paw Patrol: The Movie.''

Other films set to arrive on Paramount+ in 2022 following their theatrical runs, and in some cases after their pay TV debuts on EPIX, include “Top Gun: Maverick,'' “Sonic the Hedgehog 2,'' “Transformers 7,'' “Dungeons and Dragons'' and “Scream.''

An agreement with EPIX will make thousands of movies for a variety of studios available to Paramount+ subscribers, including films from the James Bond and “Hunger Games'' franchises to features like “The Addams Family'' and “The Avengers.''

The Paramount Players unit of ViacomCBS will make movies exclusively for Paramount+, including new versions of “Paranormal Activity'' and “Pet Sematary'' and an original supernatural story, “The In Between,'' featuring Joey King, the star of “The Kissing Booth.'' Other ViacomCBS studios will also supply new films that will exclusively be streamed on Paramount+.

A new “Beavis and Butt-head'' movie and a movie based on the Comedy Central series “Workaholics'' are also expected to be shown on Paramount+ in its first year.

More than 50 original series will premiere on Paramount+ over next two years, including reboots of the classic NBC comedy “Frasier'' and the 2005-20 CBS police procedural crime drama “Criminal Minds''; a drama based on the video game “Halo'' and series based on such films as “Love Story,'' “Flashdance,'' “The Italian Job,'' “The Man Who Fell To Earth'' and “The Parallax View.''

Paramount+ will also be home for the latest addition to the “Star Trek'' franchise, “Star Trek: Strange New Worlds,'' based on the years Capt. Christopher Pike commanded the USS Enterprise with Spock as his science officer.

Nickelodeon's library of nearly 7,000 episodes of children's programming will be available on Paramount+, plus new programming, including:

-- “Avatar,'' based on “Avatar: The Last Airbender'' and “The Legend of Korra'';

-- a live-action”Dora the Explorer'' series aimed at children ages 6-11 and their families;

-- a new season of the children's comedy “iCarly'' starring original cast members Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor;

-- the first spinoff of “SpongeBob SquarePants,'' “Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years,'' a  CG animated original series about when the characters of Bikini Bottom met for the first time;

-- a new “Rugrats'' CG animated series with the original voice cast;

-- the first “Star Trek'' series for the children's and family audience, “Star Trek: Prodigy'';

-- a live-action version of “The Fairly OddParents''; and

-- new editions of “Lassie,'' “George of the Jungle'' and “Mr. Magoo'' from DreamWorks Animation's Classic Media.

There will be more than 5,000 episodes of reality programming, including a reunion of the series that started the genre, “The Real World: Homecoming: New York.''

Other reality offerings will include “Big Brother Live Feeds,'' “Dating Naked'' and:

-- a revamped version of the 1995-2007 MTV series “Road Rules,'' where contestants travel from location to location, stripped of modern-day luxuries, guided by a set of clues, odd jobs and missions for money.

-- “Love Island on Paramount+,'' an extension of the CBS dating series billed as taking “subscribers beyond the boundaries of what's shown in the broadcast with exclusive content and live visits to the villa,'';

-- the tattoo competition series “Ink Master''; and

-- “Queen of the Universe,'' a singing competition for drag queens.

MTV's other contributions to Paramount+ include:

-- special intimate “MTV Unplugged'' events several times a year a featuring some of the world's biggest artists;

-- the return of “Yo! MTV Raps,'' will include hosted segments, live performances, cyphers and lifestyle content;

-- new episodes of “Behind the Music'' and remastered original episodes updated for today's audiences with artist interviews, a creative refresh and reimagined visual style; and

-- a six-part unscripted series “From Cradle to Stage,'' about the special relationship between successful musicians and their mothers. Each episode features a famous performer and their mother.

CBS' sports programming of the NFL, the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament, the Masters, PGA Tour, Southeastern Conference football will be streamed on Paramount+.

The service will be the only place in the U.S. for English-language coverage of every game of every European soccer club competition, including the UFEA Champions League. It will also stream more than 200 CONCACAF soccer games, starting with the Nations League finals in June, more than 300 games a year from Argentina's top soccer division and more than 360 games from Brazil's top division.

News offerings will include CBS News programs, the 24-hour streaming news service CBSN and live streams of local affiliates in over 200 markets across the nation.

There will also be an new version of “60 Minutes,'' “60 Minutes+,'' with correspondents Enrique Acevedo, Seth Doane, Wes Lowery and Laurie Segall providing investigative reporting and exclusive newsmaker interviews.

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