Just in case you weren’t signed up for enough streaming services, Australia now has one more. Paramount+ launched in the U.S. earlier this year and is now live in Australia. It brings a bunch of new movies and tv shows featuring some of Hollywood’s top talents.
While I can’t tell you why every streaming service needs a ‘+’ in its name, I can tell you more about Paramount+ and what you need to know about it in Australia.
What is Paramount+?
Like any streaming service, such as Netflix or Stan., Paramount+ will be home to new and exclusive content. The expansive library includes over 20,000 movies and TV shows.
Paramount+’s partnership deals include renowned brands such as Showtime, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel, Sony Pictures Television and, of course, Paramount Pictures.
Paramount+ is a rebrand of the existing 10 All Access streaming service in Australia. This means all of the 10 All Access content and the new Paramount+ content has been rolled together into one service.
What content is on Paramount+?
So, what’s included in that extensive library of 20,000 titles?
- The Godfather
- Mission Impossible
- Indiana Jones
- A Quiet Place
- Good Will Hunting
- Harry Potter
- The Dark Knight Trilogy
- Lord of the Rings
- Austin Powers
- SpongeBob SquarePants
- PAW Patrol
- Pulp Fiction
- The Hangover
- South Park
- Broad City
- Ray Donovan
- Why Women Kill
- Geordie Shore
- Jersey Shore
You can see why Paramount+ isn’t ‘just another streaming service’ in the new announcement trailer below.
Australian originals on Paramount+
There’s a range of new and exclusive shows coming to Paramount+ soon, including some local investments. At launch, Aussies can watch the second season of the Australian drama Five Bedrooms.
The streaming service is also investing in a slate of local drama offerings, including:
- Spreadsheet: a comedy series about divorced hectic mother-of-two, Lauren (Katherine Parkinson), who is looking for sex without commitment. With the help of best friend Alex, she develops “Spreadsheet”: a database of sex options customised to ensure her sushi train of sex rolls around with variety and order amidst the chaos of her life.
- Last King of the Cross: an operatic story of two brothers, Sam and John Ibrahim, one worshipped by his father and the other scorned. In organising the street, they lose each other across their ascent to power.
- 6 Festivals: A coming-of-age feature film about three best friends. Running, in anger and denial, from the terminal illness James is facing, they bucket-list six music festivals over six months. Over their six-month journey, they meet up-and-coming artist, Marley, whose own challenges and success will help them to accept the reality they so want to avoid.
Paramount+ also brings a range of exclusive international premieres with some of Hollywood’s biggest names.
Some notable inclusions are the upcoming Dexter revival and the Halo TV adaption. The new iCarly revival and original movie Infinite will also be available on the service at launch.
Here’s what’s coming up:
- The First Lady (Viola Davis, Gillian Anderson, Michelle Pfeiffer, Aaron Eckhart, Dakota Fanning)
- Dexter (Michael C. Hall)
- iCarly (2021) (Miranda Cosgrove, Jerry Trainor, Nathan Kress, Laci Mosley)
- Infinite (Mark Wahlberg)
- The Gilded Age (Cynthia Nixon, Christine Baranski, Carrie Coon)
- Yellowjackets (Juliette Lewis, Christina Ricci)
- Leonardo (Freddie Highmore, Aidan Turner)
- American Rust (Jeff Daniels, Maura Tierney)
- Two Weeks To Live (Maisie Williams)
- Coyote (Michael Chiklis, George Pullar)
- Mayor of Kingstown (Jeremy Renner, Dianne Wiest)
- Everyone Is Doing Great (James Lafferty, Stephen Colletti)
- Anne Boleyn (Jodie Turner-Smith)
- Spy City (Dominic Cooper)
- Monsterland (Taylor Schilling)
- The Luminaries (Eve Hewson, Erik Thomson, Ewen Leslie)
- The Harper House (Rhea Seehorn, Jason Lee)
- Guilty Party (Kate Beckinsale)
- The Man Who Fell to Earth (Chiwetel Ejiofor)
- The Offer
- Flatbush Misdemeanors
- Crossing Swords
- No Return
- Line in the Sand
- Who is Ghislaine Maxwell?
- Four Hours at the Capitol
- Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years
This library also includes 10 All Access’ existing library favourites such as The Good Fight and The Twilight Zone.
In the U.S., Paramount has a special deal to bring its theatrical releases (like A Quiet Place II and Mission Impossible 7) to its streaming service after a 45-day window. It’s unclear whether this deal will extend to the Australian streaming service but we’ll keep you posted.
A-League and W-League on Paramount+
In a recent update, it’s been announced that Paramount+ will soon be the home of Australia’s A-League and W-League football competitions. As SBS reports, starting with the next season for both leagues, members of Paramount+ will have access to all games – which were previously housed on Fox Sports.
Additionally, as part of this arrangement, it has been confirmed that certain A-League games will be aired for free on Channel 10 and 10 Play on Demand on Saturday nights. One W-League game will be aired every Sunday on 10 Bold.
ViacomCBS is investing in Australian sport further with $100 million going towards securing the rights of soccer games. According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Paramount+ and Ten have struck a deal with Football Australia that covers the next 3.5 years of selected soccer games.
This includes the Socceroos final round of qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, the Asian Cups for women in 2022 and men in 2023, as well as the friendlies and qualifiers for both senior national teams.
Certain games must legally be broadcast on free-to-air due to anti-siphoning laws but it appears all other games will be streaming on Paramount+.
What devices can you use?
Paramount+ is available as an app on a number of devices.
According to the website this includes iOS, Apple TV, Android, Android TV, Chromecast, Fetch, Telstra TV, Amazon Fire TV and Google TV. It’s also available via web browser on your laptop or desktop computer.
Movies and shows will also be available to download for offline viewing so you’re not always chewing up your mobile data.
When is it available and what’s the price?
You can subscribe to Paramount+ for $8.99 a month or choose an annual subscription for $89.99 (which rounds out to $7.49 a month). In comparison to other services like Netflix, Stan and Disney+, this makes Paramount+ one of the cheaper streaming options by a couple of dollars.
There’s also a 7 day free trial for new users.
Paramount+ is officially available in Australia as of August 11, 2021. You can sign up here.
You can check out what other new content is coming to the rest of Australia’s streaming services right here.
This article has been updated to include news of A-League, W-League and other soccer games moving across to Paramount+ and Network 10.