A day after Valentine’s Day, two streaming services are getting hitched. In a few months, Paramount+ and Showtime will merge into one offering — kind of. While both platforms will continue to sell subscriptions as stand-alone services, ViacomCBS has announced that starting this summer, the company will allow consumers to sign up for and access the combined offering of Showtime and Paramount+ within the Paramount+ app. You’ll be able to get all those sweet Taylor Sheridan series like Mayor of Kingstown and 1883 right next to Yellowjackets, too!
ViacomCBS streaming president and CEO Tom Ryan unveiled the news at today’s virtual investor event, where a name change from “Paramount Global” to simply “Paramount” was also made. This merger has been in-the-works for a bit: last fall, the company announced a bundle deal between both streamers. This allowed customers to subscribe for one price, but still made them access the streamers separately. Soon, subscribers will simply be able to toggle on over to Paramount+ in order to access all of Showtime’s offerings.
“Within Paramount+, it will be seamless to sign up for Showtime,” Ryan told investors. “You’ll be able to simply upgrade your Paramount+ subscription to a bundle that includes the Showtime service and then view all that content in a single user experience. When you’re done watching Mayor of Kingston, you’ll be able to move immediately to the next season of Billions — without ever leaving the Paramount+ app.”
The new bundle will feature the same price as the existing one. For $11.99 per month, you’ll get access to the ad-supported Paramount+ Essential plan and Showtime. At $14.99, Paramount+ is ad-free. Without Showtime added, Paramount+ runs subscribers $4.99 for its Essential tier and $9.99 for Premium. ViacomCBS has yet to reveal an exact launch date for this update, but they did offer that it’ll be around this “summer.”
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