CBS All Access flopped as a service for CBS. Not that they’ve merged to become ViacomCBS, the company looks to relaunch it as Paramount+
The streaming wars will one day look like the dot com boom of the late 90s. A littered road of failed streaming services that cost too much money to ever be viable. That’ a fate that ViacomCBS hopes to avoid with their relaunch of the All Access service as Paramount+. With Viacom now part of the picture, the channel and service has gone from just CBS shows, with Star Trek leading the way, to a more robust service.
Attached to it will be all the offerings of every cable and digital streaming service under the ViacomCBS arm. That means Catfish, Sponge Bob Bar Rescue and yes, Star Trek, all in one place being offered at a monthly fee.
The new service is coming on March 4 and will feature content from Paramount Network, MTV, VH1, BET, Comedy Central, Smithsonian, and Nickelodeon, as well films from the Paramount library.
Paramount+ is already deep behind the eight ball with Apple TV, Amazon, Disney+, Netflix, Peacock and HBO Max already looking like juggernauts. Not too mention sites like YouTube and Qubi already tapping out to the streaming battle and other smaller services like Shudder, Hallmark, and various sports apps vying for the same dollar.
Right now there aren’t a lot of big shows or movies announced for the Paramount+ service. The service will feature a robust past catalogue but no major new series have been announced just yet.
Star Trek’s television series will remain. There’s also rumors that they’ll expand the television catagloug and add films as well to the service. No word yet on what, if any new Star Trek films will arrive on Paramount+ but it seems likely that to make the service work they’re going to start forgoeing theater releases.