Paramount+ is set to replace CBS All Access as the primary home for Star Trek content in the coming weeks, as well as other original series, sporting events, and news. The move is coming on March 4, and Paramount+ will get all sorts of new goodies.
Fans already know about Star Trek, but they’ll also be getting a revival of the first season of the Real World, which will see all the original cast members come back for a (just-shy) 30-year reunion of sorts. You’ll also get a Rugrats CGI revival, which could be horrifying. Not only that but Halo will be coming to Paramount+ as well, which was originally set to be a Showtime series.
Star Trek will be heavily featured as it’s identified as one of the biggest properties the company owns.
"The new service will be the home of the Star Trek universe, which include current and upcoming seasons of “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Star Trek: Picard, a new animated show called “Star Trek: Prodigy” and all 726 episodes from the six Star Trek series and a selection of the brand’s films."
The real question now comes down to cost. As in, “how much will it cost?”
For ad-supported content, it’ll be $5.99 per month and for an ad-free version, it’ll be $9.99 a month. Peacock, who offered a completely free version, outdid CBS All Access in just a few months. The folks at Paramount+ should’ve considered the same thing. While some may suggest they’re doing just that with the Pluto TV service, it’s not the same thing.
Well, CBS All Access was a mitigated failure and cost CBS a lot of money. The hope is that with the added support of Viacom properties, this version of the streaming service will work. They have a lot more things to offer viewers as well, including other sports that could rival that of ESPN+ with Bellator MMA going to air on Showtime in April.
Paramount+ may also take a play out of the Peacock handbook and purchase the streaming rights to smaller services, like how Peackcock did with the WWE Network; leasing their library for a decade.
With other smaller services like Hallmark, SHUDDER, and countless sports streams targetting smaller audiences but costing large amounts of money, this remains a possibility for Paramount+.