June 3, 2021
ViacomCBS’s branded subscription streaming platform Paramount+ now has an official launch date for an ad-supported option: June 7. The SVOD service launched March 4 in the U.S. priced at $5.99 monthly with limited ads. The new ad-supported tier replaces that option and is priced at $4.99. A commercial-free tier costs $9.99 monthly.
Competitor Hulu charges $5.99 monthly with ads, $11.99 without. Disney+ remains ad-free at $7.99, while Netflix and Amazon Prime Video charge $8.99 and $12.99 monthly, respectively, without ads. Neither service streams commercials.
ViacomCBS ended the most-recent fiscal quarter with 36 million combined Paramount+ and Showtime OTT subscribers globally. The two services topped 19.4 million subs in the U.S. through Feb. 24.