The 108-year-old film studio tries to get a piece of the streaming pie.
You know Netflix and Hulu, now HBO Max and Amazon ... but do you recall that Paramount was also going to launch a streaming service? Well, it's arrived! The new streaming service joins the ranks of studios trying to get in on the streaming race.
The established studio's move eerily echoes the Hollywood systems of the past, in which studios often controlled both the means of production and of distribution. These monopolies were busted in the infamous 1948 "Paramount Decrees," in which big Hollywood studios were "forced ... to give up anti-competitive practices that dictated terms to the theater chains, or owned them outright," according to Jeff Spross for The Week. But as production studios like Disney and HBO get into the streaming game, and distributors like Netflix and Amazon produce increasing quantities of original material, we may be back to the monopolies of old.
Still—at least you can watch your favorite Paramount films now? (Does anyone have favorite Paramount films, specifically?) You can watch directly at ParamountPlus.com, or watch it through Amazon. The new streaming service is conservatively priced, with plans starting at $5.99/month, and until the end of March, you can try one month for free.
If you're curious, the site features Paramount+ Originals like Star Trek: Picard, Star Trek: Discovery, The Good Fight, and Why Women Kill. The site is also home to popular children's shows like iCarly, Paw Patrol, Dora the Explorer, and Peppa Pig, as well as The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and Trevor Noah's The Daily Show.
Are you going to get Paramount+? Do you think we need another streaming service? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!