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Paramount Plus, Showtime bundle gets lower price

The new Paramount Plus with Showtime bundle will offer subscribers a deep discount until October; Showtime will continue as a standalone subscription app.

The new Paramount Plus with Showtime bundle will offer subscribers a deep discount until October; Showtime will continue as a standalone subscription app.

Showtime content appears within the Paramonut Plus app on August 31, 2022. (Graphic by The Desk)

Paramount Global is lowering the price of a bundle subscription plan that fuses its flagship streaming service Paramount Plus with premium movie network Showtime.

Starting today, Paramount Plus subscribers can stream content from Showtime without having to switch apps as part of a new bundle promotion.

The new bundle costs are below:

  • Monthly, ad-supported Paramount Plus with Showtime: $8 a month
  • Monthly, ad-free Paramount Plus with Showtime: $13 a month
  • Annual, ad-supported Paramount Plus with Showtime: $80 a year
  • Annual, ad-free Paramount Plus with Showtime: $130 a year

All plans include commercial-free access to Showtime. It also includes two live feeds of Showtime’s flagship movie channel, similar to the live channels available within the Showtime app.

The new pricing is available to new and existing Paramount Plus subscribers until October 3, at which point the cost is expected to go up, though permanent bundle pricing has not yet been announced. To take advantage of the new bundle promotion, click or tap here.

Separately, Paramount Plus costs $5 a month ($50 a year) with ads or $10 a month ($100 a year) without commercial interruptions during on demand content, while Showtime costs $11 a month ($100 a year) as a standalone service.

The move comes several months after Paramount offers a bundle that allowed Paramount Plus subscribers to pay a little more for access to the Showtime app. But this bundle improves on that plan by allowing customers to watch Showtime content within Paramount Plus itself, which eliminates the need to switch apps. It also reduces the cost of the Paramount Plus and Showtime bundle, at least for the next several weeks.

Paramount Plus offers television shows from the libraries of BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel and VH1 along with movies from Paramount Pictures. It also carries licensed content from third-party distributors; later this summer, the service will start offering movies from the premium network Epix.

Showtime offers dozens of original programs combined with licensed movies from Paramount Pictures, Miramax, A24, DreamWorks, IFC Films and other production companies. The Showtime bundle offers two live feeds — Showtime East and Showtime West — which airs some live sporting events, including Showtime-produced boxing matches.

Paramount Plus and Showtime are supported on all major streaming devices, smartphones and tablets, including Apple (iPhones, iPads, Apple TV), Android (Google TV, Chromecast, Android phones, Android tablets), Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Microsoft (XBox) and Sony (PlayStation).

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