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Paramount Plus to add more than 1,000 movies this week

By the end of the summer, the streamer will offer more than 2,500 popular films, ViacomCBS said.

By the end of the summer, the streamer will offer more than 2,500 popular films, ViacomCBS said.

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Paramount Plus will add more than 1,000 full-length films to its catalog this week, joining thousands of hours of movies and TV shows that are collated from the vast ViacomCBS content library.

The addition of the films will bring the total number of movies offered on Paramount Plus to over 2,500 by the end of this summer, ViacomCBS affirmed in a press release.

The movies include feature films produced by Paramount Pictures, including the movie “Infinite,” which will stream as a Paramount Plus exclusive.

Another film, “Paw Patrol: The Movie,” will be offered through the streaming service on August 20, the same day it is made available in theaters.

“The breadth and depth of premium feature films and exclusive series coming to the service further strengthens our position in the market as a premium entertainment destination,” Tom Ryan, the chief executive of streaming initiatives at ViacomCBS, said in a press release.

The films are rolling out just days after ViacomCBS reduced the cost of its cheapest subscription plan for Paramount Plus. The plan, which is subsidized by advertisements, now costs $5 a month instead of $6 a month, though it now lacks streaming access to a user’s live CBS station. (The feed is now exclusive to the commercial-free tier of Paramount Plus, which costs $10 a month.)

Ryan said the lower cost of the commercial-free plan helps make Paramount Plus more accessible to budget-friendly consumers.

Some of the movies that are being added to Paramount Plus were produced or distributed by Paramount Pictures and carry over from other streaming services whose licenses for the films have lapsed over the last few months.

Other movies will be offered through a licensing pact with Epix, the premium cable network and streaming service. As part of the deal, Epix will continue to license a handful of movies from Paramount Pictures, while ViacomCBS will get streaming rights to some MGM films. MGM Studios, which owns Epix, is in the process of being acquired by tech company Amazon.

ViacomCBS also has distribution deals with Sony Pictures and Miramax, the latter of which counts the media conglomerate as a minority investor.

In addition to the films, ViacomCBS is promising new seasons of critically-acclaimed original series and cable television content for Paramount Plus, including the debut of the fifth season of “The Good Fight,” a spin-off of a popular legal drama that aired on CBS.

Paramount Plus is widely available on most platforms, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android TV (Google TV), smart TV sets, game consoles, phones, tablets and computers.

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Matthew Keys is the publisher of The Desk and reports on the business and policy matters involving the broadcast television, streaming video and radio industries. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, Disney-ABC, Tribune Broadcasting and McNaughton Newspapers. Matthew is based in Northern California, has won numerous awards in the field of journalism, and is a member of IRE (Investigative Reporters and Editors).