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ViacomCBS to relaunch CBS All Access as Paramount Plus

After weeks of speculation, ViacomCBS has made it official: CBS All Access, one of three direct-to-consumer streaming services offered by the company, will relaunch next year as Paramount Plus.

The refreshed streaming service promises to incorporate 30,000 movies and TV show episodes from the vast ViacomCBS library of content, including shows and movies aired on Showtime, Paramount Network, MTV, VH1, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, the Smithsonian Channel, Pop and the CBS broadcast network.

“Paramount is an iconic and storied brand beloved by consumers all over the world, and it is synonymous with quality, integrity and world-class storytelling,” Robert Bakish, the chief executive and president of ViacomCBS, said in a social media post on Tuesday. “We’re thrilled to establish one global streaming brand in the broad-pay segment that offers an extraordinary collection of content for everyone to enjoy.”

The new service is expected to go live next year and will be followed with a global rollout to Australia and countries in Latin America. ViacomCBS owns broadcast and pay television networks throughout both regions.

The new streaming service is expected to cost $10 a month, the same price as CBS All Access’ ad-free tier. It was not immediately clear which platforms would be supported; at the present time, CBS All Access has around 8 million subscribers who are able to watch the service on Apple TV, Android TV, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices and purchase the service through Apple TV Plus, Amazon Prime Video Channels, the Roku Channel and directly from ViacomCBS.

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