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Sky Showtime, Paramount Plus launch in more Euro countries

The West London office of Comcast and Paramount Global's joint venture Sky Showtime.
The West London office of Comcast and Paramount Global’s joint venture Sky Showtime. (Image via LinkedIn, Graphic by The Desk)

Comcast and Paramount Global are rolling out versions of their domestic streaming services in more European countries this month.

Starting October 25, Comcast and Paramount Global’s joint venture Sky Showtime will become available in the Netherlands and Portugal, the companies announced in a press release this week.

“Following our successful launch last month in the Nordics, we are excited to continue our European roll-out,” Monty Sarhan, the chief executive of Sky Showtime, said in a statement, noting that the service will bring “consumers exclusive access to the latest series and movie premieres from our iconic, world-class studios.”

Sky Showtime offers television shows and movies sourced from the content libraries of each company, including titles produced and distributed by Paramount Pictures, NBC, Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Animation, MTV Studios, CBS, Nickelodeon, NBC Sports and Peacock. The service costs €7 a month in most countries (it will debut in Portugal at €5 a month) and is offered primarily in territories where Comcast’s Sky satellite service is not available.

In countries where Sky satellite is available, Comcast and Paramount Global are rolling out separate variants of their domestic streaming apps. In December, Paramount Global says it will launch a version of Paramount Plus in three Germanic countries: Austria, Germany and Switzerland.

The logo of Paramount Global's streaming service Paramount Plus appears in an undated handout graphic.
The logo of Paramount Global’s streaming service Paramount Plus appears in an undated handout graphic. (Image courtesy Paramount Global, Graphic by The Desk)

Along with popular Paramount titles, streamers in the three Germanic countries will have access to a handful of exclusive movies and TV shows, including “Der Scieich,” a drama-comedy that centers around a con artist, and “The Chemistry of Death,” a crime series from the Simon Beckett novels of the same name.

Paramount Global says it will also launch a version of Paramount Plus in France. Satellite and Internet television service Canal Plus will distribute Paramount Plus through a “hard bundle” in France and Switzerland. Sky customers will have access to Paramount Plus in Germany and Austria, the company affirmed, with subscribers of Sky Cinema receiving the streaming service at no additional cost.

Paramount Plus is currently offered in the United States, Canada, Latin America, the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Italy, South Korea and Australia. Paramount says it plans to roll the service out more broadly in the coming months.

Sky Showtime has targeted several European territories for its streaming service, with future launch plans in Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and others through next year. The service is available on most streaming platforms, including Apple TV, Android TV and LG’s line of webOS-powered smart TV sets.

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