CBS All Access to become Paramount+ in 2021

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  1. Feb 28, 2021 #81 of 174
    techguy88

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    In doing so the new $4.99 tier won't have your local CBS station. If you want your local CBS station and are willing to pay $5.99/mo better get that CBS AA Limited Commercial Plan before June.
     
  2. Feb 28, 2021 #82 of 174
    NashGuy

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    Yes, I saw that. Interesting move. Somehow they're able to stream live sports from CBS in the base tier even though it doesn't carry live local affiliates. Wonder what the underlying financials look like. Are they giving those affiliates anything at all for the subs who will come in through the (likely more popular) base tier? If the affiliates get nothing out of that $4.99, I'd think they'd be up in arms about it since their most valuable content -- live sports such as the NFL -- is being lifted out of their broadcasts and still included in the base tier. Meanwhile, the stuff that many of those affiliates give away for free via their own apps or apps such as NewsOn -- their local newscasts -- apparently isn't included at all in the base tier. Which is a missed opportunity for affiliates to gain ad revenue.

    I also noticed that the premium tier, in addition to adding live local CBS affiliates, will also have additional live CBS sports that aren't included in the base tier. I wonder if this means that some of the live sports on CBS stations won't be in the base tier or if it means that the premium tier might include some or all of the live sports from the CBS Sports Network cable channel.
     
  3. Mar 1, 2021 #83 of 174
    sigma1914

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    To those of us with CBS All Access without ads, do we need to re-sign up for this or will it be automatic?
     
  4. Mar 1, 2021 #84 of 174
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  5. Mar 1, 2021 #85 of 174
    evotz

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    The removal of the local CBS affiliate kind of sucks with all of this.

    What's the best course of action to take to keep the local CBS affiliate? I'm currently on the $5.99/mo plan with $50+ in gift cards loaded on my account.

    What happens after June?

    What happens after my gift card balance runs out?


    When I heard that they were going to rebrand as Paramount+ I just thought it would be a name change. But losing the local CBS affiliate is going to hurt because I can't quite get it all the time over antenna.
     
  6. Mar 1, 2021 #86 of 174
    techguy88

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    You will be fine. As long as you remain an active subscriber you will keep the $5.99/mo plan and your gift cards are still valid. :) You can still purchase CBS All Access gift cards that are available as they will be carried over to Paramount+. ViacomCBS didn't say anything else about gift cards. If you want to save money you could switch to the annual Limited Commercials plan @ $59.99/year.

    The rebrand to Paramount+ will occur on March 4. Existing CBS All Access subscribers will become Paramount+ subscribers on that date. Anyone on the current "Limited Commercials" plan will be grandfathered into that plan and will keep it as long as they remain an active subscriber.

    ViacomCBS has assured people & investors that those who keep the Limited Commercials plan will not lose any benefits they enjoy today which includes the live local CBS affiliate.
     
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  7. Mar 1, 2021 #87 of 174
    b4pjoe

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    From techguy88's previous post about if you are currently subscribed to the $5.99 tier.:

    Cost (Additional info on new tiers)
    • Base - Ad-supported - $4.99/mo [Launches in June]
      • Includes access to live sports including NFL, CBS News on demand & CBSN, Paramount+ Originals, thousands of movies, 30,000 TV episodes & CBS shows on demand
        • Note: This tier will not include access to a live CBS station.
        • If you are currently subscribed to CBS All Access's Limited Commercials tier (at $5.99/mo or $59.99/yr) you will be grandfathered into that plan as long as you remain a Paramount+ subscriber. The price and features of that plan will not change (i.e. you keep access to your live CBS station.) This tier will remain available for new subscribers until the newer & cheaper Base tier launches in June.
    • Premium - Ad-free - $9.99/mo (formally CBS All Access' No Commercials tier)
     
  8. Mar 4, 2021 #88 of 174
    techguy88

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    Paramount+ has arrived! - Paramount+ FAQ

    At launch Paramount+ will keep the same tiers as CBS All Access:
    • Limited Commercials - $5.99/month or $59.99/year
    • Commercial Free - $9.99/month or $99.99/year
      • The Commercial Free tier includes everything in the Limited Commercials tier without ads plus mobile downloads, 4K HDR support.
    Note: The Limited Commercials plan will be discontinued later this year and a new $4.99/month plan that does not include access to a live CBS station will be introduced. This will not affect current subscribers unless you cancel and resubscribe after this plan is introduced. At that time you will only be able to chose between the new $4.99/month plan or the existing Commercial Free plan. The exact date for when the $4.99/month plan is available will be announced at a later date.

    Paramount+ will keep the Showtime bundles CBS All Access had for now. This may change once the new, cheaper Base tier launches later this year. Existing subscribers of these bundles will not notice a change.
    • Limited Commercials + Showtime - $14.99/month
    • Commercial Free + Showtime - $18.99/month
    Note: If you have the $9.99/month CBS All Access + Showtime Apple TV Channels bundle with Apple TV+ you will keep the the bundle at the same price as long as you stay subscribed to the bundle and Apple TV+. If you cancel either one you will lose the special $9.99/month price for the bundle.

    While browsing the Paramount+ Help Center here are some tidbits I found that are not mentioned much elsewhere that would be of interest to new subscribers.
    • Will a Limited Commercials subscriber see commercials when they stream movies?
      • No, subscribers will not see commercials when streaming movies even on the Limited Commercials plan.
    • Does Paramount+ support streaming in 4K, HDR10 and/or Dolby Vision?
     
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  9. Mar 4, 2021 #89 of 174
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    So basically nothing is new this morning except some added content. Is that right?
     
  10. Mar 4, 2021 #90 of 174
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    If you're already a subscriber, that's correct. When I opened the CBS-AA app on my Firestick this morning there was a notice about the name change, but no update yet. I expect that will roll out soon.
     
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  11. Mar 4, 2021 #91 of 174
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    What’s the yearly price?
     
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  12. Mar 4, 2021 #92 of 174
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    $99.99 same as it was for CBS All Access.
     
  13. Mar 4, 2021 #93 of 174
    phrelin

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    Well, I have one problem. I can't sign in to my Apple TV bundle CBSAA/Paramount+ channel on my Microsoft computer through any browser. I get an Invalid email and/or password message. Since I don't watch TV on the computer I'm not going to complain to Paramount+ for now, but sometimes I use the website to get information. [​IMG]
     
  14. Mar 4, 2021 #94 of 174
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    I cancelled my monthly CBS AllAccess plan on my RokuTV, then signed up for the annual plan with Paramount+ knocking 50% off the $100 no-commercial annual price. The transfer was almost seamless, although I ran into some small hiccups getting the service on the RokuTV, my iPad and my computer.

    I was hoping to see some older Paramount pictures available such as The Hope/Crosby Road series, but they are not showing up when I search for them.
     
  15. Mar 4, 2021 #95 of 174
    billsharpe

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    If you are having login problems call 888-274-5343. I was on hold for about 20 minutes but the rep got me straightened out quickly and I was finally able to sign in.
     
  16. Mar 4, 2021 #96 of 174
    evotz

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    Yea... don't have 20 minutes to wait on hold on the phone.

    Maybe some kind soul from this forum will tell them to fix their crap when they get a hold of an operator.
     
  17. Mar 4, 2021 #97 of 174
    evotz

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    Looks like they botched the whole switch-over. They didn't get everyone transferred over from CBS All Access to Paramount+. I mean, they've only had what 6 months to get all of this sorted out? And they couldn't accomplish this simple task?
     
  18. Mar 4, 2021 #98 of 174
    evotz

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    Apparently you have to update the CBS All Access app (at least on Roku) to the Paramount+ then you're automatically logged in when you open the app.
     
  19. Mar 4, 2021 #99 of 174
    espaeth

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    Are you going here to link a Paramount Plus / CBS account to your apple account?

    Verify your Apple TV Paramount Plus channel subscription
     
  20. Mar 4, 2021 #100 of 174
    b4pjoe

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    I had that happen trying to login to paramountplus.com website this morning. Tried about 15 minutes later and it worked.
     

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