On this site you may see advertisements for Paramount+.
Some of you may be asking "What is Paramount+ ?"
Fair enough. Let me explain.
Paramount+ is the rebranded CBS All Access streaming service.
How is the Paramount+ streaming service in any way related to the moderate to high-stakes decision making that the web site you are reading now attempts to address?
If a website owner wants to host advertising, he or she hopefully is aware that advertisers will politely ask ( aka demand ) that content that an advertiser does not approve of be edited or removed.
Content that an advertiser does not approve of might be content that is simply false, but it might also be accurate content that favors an advertiser's competitors.
By hosting advertisements unrelated to my content, I lessen that risk.
I cannot speak on behalf of Paramount+ or any other advertiser but below, after a word from our sponsor, is my understanding of the Paramount+ streaming service in its current form.
Owned & Operated versus Affiliate Owned By Third-party
If you purchase a vehicle from Ford or General Motors, you will conduct the transaction through a dealership owned by a third-party.
If you buy an automobile from Tesla, you will be buying the vehicle directly from Tesla.
For a broadcast network in a given market either case is possible; a station might be owned by the network itself or it might be owned a third-party.
If your local CBS affiliate is not owned by CBS, then CBS will need to need negotiate carrying the live stream over the internet with your local affiliate, so in your area the live broadcast may or may not be available on an app for live streaming.
If either you do not have another service that provides a live CBS stream or you want access to the rest of the content available on the Paramount+ app, then you can subscribe to Paramount+.
You can subscribe to Paramount+ through either the standalone Paramount+ app or as a channel on Amazon Prime.
What was formerly the Commercial Free plan is now the Premium plan.
With the Premium plan, live television will still have advertising just as if you were watching a live CBS broadcast over the air, over cable, or another streaming service.
There may be some commercials even on the Premium plan.
If you are primarily interested in the catalog of non-live content, I would suggest the Premium plan.
Buffering of commercials as they load can be more distracting than commercials on live television.
If you start a Free Trial using the Essential, the service does not allow you to upgrade your account to the Premium without ending your free trial.
The Limited Commercial Tier has been discontinued.
The Limited Commercial Tier allowed Paramount+ to advertise a $5.99 price point, but I think most people will be happier with the $9.99 Commercial Free Tier.
Be careful when assuming that any past programming that you have seen live on any network is or is not on Paramount+.
As someone advertising the product, I wish I could say that all content owned by ViacomCBS would not merely be available, but rather be available exclusively on Paramount+ but that simply is not the case.
Despite the Paramount branding, going by what is currently available, the Paramount+ streaming service has yet to commit itself to providing movies.
For now, you will be best served by subscribing with the intent of viewing content drawn from the the CBS and Viacom broadcast and cable channels.
Cheers & Frasier
Cheers and its spin-off Frasier are available on Paramount+.
Of the two, I would say Frasier has aged quite a bit better.... ViacomCBS should consider some kind of license that would allow human resource departments to use screenings of Cheers as examples of inappropriate workplace behavior.
A broadcast date has yet to be announced, but Paramount+ has announced that there will be a revival of the Kelsey Grammer series Frasier.
If you live in the United States, Paramount+ has the largest catalog of Star Trek television episodes of any streaming service, but the service only has a few of the movies.
If you are a die-hard Star Trek fan, Paramount+ might be worthwhile just for Star Trek: The Animated Series and Star Trek: Lower Decks.
The animation quality of Star Trek: The Animated Series was not impressive even by the standard of the 1970s, but the series does feature the voices of several of the original cast members.
The Star Trek: Lower Decks series is as if the genius behind the cartoon Rick & Morty worked with CBS to produce an animated Star Trek series set in the years following Star Trek: The Next Generation... because... well because that is what happened.