If you’re a Paramount+ customer, now may be the time to explore what Showtime has to offer as well.
Fans of the video streaming service that’s home to content brands including CBS, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and MTV will now have the opportunity to add premium streaming content from Showtime for a few extra dollars per month.
The special pricing is a limited-time offer to both new and existing customers, as Paramount Global merges the Showtime streaming service into the Paramount+ app.
In this article, I’ll take a look at your new pricing options to get both Paramount+ and Showtime and talk about what this merger means for streamers.
Paramount+ With Showtime: Limited-Time Bundle Discount Available
For as little as an additional $3 per month, Paramount+ customers will be able to bundle Showtime with their service.
This will include commercial-free access to Showtime’s live streaming and its on-demand library of TV shows and movies.
If new or existing Paramount+ customers opt into the “Paramount+ with Showtime” bundle by October 2, 2022, they’ll be able to enjoy both services on the same app for as little as $7.99 per month (or $6.67 per month at the annual rate).
To claim the offer, you simply need to visit the Paramount+ app on your streaming device.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the pricing options available to both new and existing customers.
|Package||Monthly Price||Annual Price|
|Paramount+ Essential with Showtime||$7.99||$79.99|
|Paramount+ Premium with Showtime||$12.99||$129.99|
|Showtime (as a standalone service)||$10.99||N/A|
After October 2, the prices for customers who opt in to the Paramount+ Essential and Premium packages that include Showtime will increase to $11.99 and $14.99 per month, respectively.
So there’s a clear advantage to jumping in on this discounted offer now if you have an interest in Showtime content.
What Content Is Available From Showtime?
You may see this offer and think, “That’s a good price, but what exactly am I getting from adding Showtime?”
Let’s take a look at the top content options available from Showtime that may be worth your time.
Popular Showtime Originals Airing New Episodes
- The Chi
- The Circus
- City on a Hill
- Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber
- Your Honor
Popular Showtime Legacy Shows
- The Affair
- House of Lies
- The L Word
- Queer as Folk
In addition to the original shows, Showtime also has a large menu of movies. This will pair nicely with the movies you already get from Paramount as a Paramount+ subscriber.
Showtime has exclusive broadcasting rights to some sporting events as well. This includes Bellator MMA events and Showtime Championship Boxing.
The bundling of streaming services continues, as Disney+, Hulu, HBO Max and discovery+ are in the midst of their own bundling efforts.
This is the natural progression of a streaming landscape that saw an initial race to market to claim cord-cutting customers turn into an effort to retain customers for the long term. Services teaming up or being consolidated by industry heavyweights is an effort to provide “value” for the price of a subscription in hopes of cementing long-term relationships with customers.
It’s harder to hit the “cancel button” on a bundle when there’s a greater chance that someone in the household is enjoying content from one of the services in the bundle.
Paramount Global, which owns both Paramount+ and Showtime, likely saw that Showtime had a tough road ahead as a stand-alone product as the popularity of premium cable packages wanes. Bringing it under the Paramount+ umbrella both strengthens the Paramount+ product and creates a space where Showtime can flourish in the streaming era.
If you like Showtime’s content, this sale price is a great opportunity to lock in a good rate on both services.