The CBS All Access streaming app has some big changes coming early next year, and I’ll detail them for you in this article.
I’m a longtime subscriber to CBS All Access, and I’ve been particularly interested in new shows and features that have been introduced on the streaming platform. But as the old adage goes, “Nothing stays the same.”
Here’s How CBS All Access Is Changing in 2021
CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ in early 2021, parent company ViacomCBS says in a news release.
The changes come as a result of the 2019 merger between Viacom and CBS and include some news, sports and entertainment content from both networks.
Let’s answer some questions you may have about the future of CBS All Access.
Why Is CBS All Access Rebranding As Paramount+?
If you’re wondering why the name “CBS All Access” is going away, a lot of it has to do with the legacy of Paramount Pictures. Here’s a quote from Bob Bakish, ViacomCBS president and CEO:
“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,” Bakish says. “With Paramount+, we’re excited to establish one global streaming brand in the broad-pay segment that will draw on the sheer breadth and depth of the ViacomCBS portfolio to offer an extraordinary collection of content for everyone to enjoy.”
What New Shows Are Coming to Paramount+?
Paramount+ plans to introduce several new original series to the platform. In addition to the previously announced Spongebob Squarepants series “Kamp Koral” and the Spongebob movie, here are some titles you can look forward to, according to the news release.
- “The Offer”— A scripted limited series based on behind-the-scenes events involving the making of “The Godfather.”
- “Lioness” — A spy drama about a young Marine who helps bring down a terrorist network.
- “Behind The Music — The Top 40” — A fresh take on the show that looks at 40 of MTV’s biggest artists ever.
- “The Real Criminal Minds” — A docuseries based on true crime incidents.
- “The Game” — This comedy is a revived BET show centered around the love interests of professional athletes.
This content offered by Paramount+ is in addition to the shows like “The Twilight Zone” and others I wrote about in my review of CBS All Access.
What Brands Will Have Content on Paramount+?
As you’ve probably guessed by now, Paramount+ is going to pull content from several networks. Here are some of the TV networks that have committed to providing programming for the platform:
One thing we don’t know as of this writing is how much Paramount+ will cost. Will it be priced the same as CBS All Access or a little more? We’ll have to wait and see.
What we do know is that ViacomCBS is hoping that people will recognize the value of a one-stop-shop for news, sports and entertainment, which is something that Disney+ and Netflix can’t compete with as of yet.
When it comes to streaming, Paramount+ still has some tough competition. Here is a comparison of the best streaming services.