Unlike streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime, Paramount Plus hasn’t been as easy to transfer over into the UK market. As always, distribution rights are a little more complicated, as Sky has historically owned the rights to many of the intellectual properties available on Paramount Plus.
Paramount Plus was launched in 2021 in the USA with a huge catalogue of content. This includes films from Paramount Pictures as well as TV shows from channels like MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central.
In an already crowded streaming space, Paramount Plus gained a strong subscriber base of around 40 million US subscribers. To put that in perspective, Netflix has around 200 million subscribers around the world… for now.
Paramount Plus was launched in the UK on 22 June 2022 to coincide with the release of several highly anticipated TV shows that are exclusive to the platform.
There's already a huge range of content available to stream on Paramount Plus, including major movie releases like Top Gun: Maverick and all your favourite Paramount movies. Here are some of the best TV shows available on Paramount Plus UK.
Star Trek: Strange New Worlds
The First Lady
The Good Fight
Star Trek Discovery
Ru Paul's Drag Race
The Twilight Zone
One of Paramount’s biggest intellectual properties is the Star Trek franchise, and with the launch of Paramount Plus in the US, Star Trek Discovery was swiftly removed from international Netflix libraries. This means Star Trek fans outside the US and Canada have still not been able to watch the latest season of Discovery.
The launch of Paramount Plus in the UK means that we’ll finally be able to binge season 4 and catch up with Burnham and her crew before we start on the latest spin-off. Star Trek: Strange New Worlds premiered on 5 May exclusively on Paramount Plus in the US, so at least fans won’t have as long to wait before catching up in the UK.
Paramount Plus will cost £6.99 a month or £69.90 a year in the UK and comes with a seven-day free trial for you to explore and see if you’d like to add it to your list of streaming services.
You’ll be able to sign in on two devices at a time with as many as six user profiles allowed on one account for no extra cost.
If you're a Sky TV subscriber, you'll be able to access exclusive Paramount Plus content via your set-top box, and depending on your subscription and hardware, you might be able to get access for free.
If you have Sky Q or Sky Glass, you'll be able to add the Paramount Plus app to your device and watch online just as you would other streaming services like Disney Plus. However, if you're also a Sky Cinema subscriber, you'll be able to watch Paramount Plus for free.
Select a piece of Paramount Plus content or scroll down to your Apps section and select Paramount Plus.
Select "Get Paramount+" at no extra.
Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm your subscription by visiting the Sky Paramount+ activation page.
Sign in to Paramount Plus via the app, either on your Sky device or on other devices via the app.
You can also add Paramount Plus as a channel within your Amazon Prime Video account. At the moment there are plenty of ads and prompts to add Paramount Plus to your Prime Video channels, so all you'd need to do is click on the link and start a free 7-day trial.
If you want to cancel your Paramount subscription you'll need to go to 'Your Accounts' -> Your Prime Video. Scroll down to 'Memberships and subscriptions' and click on 'Prime Video Channels'.