Paramount Plus to Merge Showtime Content Into Single App

Paramount Plus and Showtime are currently available in a bundle.

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Paramount Plus offers Showtime as a bundled option for video-on-demand streaming.

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Paramount Plus and Showtime content will be available to stream in one app beginning this summer. ViacomCBS -- now known as Paramount -- announced the change Tuesday. 

Paramount Plus has been part of the streaming wars along with Disney PlusHBO MaxApple TV Plus, PeacockDiscovery Plus and Netflix. As the competition for subscriber attention heats up, the service continues to roll out its growing slate of TV shows, films and originals in a bid to attract, and keep, its audience. Upon its launch in March 2021, Paramount offered a basic, ad-supported tier and a premium ad-free option. 

Last fall, the streamer unveiled a package that bundled Showtime and Paramount Plus for $12 monthly, its "essential" plan, and $15 a month for its premium subscription. Currently, viewers have to log in to each app separately. That will change.

Tom Ryan, president and CEO of streaming at Paramount, said that existing Paramount Plus customers can simply upgrade their subscriptions to the integrated bundle.

"Our existing bundle, of Paramount Plus and Showtime, has performed very well out of the gate. That's because users can access two premium content offerings, with streamlined sign-up, but viewed in distinct apps. Starting this summer, we're making Showtime even easier to access in one app experience," said Ryan. 

"You'll be able to simply upgrade your Paramount Plus subscription to a bundle that includes the Showtime service and then view all that content in a single user experience," he added. Current Paramount Plus subscription plans will not change, however. New and existing users can stick with the $5 essential option or $10 premium plan.  

The news was part of an investor presentation Tuesday by Paramount, formerly known as ViacomCBS.

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