ViacomCBS Partners With Sky To Launch Paramount+ in UK & Other European Countries In 2022
The UK will be getting another streaming service, as ViacomCBS announces Paramount+ will launch in UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and Austria in 2022. As part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of ViacomCBS’ portfolio of pay-TV channels, Paramount+ will come to Sky as an app on Sky Q.
“We are thrilled to expand our long-standing partnership with Sky to continue delivering ViacomCBS’ leading portfolio of premium entertainment brands to Sky customers and importantly bring Paramount+ to new audiences in all Sky markets, including the UK, Ireland, Italy, and GSA,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and Chief Executive Officer, ViacomCBS Networks International. “This transformative distribution deal is key to accelerating our global ambitions in streaming while also supporting Sky’s strategic objectives to better serve audiences with greater flexibility in how they consume our content across all platforms.”
What will be on it?
This is the big question most people will have… and there are some very notable things missing from the list…
Paramount+ features an expansive catalogue of original series, hit shows and popular movies across every genre from world-renowned brands and production studios, including SHOWTIME, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel, in addition to a robust offering of premier local content. Outside of the United States, the premium streaming service offers nearly 3,000 episodes of kids’ content, 1,000 episodes of reality, more than 500 films, and 2,500 hours of Paramount+ Originals, CBS and SHOWTIME series, dramas, and sitcoms.
Titles that will become available through 2022 in the UK, Ireland, Italy and GSA include a collection of scripted, exclusive Paramount+ Originals and exciting new takes on iconic franchises, including ‘HALO‘, ‘The Offer’ and the new ‘iCarly’ series.
As the international home of SHOWTIME, the service will offer ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth‘, ‘Ripley‘, ‘Super Pumped’, and ‘American Gigolo’, in addition to popular titles from ViacomCBS, such as ‘Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years’, ‘Star Trek: Prodigy‘, and ‘MTV Unplugged’. The service will also feature a collection of new movie premieres and fan favourites from Paramount Pictures such as films from the Mission Impossible and Transformer franchises.
You will note, some of the key shows missing from that list include ‘Star Trek: Discovery’, ‘Star Trek: Picard’ and ‘Star Trek: Strange New Worlds’, along with ‘The Good Fight’ and ‘Why Woman Kill’, all of which (with the exception of ‘Strange New Worlds’, as far as we know…) have already been sold to other UK broadcasters such as Netflix, Amazon, and Alibi… Whether ViacomCBS will look at wrestling those rights back at some point in the future remains to be seen…
In addition, ViacomCBS and Sky reached a multi-year extension for carriage of ViacomCBS’ linear channels — including Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon — in the UK, Ireland, Italy and GSA. The channels will be complemented by a strong selection of box sets, giving customers the flexibility to watch the content they love whenever and wherever they want.
“This is another example of how we are innovating for our customers and further aggregating all the best apps and content together in one place on Sky Q, giving them more great TV to watch than ever before,” adds Stephen van Rooyen, Executive VP & Chief Executive, UK & Europe at Sky. “Paramount+ is an excellent service with a huge range of fantastic films and TV series, and our new, broader agreement with ViacomCBS will benefit both businesses.”
What will it cost?
If you’re already a Sky Cinema subscriber, nothing. Upon launch, Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no additional cost, providing access to two fantastic services side by side with more than 10,000 hours of extra content for one affordable price. As part of this partnership, Paramount Pictures’ feature films will remain available on Sky Cinema in the UK and will join Sky Cinema in Germany and Italy in 2022. All other Sky customers will be able to subscribe to Paramount+ as an add-on to their account.
If you don’t have Sky, Paramount+ will also be available directly through the app for iOS and Android and across supported connected TV devices and many of the other platforms where you usually get your tv apps. Exact details and pricing to be confirmed.
Paramount+ will launch in the UK in 2022.