Paramount+ has confirmed an official UK release date of June 22, 2022. Read on for EVERYTHING you need to know!
Paramount+ enjoyed a successful launch in the United States in 2021. But for fans living outside of these territories, the wait has been agonizing. Not only have they been forced to look on in anguish as those lucky enough to have access have enjoyed a wealth of content; but Star Trek fans have also been forced to miss out on the launch of the newest and most hotly anticipated series – Strange New Worlds. But thankfully, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
At long last, Paramount+ has a UK launch date! The streamer confirmed today that the service will officially launch on UK shores on June 22, 2022. The company reported its first-quarter earnings on May 3rd, and Paramount’s President & CEO, Bob Bakish finally announced plans for the global rollout. And if you’re a fan of Star Trek…brace yourself for a wealth of awesomeness! Check out the trailer below.
The ongoing momentum of Paramount+ will also see the service launch in South Korea in June, with further launches planned in Italy, Germany, France, Switzerland and Austria in the second half of the year. Additionally, in 2023, Paramount+ will launch in India in partnership with Viacom 18, as part of a recently announced agreement, and is poised to participate in this fast-growing market.
“Paramount is known for its leading portfolio of premium entertainment brands and a robust content engine that fuels our rapidly expanding streaming service, Paramount+. This year will be monumental for our streaming strategy as we accelerate our global ambitions, rapidly expanding Paramount+ in Europe beginning with the UK, Italy, Germany, France and more by the end of this year and debut in Asia with South Korea in June, followed by India in 2023,” said Raffaele Annecchino, President and CEO, International Networks, Studios and Streaming, Paramount Global. “With an already expansive global footprint and a strong, long-term market-by-market strategy, we are well-poised to continue our positive momentum.”
Maria Kyriacou, President, Australia, Canada, Israel and UK, Paramount, said, “The addition of Paramount+ to our strong portfolio of free-to-air, pay TV and streaming services will broaden the range of choice available to our audiences in the UK and Ireland. Paramount+ will be a one-stop destination for Paramount’s biggest brands, where fans of all ages can find exclusive original premium content, global hits, and discover a world of favourites from Paramount’s vast catalogue.”
PRICING & PARTNERS
Users will be able to sign up to the service for £6.99 per month/£69.90 per annum in the UK, after a free seven-day trial. The service will also launch on Sky platforms in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany and Austria in 2022 as part of a new multi-year distribution agreement that also includes the extended carriage of Paramount’s leading portfolio of pay TV channels. Sky Cinema subscribers will get the bonus of Paramount+ included at no extra cost.
UK audiences will be able to enjoy the ever-expanding Star Trek universe; and the library and new seasons of Taylor Sheridan’s critically acclaimed Yellowstone series. South Park and the MTV Shores will also be available, and kids and families franchises, this include SpongeBob SquarePants, PAW Patrol, Rugrats plus new originals based on Nickelodeon’s most beloved characters such as Kamp Koral: SpongeBob’s Under Years.
Some of the most anticipated Paramount+ and SHOWTIME® originals from the US, UK and other international markets will be available in the UK and Ireland when the service launches, including HALO, 1883, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The Offer, Mayor of Kingstown, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Queen of the Universe and Jerry & Marge Go Large.
These will join premium international scripted Paramount+ originals produced by VIS – the international studio division of Paramount Global – in association with independent production companies in the UK and around the world. Previously announced original UK dramas heading to Paramount+ include Sexy Beast, A Gentleman in Moscow, Flatshare, The Burning Girls, The Ex-Wife and The Blue.
Scripted originals from around the world include Los Enviados (The Envoys) (Mexico) and Cecilia (Mexico) – both of which have been renewed for a second season; Simon Beckett’s Chemistry of Death (Germany); The Signal (France); Bosé (Spain); Fallaci (Italy); At Midnight (Mexico); and more.
Hours of original factual titles from the UK production community will also be available, including Haunted, The Box, Rise of the Tech Titans, MH370: The Lost Flight, Chalet Girls, LA Hairdressers, Fashion House, Pervert: Catching the Strip Search Caller and Girl Taken.
KIDS & FAMILY
Thousands of hours of Kids and Family content on the service will include Paramount+ Original series Fairly Odd Parents: Fairly Odder, iCarly S1 & S2, the reimagined RumbleandBig Nate. They will join original TV movies, including Honour Society, Promposal, Little Wing, Snow Day, Nicole From Last Night and Blue’s Big City Adventure.
Paramount+ will offer unlimited access to blockbuster movies with new releases like Scream 5, time proven classics such as Grease and Star Trek, and family friendly selections like PAW Patrol: The Movie, Clifford The Big Red Dogand more.
Also coming to the UK service this year are Paramount+ exclusives The Thing About Pam and Victoria’s Secret: Angels and Demons. They join other exclusive titles including South Park: Post Covidand South Park: Post Covid: The Return to Covid, as well as Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, The First Lady and The Man Who Fell to Earth.
Paramount+ will be available across a variety of devices and platforms, including mobile phones & tablets, Android TV, Apple TV, Apple TV Channels, Chromecast, Roku, Samsung TV (2017+), desktop computers or mobile web at https://www.paramountplus.com/, with more to be announced in the future.
A WEALTH OF CONTENT
What an incredible collection of content. The addition of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds is more than enough to have us reaching for the subscribe button. But when you add in the entire Star Trek universe, and the new HALO series being all available at launch; Paramount+ has quickly become the must-have streamer of the year. And that is an exciting prospect. Although fans in the UK will be forced to sit on the sidelines when Strange New Worlds launches this week; we can rest safe in the knowledge that we are only a few weeks away from jetting off to the final frontier. And that is music to our ears.
It’s a small victory – but a welcome one. Thank you, Paramount+!
For more information, or to sign up for the Paramount+ service, visit https://www.paramountplus.com/,
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