ViacomCBS announced that its flagship streaming service Paramount+ will be coming to Australia and New Zealand from August 11th.
The service will be priced at $8.99 AUD ($6.75 USD) per month and will include 20,000 movies and TV episodes from brands spanning Paramount Pictures, Showtime, BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Smithsonian Channel and Sony Pictures Television.
ViacomCBS already has an existing presence in Australia with its ownership of Channel Ten. That channels online service, 10 All Access, is being folded into the Paramount+ service.
The price puts it on the low end of a crowded Aussie streaming landscape which already includes global brands like Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+ along with local brands Stan, Binge, Kayo and niche services like Shudder, MUBI, Britbox, Acorn TV, Hayu, Crunchyroll, AnimeLab and DocPlay.
ViacomCBS will leverage Channel Ten to boost its local original content offerings and has already commissioned a second season of family drama “Five Bedrooms” along with two new series – the single mom sex comedy “Spreadsheet” and the gangster drama “Last King of the Cross” based on John Ibrahim’s autobiography.
The new comes hot on the heels of the company’s first quarterly earnings call where the service saw a 65% sales jump and the addition of six million new streaming subscribers to both Paramount+ and Showtime – bringing it to a total of 36 million between the two apps.
Paramount+ is currently available in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Poland, Hungary, Russia, the Middle East and Nordic nations.