According to a report from The Wall Street JournalParamount Global has “early” discussions about shutting down the standalone Showtime streaming service and merging its content with Paramount+.
It was just weeks ago when Paramount announced that they would be bundling Paramount+ and Showtime streaming services together for interested subscribers. “Paramount+ with Showtime bundle offers consumers unprecedented value by offering one of the broadest content libraries in streaming at one of the lowest prices on the market,said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Paramount Global Streaming. “This unique user experience streamlines sign-up and improves discovery, and this lower price will allow more households to enjoy this exceptional bundled entertainment offering.” It now appears that they are considering bringing the two services fully under one roof.
It’s still early and no choice has been made, but a Paramount representative told Variety, “We are always exploring opportunities to maximize the value of our content investment by providing consumers with access to great Paramount content through a variety of services and platforms.” Current Showtime series included Yellowjackets, billions, Your honor, City on a Hill, American Gigolo, and more. Paramount+ is home to Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, Hi, King of Tulsaand the different ones Yellowstone spinoff shows.
As it stands now, new subscribers can sign up for Paramount+ with Showtime for $7.99 a month for the ad-supported package, with the ad-free version costing $12.99 a month. This discount period ends on October 2nd, after which the bundle will cost $11.99 with ads and $14.99 without.
What do you think? Should Showtime be kept as a standalone service or should it be merged with Paramount+?