At its investor presentation Wednesday, ViacomCBS announced several new rights acquisitions for the streaming service Paramount+ as well as pricing changes ahead of its March 4 2021 launch date.
For soccer fans, the headline news is that Paramount+ has added to its current soccer rights of the Champions League, Europa League and NWSL by acquiring the exclusive English-language rights in the United States to international games in the CONCACAF (including World Cup qualifiers) as well as English-language broadcasts of the Brasileirāo and Argentine Primera División.
More specifically, the newly-acquired rights include:
Argentine Primera Division – Paramount+ will stream more than 300 matches a year in English-language from Argentina’s top soccer division, the Liga Profesional de Fútbol.
Campeonato Brasileiro Série A – Paramount+ will stream more than 360 matches a year in English-language from Brazil’s premier soccer league.
CONCACAF – Paramount+ will offer more than 200 matches from the CONCACAF region, starting with the CONCACAF Nations League finals in June 2021, which will feature the U.S. Men’s National Team. Coverage will feature all 41 national teams from North and Central America and the Caribbean across different competitions, including the qualifiers for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023, which will feature the defending champion U.S. Women’s National Team, as well as the CONCACAF qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup (including the U.S. Men’s National Team) for road games played outside the United States and Mexico.
CBS All Access will be rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4 and will feature over 1,000 live sporting events per year, including regular season games, playoffs, championships and more across the following marquee properties:
• The Masters
• NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
• PGA TOUR
• The PGA Championship
• National Women’s Soccer League
• UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and UEFA Europa Conference League.
In May 2021, Paramount+ will stream Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, which tells the story of the legendary manager of Manchester United, and one of the most memorable figures in European football.
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Paramount+ will have two pricing tiers available to U.S. subscribers that marry the best of live and on-demand programming.
The premium tier, at $9.99, will be available with the full depth and breadth of live sports, around-the-clock news programming and world-class entertainment spanning Paramount+ originals to an expansive suite of current and library shows and movies. The offering will include CBS’ live linear feed and commercial-free on demand viewing, with 4k, HDR and Dolby Vision, mobile downloads and cross-platform dynamic play functionality.
An ad-supported tier will launch in June for $4.99 and offer the best in sports, news and entertainment. At that time, the current $5.99 plan will no longer be available for new users, but existing users will maintain grandfathered access. The ad-supported tier will feature a compelling offering of exciting Paramount+ originals, marquee sports content including live championship-level soccer (including UEFA games) and live NFL games, breaking news through CBSN and an extraordinary collection of content, including the full suite of current and library CBS shows available on demand.
World Soccer Talk has confirmed with CBS that the ad-supported tier will feature all live soccer matches.
Both Paramount+ tiers will feature a seamless user interface, enhanced curation and discovery, personalized homepages, content categories and central hubs for ViacomCBS’ brands. Additionally, each subscription option will include parental control capabilities and up to six individual profiles.
Paramount+ will feature entertainment from ViacomCBS’ portfolio of brands and production studios, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Pictures and the Smithsonian Channel. Paramount+ will also feature the 24/7 streaming sports news service, CBS Sports HQ.
In total, Paramount+ will feature a catalog of more than 30,000 episodes, 2,500 movie titles and over 1,000 live sporting events, plus around-the-clock news coverage with live streams of local affiliates in over 200 markets across the U.S. and the 24-hour streaming news service CBSN.
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