Paramount+ – Review 2021 – PCMag India

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Video streaming services are so prevalent now that it’s atypical for a media conglomerate not to offer one. CBS All Access has been around since before the market exploded, but it is now being replaced by Paramount+, a service from the newly merged ViacomCBS. Paramount+ offers a unique combination of on-demand streaming shows and movies, alongside live sports and local CBS broadcast stations. It also supports high-end features, such as 4K streaming and offline downloads, though only for premium subscribers. Besides this stinginess, our other issue with the service is that it doesn’t offer enough streaming-only originals to compete with other top services.

What Can You Watch on Paramount+?

If you are familiar with CBS All Access, then you will know much of what to expect with Paramount+. The service’s content breaks down into two main content buckets: on-demand content (network shows, originals, and movies) and live streams (news and sports). The on-demand series come courtesy of all the channels that ViacomCBS owns, including BET, CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, and Smithsonian Channel.

Unsurprisingly, Paramount+ is most comparable to a streaming service offered by another traditional media giant: NBC’s Peacock. That service offers a similar blend of network shows, originals, movies, news, and live sports. Paramount+ also has similarities to Disney+; whereas Paramount+ bets on the popularity of Star Trek, Disney does the same for Star Wars and Marvel content, with The Mandalorian and WandaVision being recent successes.

Starting with the on-demand content, Paramount+’s biggest draw is its catalog of current and past network shows. Drama fans can watch All Rise, CSI (CSI and CSI: Miami), Clarice, Criminal Minds, FBI (FBI and FBI: Most Wanted), Hawaii 5-0 (classic and current) MacGyver (classic and current), NCIS (NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles, and NCIS: New Orleans), Star Trek (Star Trek, Deep Space Nine, Enterprise, The Next Generation, Voyager, and The Animated Series), The Equalizer, The Good Wife, The Twilight Zone (classic and current), and Twin Peaks. If you like comedies, you can watch B Positive, Bob Hearts Abishola, The Brady Bunch, Cheers, The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Key and Peele, Nathan For You, Reno 911!, Star Trek: Lower Decks, and The Unicorn. If you are looking for The Big Bang Theory, you’ll need to subscribe to HBO Max. Note that for many currently airing shows, you can watch only the current season of episodes.

New original dramas on Paramount+ include a 10-episode Criminal Minds series; Flashdance, which is based on the 1983 TV series; Halo, an action series based on the popular game franchise; Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which follows Christopher Pike’s run as captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise; and The Man Who Fell to Earth, which is set in the same word of the 1976 film and 1963 novel of the same name. New and exclusive series for Paramount+ include a Frasier reboot; Guilty Party, which stars Kate Beckinsale as a journalist accused of murdering her husband; a reboot of the BET series The Game; and The Weekly Show with Trevor Noah (Working Title). Paramount+ will also eventually get movies from the Beavis and Butt-Head and Workaholics franchises.

All of CBS All Access’s originals make their way over to this new platform, including Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Lower Decks, Star Trek: Picard, Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News, The Good Fight, and Why Women Kill. Most of these shows appear to release on a staggered schedule, which means you might need to maintain your subscription for several months to see a complete season.

Other on-demand streaming services have more substantial libraries of original series. For instance, Netflix is known for Black Mirror, Bojack Horseman, Never Have I Ever, Orange Is the New Black, Ozark, Russian Doll, Stranger Things, The Crown, The Umbrella Academy, and The Witcher. Amazon Prime Video is home to Bosch, Fleabag, Good Omens, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Patriot, The Boys, Undone, and Upload. I expect the number of original shows on Paramount+ to increase as time goes on.

ViacomCBS owns Nickelodeon, so the service has tons of family- and kid-friendly titles, such as Avatar (The Last Airbender and The Legend of Korra), Blue’s Clues, CatDog, Dora The Explorer, Drake and Josh, iCarly, Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear, Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Fairly OddParents, and SpongeBob SquarePants. Paramount+ will eventually include a new live-action Dora The Explorer series, a new iCarly series, a CGI-based SpongeBob SquarePants series, the family-friendly Star-Trek: Prodigy, a live-action Fairly OddParents series, and several installments based on the Avatar series.

Rounding out the library is a collection of music shows and reality series. On the music front, Paramount+ includes Behind the Music and From Cradle to Stage, a new six-part series featuring David Grohl. The service will also stream several new Unplugged performances throughout the year. New and exclusive reality series on Paramount+ include Ink Master, Queen of the Universe, Road Rules, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and The Real World: Homecoming: New York.

Movies and Documentaries on Paramount+

CBS All Access never competed with dedicated movie streaming services, such as The Criterion Channel or Mubi, but because the Paramount Pictures studio is a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, Paramount+ should have more success. It’s up against other major players for the mainstream movie audience, however. HBO Max (New Line Cinema and Warner Bros.) and Disney+ (classic Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars) also benefit from in-house studios and content partners. Netflix, Hulu, and Prime Video produce many original and popular movies, too.

Paramount+ Movies section on the web

The Paramount+ movie library has about 700 titles, which is substantially more than CBS All Access ever did. Top titles on the service at the time of writing include Fists of Fury, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark, Temple of Doom, and Last Crusade), Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over; Star Trek (IV: The Voyage Home, Generations, and Nemesis), The Godfather (original, Part II, and Part III), The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run, and To Catch a Thief.

Among the new documentaries on the service are 76 Days, which explores the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic; Console Wars, which dives into the Sega and Nintendo rivalry; For Heaven’s Sake, a part-comedy part-drama film set in Ontario and based on the disappearance of Harold Heaven; and Sir Alex Ferguson: Never Give In, a biopic about the well-known former manager of Manchester United FC. You’ll find a collection of nature (courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel), historical, and political documentaries, too.

Paramount+’s Sports and Live TV

CBS All Access was always a decent sports streaming option for fans on the budget because it included football, golf, and college basketball events. In addition to its NFL (local regular- and post-season games), PGA Tour (including The Masters and PGA Tour Championship), and the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship coverage, Paramount+ will stream lots of soccer (Campeonato Brasileiro Série A, Concacaf, Liga Profesional de Fútbol, National Women’s Soccer League, UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League, and UEFA Europa Conference League). CBS Sports HQ is also part of the package.

Paramount+’s sports streaming lineup is more substantial than Peacock’s, which focuses on Premier League matches, IndyCar coverage, and WWE PPV events. Peacock did stream an NFL playoff game last season, though. ESPN+ offers select coverage of NHL and MLB games, but it is best suited for college sports fans and has streaming rights to tons of international sports leagues. It’s also the only option for UFC fans, though fight fans should also consider Dazn.

If you want more coverage of national sports leagues, you need to pay for a live TV streaming service, such as fuboTV or YouTube TV. For specific guidance on watching these sports, we have dedicated roundups for the best NFL streaming services, the best MLB streaming services, and the best NBA streaming services.

The last component of Paramount+ is its live TV offerings. Premium subscribers can get access to feeds of their local CBS broadcast stations, which means you can watch prime-time shows, such as 60 Minutes and any of CBS network series as they air. Both regular and premium subscribers can watch the 24-hour CBSN service. I expected some version of the free Pluto TV, which is owned by ViacomCBS, on the service to compete with Peacock’s lineup of preprogrammed, continuously streaming content. However, that content is missing completely on Paramount+.

If you don’t care about any of the on-demand content on Paramount+, but still want to watch CBS sports broadcasts, then Locast may be a worthwhile alternative. That streaming service includes all your local broadcast channels and networks, including CBS.

How Much Does Paramount+ Cost?

You can get an ad-supported version of Paramount+ for $4.99 per month, which is less than what CBS All Access charged for its equivalent plan. However, this plan will not be available until June of this year and, as mentioned, will not include access to local CBS stations. Until that plan launches, Paramount+ is offering a $5.99-per-month ad-supported plan that does include access to local CBS channels.

Users of this plan also will not be able to stream titles in 4K or download content for offline viewing either. This division of features, unfortunately, carries over from CBS All Access. At the very least, all subscribers should be able to download titles for offline viewing. Notably, ads are for on-demand shows only, not movies.

Paramount+ currently offers a free, 30-day trial, but after that deal expires, it will switch to a seven-day trial. A growing number of streaming services, including Netflix and Disney+, no longer offer trials. We prefer services that do.

Paramount+’s premium tier costs $9.99-per-month or $99 per year. In addition to not having ads for on-demand shows (as with any other live TV service, you can’t escape ads on live content), this plan unlocks all the higher-end streaming features. Paramount+ can also be bundled with Showtime for $14.99 per month or $18.99 per month, depending on whether you opt for Paramount’s ad-supported or ad-free plan.

Both of Paramount+’s tiers compare well to competitors, though it does not offer anything to compete with Peacock’s free tier. Free video streaming services are an excellent option if you are trying to keep your monthly entertainment costs to a minimum, but many of the services make compromises. Most commonly, these options lack higher-end streaming features or don’t offer nearly as compelling an on-demand library as paid alternatives.

Peacock’s $4.99-per-month ad-supported option and a $9.99-per-month ad-free tier expand that service’s streaming library considerably and match Paramount+’s costs. Hulu‘s ad-supported ($5.99 per month) and ad-free ($11.99 per month) plans are slightly pricier. Netflix starts at $8.99 per month, but to watch 4K content, you need to upgrade to its $17.99-per-month Premium plan. Amazon Prime Video is $8.99 per month and HBO Max is $14.99 per month.

Paramount+ is an inexpensive way to watch some live sports, but it’s not your only option. ESPN+ and Locast, for example, are $5.99 per month and $4.99 per month, respectively. Complete live TV streaming services are significantly more expensive. Sling TV’s Orange and Blue plans start at $35 per month, for example, while Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV both charge $64.99 per month.

You can watch Paramount+ on the web or download apps for mobile platforms (Android and iOS), media streaming devices (Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Fire TV, and Roku), gaming consoles (Xbox and PlayStation 4), and smart TVs (LG, Samsung, and Vizio). Unlike Prime Video, Hulu, and Netflix, Paramount+ does not offer a Microsoft Store app. I have submitted a question about support for next-generation consoles to a contact at Paramount+ and will update this section if I hear back.

Paramount+ on the Web

Paramount+’s web interface looks almost identical to CBS All Access’s, which is not a bad thing. It uses a dark color scheme, looks sleek, and is simple to navigate. Account settings are available via your profile icon in the upper-right corner.

The main screen shows a large slideshow of featured programming as well as horizontally scrolling sections of content categories such as Trending Shows, Recently Added Shows, Trending Movies, On Now, Originals, and more. There’s also an editable section for everything that you’ve started watching but haven’t finished. You can’t add any shows or movies to a watchlist, because Paramount+ doesn’t support that feature.

Paramount+ Originals

For more focused browsing, Paramount+’s top menu has separate sections for shows, movies, live TV, brands, and news. The Shows and Movies sections are further organized by genre. You can also browse what’s currently popular on the service and the full list of content in alphabetical order from these sections.

A show’s detail page includes a description, a list of available episodes, a related shows section, links to any related blog posts, and a complete list of cast members. If you click on a cast member’s photo, Paramount+ takes you to a short biography of them. All this information is organized well, but Paramount+ does not allow subscribers to leave reviews of content or add any sort of ratings, something both Prime Video and Shudder allow.

Paramount+’s Mobile Apps

I downloaded the Paramount+ mobile app on an Android 11 test device and had no trouble signing into my account. The mobile app retains the same dark color scheme as the web and did not crash in testing. You navigate the app via a bottom menu bar: Home, Search, Live TV, and More. The Home section lets you browse through featured entries in the service’s catalog. The Search section divides the catalog into movies and TV shows and lets you filter by everything by genre. The live TV section lists all of Paramount+’s live programming. You can either jump into a live stream or, if you tap on the show name, watch individual segments that already aired. I hope Paramount+ adds this feature to the web app, too.

Paramount+ Android App

The More section houses your downloads, but there’s no way to sort them, unfortunately. The app’s settings allow you to set download quality preferences, enable autoplay, and see how much space is available on your device. There’s also a useful setting for automatically deleting downloaded episodes after you’ve finished watching them. Netflix goes one step further by downloading the next episode in a series once you finish watching it. Netflix can also automatically download shows or movies it thinks you will enjoy now, too.

For reference, I downloaded a 44-minute episode of the new Queen Latifah reboot of The Equalizer in just under a minute. Downloaded titles expire after 30 days. Subscribers to the ad-supported tier will not be able to use this feature. Most other on-demand video streaming services support offline downloads, but Hulu is one of the few that restrict this capability to higher-priced tiers.

Playback Experience

Paramount+’s playback interface has all the standard features you’d expect. Apart from basic playback and volume controls, you get 10-second fast-forward and rewind buttons and a toggle for subtitles. The interface also provides a short description of what you are watching in the upper-left corner. Unfortunately, you cannot select the streaming resolution manually on the web. The mobile app’s playback screen is largely the same, but you can choose the video quality: Auto, Low, Medium, or High. It is unclear what resolution those settings correspond to, but I like having the option. One thing you won’t find is anything similar to Prime Video’s IMDb-TV X-Ray feature, which lists cast members and other relevant information about what’s playing.

If you subscribe to Paramount+’s premium tier, you can watch select titles in 4K. These same titles also support HDR and Dolby Vision standards. To watch something at this resolution, you need to use one of the supported streaming devices: select Roku models, Fire TV (4K Stick and Cube), Android TV, and Apple TV 4K HDR (5th Gen). You can search directly for 4K content, though I did not see any additional badges or indication of whether an entry supports that resolution. At the time of writing, these search results included The Good Fight, the rebooted The Twilight Zone, The Stand, and several dozen nature documentaries from the Smithsonian Channel. The rest of Paramount+’s on-demand library can be streamed at 1080p, which is the standard resolution for paid video streaming services.

Apple TV+, Disney+, Prime Video, and Netflix all also have significant 4K libraries. Apple TV+, given the small size of its library, offers the most consistent support for that resolution, as well as the Dolby Vision and Atmos standards. HBO Max is slowly expanding its support for these standards, too.

Paramount+ Playback Interface

I was unable to confirm the exact streaming resolution and frame rate of Paramount+’s live sports coverage, since no sports were available to watch during my testing period. I have submitted a question to a contact at Paramount+ and will add this information if I hear back. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube both support 1080p/60fps streams of some channels on select platforms. Higher streaming frame rates help make anything with fast action, such as sports, look smoother.

Paramount+ does not offer any DVR capabilities for sports broadcasts, something that is useful for fans who may not be able to watch a game as it airs live. Most live TV streaming services I’ve tested, including Sling TV, offer recording capabilities, though Locast and ESPN+ do not. AT&T TV and fuboTV go one step further and let you restart some live sports events from the beginning and watch some previously aired games.

Paramount+ subscribers can stream on up to three devices simultaneously per account. Netflix’s Standard plan supports only two concurrent streams per account, but Disney+ allows subscribers to stream on up to four devices at the same time. Paramount+ supports six profiles per account, which helps keeping downloads and watch histories separate.

I tried streaming Paramount+ from a browser over my home Ethernet connection (200Mbps download). The service lists a minimum connection speed of 800Kbps (download), so most people shouldn’t have an issue. I watched an episode of the rebooted Twilight Zone series and did not experience any streaming issues. The video ramped up to its full quality quickly and the audio sounded fine. I also tried streaming an episode of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on my phone over my home Wi-Fi connection (175Mbps download) without a problem. Paramount+ saved my progress across platforms, too.

Accessibility and Parental Controls

Paramount+ includes subtitles for every show I tried watching and you can customize them directly from the playback screen. For instance, you can change the font size, type, weight, and color, as well as the color of the background. At the time of testing, Paramount+ offers subtitles in English, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, and Swedish. Apple TV+ currently supports more languages, but we expect Paramount+ to add more languages as its availability expands.

CBS All Access offered audio descriptions on some of its shows, which means that some shows on Paramount+ also have them. Audio descriptions are an accessibility option that provides audible narrations of on-screen events that cannot be otherwise understood from the dialog alone. I hope that Paramount+ expands this support in the future. Apple TV+, Prime Video, and Netflix are among the best services for audio descriptions.

Paramount+ Profile Interface

Paramount+ allows you to lock any profiles into a Kids Mode, for which there are two settings: Younger Kids (TV-Y) and Older Kids (TV-Y, TV-Y7, TV-Y7-FV, TV-G, G, TV-PG, and PG). When a profile is locked with that setting, only shows and movies of the listed ratings are available to watch. Oddly, Paramount+ does not require a password to switch profiles from one in Kids Mode to an unrestricted one, which seems like an oversight.

You can also head to the Settings to enable account-wide parental controls. Here, you can restrict viewing of content above a certain rating as well as Paramount+’s live TV component behind a PIN. This is far less convenient than profile-based restrictions.

Disney+ and Netflix offer excellent parental control tools; those services let you set restrictions on a per-profile basis and require you to enter a password to switch back to an unrestricted account. Paramount+ needs to address that problem with switching profiles to be on par with those services.

Paramount+ and VPN

A VPN can help you protect your privacy online and spoof your location. That last part is problematic for some video streaming services that must enforce regional streaming restrictions. Paramount+ is available in the US, Canada, and Latin America at launch, but will arrive in the Nordics on March 25, 2021, and Australia later this year.

I connected my desktop and mobile device to US- and Brazil-based Mullvad VPN servers to test how Paramount+ handles VPN traffic. I did not encounter any issues streaming from the US-based servers but got a 404 error after connecting to the one in Brazil. I also had to disable several privacy extensions on my browser to stream content.

Even if you find that your VPN works fine with your video streaming services, know that this harmony may not last. Video streaming services are always finding new ways to detect and block VPN traffic to their platforms. We recommend that you choose a VPN based on other factors instead, such as its privacy policies, value, and security features.

An Inevitable Evolution

Ever since CBS and Viacom merged (again) into ViacomCBS in 2019, it was a safe bet that a new, combined video streaming service would come soon thereafter. Paramount+ builds on the successes of CBS All Access by offering more original productions, in addition to the on-demand content from all of the channels under the ViacomCBS umbrella. Paramount+ also includes live sports and (for premium subscribers) access to local CBS broadcast channels. Unfortunately, Paramount also carries over CBS All Access’s practice of reserving top features, such as 4K streams and offline downloads, for its highest-priced tier.

Netflix is our top pick for on-demand video streaming, because of its excellent originals and innovative features. Hulu + Live TV and YouTube TV are our Editors’ Choice winners for live TV services. Hulu combines an impressive library of on-demand content with an easy-to-use live TV component. YouTube TV’s lineup has all the most popular channels and the service includes unlimited DVR storage.



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仮想通貨おすすめ/穴場取引所BEST2

仮想通貨のおすすめ・穴場取引所をご紹介。当方のリンクを用いれば、ライフタイム割引が適用されます。
また、マイニングの裏技についても紹介していますので、ぜひご参考にしてください。

おすすめ:Binance

客観指標ランキングでも、取引量世界最高にして最高の信頼を誇るBinance。その流通量から取引手数料も格安。基本的にスナップショットやオプトイン(通貨が分裂などをする際に、配布すること)が確実に行われる取引所である。1日2BTC以上の出金を行わない限りは本人確認不要であり、ある程度の匿名性も担保されているという点で、仮想通貨の機能として本来的である。

送金も日本の多くの取引所と違い、営業日ベース(日本の取引所が入出金を手動承認する)ではなく、トランザクションベース(実行したらすぐに仮想通貨ネットワークにつながる)ため、迅速な対応が可能。

また、スマホでの操作性が高く、PC取引よりもスマホの方があらゆる取引で楽であり、高度な処理が迅速に行える。

通常紹介だと手数料割引はありませんが、当サイトの下記リンクから入ると永久に10%オフになります。ぜひご検討ください。

割引適用リンク:Binance

穴場:Bitrue

 

客観指標ランキングでは60位台だが、こちらは次世代の仮想通貨が早期採用・取引されている点などが特徴的。

最近ではネムの系統を継ぐシンボル(XYM)や、次世代リップルと言われているXDCなどが初期から取引されている。

通貨ボリュームは大手と比べると低いが、大手の上場により上記通貨などは化ける可能性があり、次世代を担いうる存在となっている。

スマホの操作性も(Binanceの亜流ながら)抜群であり、こちらも日本ユーザーに親しまれるインターフェースとなっている。

通常紹介だと手数料割引はありませんが、当サイトの下記リンクから入ると永久に25%オフ(1時間以内にキャッシュバック)になります。残高10,000 USDTがあるパートナー様の口座には50%の手数料を払い戻しとなります。(画像は公式HPより)

一軍、Binanceでの飛翔を夢見るファーム勢がひしめくこの取引所には夢があります。ぜひご検討ください。

割引適用リンク:Bitrue

おまけ:マイニングの誤解と今後の可能性

マイニングとは、仮想通貨の取引承認のためにもらう報酬を、探鉱(mining)にたとえたものである。

多くの自作ユーザーは、グラボが多ければマイニング報酬がもらえる、といった誤解をしているが、それはPoW(Proof of Work)方式の仮想通貨にしか当てはまらない。PoWは地球環境問題へと発展しているなか、別の方式を採用している通貨であれば、グラボの力を借りる必要がない。例えばPoS(Proof of Stake)といった方式では、”仮想通貨を持っているだけで報酬が入る”。つまり、グラボなど不要なのだ。

つまり仮想通貨を買った方がまし、ということなのだ。

Binanceで取り扱っている中に、とある通貨がある。BNBである。これはバイナンスが発行した通貨であるが、最近価値が大きく上がり、年初来からは10倍近くとなった。
Binanceは取引量世界一に成り上がったが、BitcoinはPoWという欠点を抱えながら世界一の通貨として存在している理由は、デファクトスタンダードにある。つまり「世界一ゆえ世界一である」ということだ。
この理屈になぞらえれば、BNBはもっと飛躍しても全くおかしくはない。

そして、BNBはPoSを利用している。つまり、BNBを持っていれば、持っているほどその報酬が得られるということだ。
BinanceのアプリからBNBをPoSマイニングさせる(これを単に”Staking”という)ことができ、年利はなんと20%近くにのぼる。

上の画像…90日ロックで19.79%は売り切れているが、30日ロックで年率換算14.79%のプランは現在も用意されている。

例えば、である。10BNBを約30万円で買ったとする。年率換算で15%運用するとしたら、BNBは1年後に11.5BNBとなる。

この時、1BNBの価値がすでに10万円になっていたら、保有BNBの価値は115万円となり、マイニング報酬は15万円にものぼるということになる。

これを聞くと、マイニングは仮想通貨の時価に影響を受けすぎるのではないか、という指摘があるが、そもそもグラフィックボードマイニングであっても、採掘する対象はBTCやETHなどの仮想通貨そのものであることから、変動リスクから脱却することはできない。

そのうえでおすすめ通貨と兼ねて紹介しているのが、BNBステーキングである。
BNBは上述の通り、仮想通貨取引所の覇権を得つつあるBinanceの通貨であり、価格についてもまだ可能性を秘めている。
そしてそんなBNBのステーキングの収穫高は、かなり大きい。したがって、マイニングをするのであれば、電気代0のステーキングをおすすめするところである。

割引適用リンク:Binance

追記:BNB4万円超えに(4/7)

BNBの価格は上昇中です。マイニングはBinanceでのステーキングが一番、ということが証明されつつあります。

このチャンスを逃さないようにしましょう。

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