Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME Bundle Review 2022

We’ve tested both Paramount+ and SHOWTIME for hundreds of hours—now we’ll tell you how well they bundle.

Price: $11.99–$14.99/mo.

Channels: 5–6

Features: 31,000+ hrs. of content from Paramount+ and SHOWTIME®

Plan Price Channels Streams Details
Paramount Plus Essential (ads) + SHOWTIME $11.99/mo. or $119.99/yr. 5 6* View plan
Paramount Plus Premium (ad-free) + SHOWTIME $14.99/mo. or $149.99/yr. 6 6* View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.

* Three streams for each streaming app.

Is Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle good?

The Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle is a fantastic deal on streaming TV service for the whole family, with 31,000+ hours of content. That’s a smaller library than most streaming services offer, but it’s quality over quantity at a reasonable price.

With Paramount+, you get popular series from CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon, plus every Star Trek series and tons of on-demand movies. You’ll also get up to four live channels (CBS, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, and ET Live).

SHOWTIME includes dozens of premium series, hundreds of popular movies, and the network’s live East Coast and West Coast feeds so you can watch live boxing and MMA events.

Avoid the more affordable Essential plan ($11.99 a month), which includes ads and does not include your local CBS channel. Instead, go with Premium ($14.99 a month), which has no ads and all of the content.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle pros and cons

Pros

  • Great value
  • Quality over quantity
  • Tons of premium movies and shows
  • 3 streams for each service

Cons

  • Smaller library
  • Two separate apps
  • Poor value (Essential plan)

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Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle deals

You can try Paramount+/SHOWTIME free for 30 days, which is great since Paramount+ typically has only a seven-day trial.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle plans and prices

Plan Price Channels Streams Details
Paramount Plus Essential (ads) + SHOWTIME $11.99/mo. or $119.99/yr. 5 6* View plan
Paramount Plus Premium (ad-free) / SHOWTIME $14.99/mo. or $149.99/yr. 6 6* View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.

* Three streams for each streaming app.

With the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle, you’ll save 25%–29% over the regular prices of Paramount+ ($4.99–$9.99 a month) and SHOWTIME ($10.99 a month). That’s a solid deal for so much content (we’ll get into specifics later).

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle vs. competition

Plan Price Live channels Library Streams Details
Paramount Plus Essential (ads) + SHOWTIME $11.99/mo. or $119.99/yr. 5 Paramount+: 30,000 hrs.
SHOWTIME: 600+ titles
6* View plan
Paramount Plus Premium (ad-free) + SHOWTIME $14.99/mo. or $149.99/yr. 6 Paramount+: 30,000 hrs.
SHOWTIME: 600+ titles
6* View plan
HBO Max $9.99–$14.99/mo. N/A 2,800 titles 3 View plan
Discovery+ $4.99–$6.99/mo. N/A 55,000 hrs. 4 View plan
Netflix $9.99–$19.99/mo. N/A 5,400+ titles 1–4 View plan
Amazon Prime Video $8.99–$14.99/mo. N/A 25,000+ titles 3 View Plan
Hulu $6.99–$12.99/mo. N/A 40,000+ titles 2 View plan
Peacock Free–$9.99/mo. N/A 40,000–60,000 hrs. 3 View plan

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.

* Three streams for each streaming app.

The main competition for Paramount+/SHOWTIME will be HBO Max once it’s combined with Discovery+. Since we don’t know pricing details for HBO Max/Discovery+, we can’t really discuss value without engaging in some educated speculation.

First, let’s add the regular prices of HBO Max ($9.99–$14.99 a month) and Discovery+ ($4.99–$6.99 a month). Now discount the total by 25%–29% (like with the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle). That puts the hypothetical price of combining HBO Max and Discovery+ at $10.99–$15.99 monthly.

If our guesswork is accurate, that’s a pretty good deal. HBO Max with Discovery+ will have much more content than even Paramount+/SHOWTIME’s hefty library.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle channels

Live TV is one advantage Paramount+ and SHOWTIME have over HBO Max and Discovery+. SHOWTIME includes two live channels—East Coast and West Coast feeds of the same broadcast. All SHOWTIME content is available on-demand, but these live channels help you catch live boxing and MMA events right as they’re happening.

With Paramount+, you get up to four live channels. If you choose the ad-free Paramount+ Premium/SHOWTIME bundle ($14.99 a month), you’ll get CBS (the live local channel), CBSN (news), CBS Sports HQ (sports news, scores, and highlights), and ET Live (entertainment and celebrity news and event coverage).

Live channel lineup

Channel Paramount Plus Essential (ads) + SHOWTIME Paramount Plus Premium (ad-free) + SHOWTIME
SHOWTIME East
SHOWTIME West
CBS
CBSN (news)
CBS Sports HQ (sports news, scores, and highlights)
ET Live

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.

The ad-supported Paramount+ Essential plan ($11.99 a month) has all of those channels except CBS (but you can still watch live NFL and UEFA Champions League games through separate feeds).

A $3.00-a-month discount is already hardly worth all the time you’ll spend watching ads, but does Paramount have to withhold CBS, too? So, for any streaming service, we always recommend the ad-free plan—in this case, you want the Paramount+ Premium ($14.99 a month) version of the bundle.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle shows and movies

In the following table, you’ll see two measurements for catalog sizes: content hours and titles. We wish streaming services would decide on a standard way to measure libraries, but we won’t hold our breath. In the meantime, remember that every “title” might be worth one hour—or dozens of hours.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle library size vs. competition

Streaming service Library
Paramount Plus + SHOWTIME bundle (both versions) Paramount+: 30,000 hrs.
SHOWTIME: 600+ titles
HBO Max 2,800 titles
Discovery+ 55,000 hrs.
Netflix 5,400+ titles
Amazon Prime Video 25,000+ titles
Hulu 40,000+ titles
Peacock 40,000–60,000 hrs.

Data as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by area and are subject to change.

* CableTV.com’s estimate.

So Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle’s catalog is probably one of the smallest among its competitors, but it’s a matter of quality vs. quantity. Paramount+ and SHOWTIME bring a lot of great content to the bundle—everything from popular CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon series to live sports to premium original series to popular films.

Also, Paramount+ and SHOWTIME both include live sports, which you won’t find on HBO Max, Hulu, or Netflix. (But Amazon Prime Video and Peacock do carry some live sports).

Bottom line: You’ll have a lot to watch with this Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle. Here’s a sampling of the included movies and shows from each service.

Shows on Paramount Plus (partial list)

  • 1883
  • Bar Rescue
  • Beavis and Butt-head
  • Big Brother
  • Bubble Guppies
  • Chappelle’s Show
  • Cheers
  • Criminal Minds
  • CSI
  • Daria
  • Evil
  • Frasier
  • The Good Wife
  • iCarly
  • Joe Pickett
  • Key & Peele
  • Love Island
  • Peppa Pig
  • Players
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race
  • Spongebob Squarepants
  • Star Trek series
  • MTV’s The State
  • Survivor
  • Teachers
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
  • Wings
  • Young Sheldon

Shows on SHOWTIME (partial list)

  • The Affair
  • Back to Life
  • Billions
  • Black Monday
  • Californication
  • Desus & Mero
  • Dexter (original and New Blood)
  • The Good Lord Bird
  • Happyish
  • House of Lies
  • I’m Dying Up Here
  • I Love That For You
  • Kidding
  • The L Word (original and Generation Q)
  • Moon Base 8
  • Penn & Teller: Bullshit!
  • Queer as Folk
  • Ray Donovan
  • Shameless
  • Super Pumped
  • The Man Who Fell to Earth
  • Twenties
  • Twin Peaks: The Return
  • United States of Tara
  • VICE
  • We Need to Talk About Cosby
  • Who Is America?
  • Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men
  • Yellowjackets

Movies on Paramount Plus (partial list)

  • Anchorman
  • Beavis and Butt-head Do the Universe
  • Black Sunday
  • Charlotte’s Web (2006)
  • Clerks
  • Faults
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Forrest Gump
  • Good Burger
  • The Heavenly Kid
  • Hey Arnold! The Movie
  • Indiana Jones movies
  • Interstellar
  • Jackass Forever
  • J.D.’s Revenge
  • Legend of Leadbelly
  • Love and Monsters
  • Mission Impossible 1, 2, and 4
  • Office Space
  • The Ring
  • Scream 1–4
  • South Park specials
  • Spongebob movies
  • Spy Kids movies
  • Star Trek movies
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014)
  • The Wolf of Wall Street

Movies on SHOWTIME (partial list)

  • Climax
  • The Farewell
  • Fear of a Black Hat
  • The Go-Go’s
  • The Green Knight
  • Hereditary
  • How to Talk to Girls at Parties
  • The Jesus Rolls
  • Lamb
  • The Lighthouse
  • The Long Shadow
  • Madonna & Basquiat
  • Mission Impossible 3
  • New York Ninja
  • Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
  • Pulp Fiction
  • Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic
  • Run Lola Run
  • Same Sex America
  • Some Kind of Wonderful
  • Tusk
  • The Watermelon Woman
  • Whiplash
  • XY Chelsea
  • You’re Watching Video Music Box

Pro tip: Paramount+ and SHOWTIME share many films. So, when a movie drops off of either service, check the other one—there’s a good chance you’ll find the film there. You won’t find that benefit with HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, or any other streaming TV service.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle streams

Plans Streams
Paramount Plus Essential (ads) / SHOWTIME 6
Paramount Plus Premium (ad-free) / SHOWTIME 6

Data as of post date. * Three streams for each streaming app.

No matter which version of the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle you choose, you’ll get three simultaneous streams—on each app. So three household members can use SHOWTIME at once, and three can use Paramount+ at once. That’ll come in handy with big families.

Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle devices

Device SHOWTIME Paramount+
Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV
Android phones, tablets (Android 7.0+)
Android TV (LeEco TV, Sony Bravia, Hisense TV)
Apple TV (3rd gen.+)
Apple TV 4K
Chromecast, Chromecast with Google TV
Cox Contour Box
Facebook Portal TV
iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, iPad Mini iPhone, iPad
LG Smart TV (with webOS)
Nintendo Switch
NVIDIA SHIELD TV Pro
Oculus Go Via web browser
Oculus Quest Via web browser
PC browsers
Mac browsers
PlayStation 4, 5 PS4 only
Roku, Roku TV
Samsung TVs (select models)
TiVo Stream 4K
VIZIO TV (select models)
Wii
Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
Xfinity Flex, X1
Xiaomi devices Xiaomi Mi Box Select devices

Data as of post date.

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Final take

If you’re looking for a bargain on quality on-demand streaming TV services, the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle has what you want—plus a bit of live TV, which most competing streaming services don’t have—for a very reasonable price.

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Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle FAQ

Is the Paramount Plus/SHOWTIME bundle worth it?

Yes, the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle is absolutely worth it. We recommend getting the Paramount+ Premium version of the bundle ($14.99 a month), which has nearly 32,000 hours of ad-free content, plus six live channels (CBS, CBSN, CBS Sports HQ, ET Live, and two live SHOWTIME feeds) with live sports, news, and entertainment.

Is SHOWTIME included with Paramount Plus?

Unfortunately, SHOWTIME does not come with Paramount+, but you can order the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle ($11.99–$14.99 a month). We recommend the Paramount+ Premium version of the bundle.

I’m a SHOWTIME subscriber—can I upgrade to the Paramount Plus bundle?

Yes, you can upgrade your SHOWTIME subscription to the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle.

  1. Log into your SHOWTIME account.
  2. Go to “Settings.”
  3. Scroll down to Your Account and look to the right for the “Bundle with Paramount+” link. Select your preferred version of the bundle.

I’m a Paramount Plus subscriber—can I upgrade to the SHOWTIME bundle?

You can upgrade your existing Paramount+ subscription to the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle.

  1. Log into your Paramount+ account.
  2. Go to “Subscription & Billing,” then “Add-Ons,” then “Manage Add-Ons.”
  3. Select “Add SHOWTIME” and choose your preferred bundle version.

Are there any bundles that include Paramount Plus?

Check out the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle, which has almost 32,000 hours of content. There are two plans: Essential (with ads) is $11.99 a month, and Premium (no ads) is $14.99 a month. Besides ads, the main difference between the two plans is that Essential doesn’t include your live local CBS channel.

Methodology

Our TV experts have logged hundreds of hours researching and testing Paramount+, SHOWTIME, and their competitors. For this review, we compared the Paramount+/SHOWTIME bundle with competing on-demand streaming services and bundles, looking at plans, pricing, content, features, and more.

We then analyzed the data, converting it into accurate, helpful recommendations for our readers. For more on our process, see our How We Rank page.

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