Paramount is raising streaming prices – What you need to know

Paramount Global Hikes Streaming Prices Amid Strategic Business Overhaul

Paramount Global is set to increase the prices of its flagship streaming service, Paramount+, in a bid to turn around its business. This move is part of a broader strategy to enhance profitability and streamline operations amidst a competitive streaming market.

The Importance of Paramount’s Price Hike

The price hike for Paramount+ comes at a critical time as the company aims to capitalize on its growing subscriber base and offset streaming-related losses. With other major media companies also raising their streaming prices, Paramount’s decision aligns with industry trends aimed at achieving sustainable profitability.

Key Details of the Price Increase

  1. New Pricing Structure: Starting August 20, new subscribers will see the Paramount+ with Showtime plan increase by $1 to $12.99 per month. The Paramount+ Essential option will rise by $2 to $7.99 per month. Existing subscribers of the Paramount+ with Showtime plan will experience the price hike on or after September 20, while existing Paramount+ Essential customers will not see a price increase.
  2. Commercial Option: The limited commercial option for current Paramount+ customers will also increase by $1, making it $7.99 per month.

Detailed Insights into Paramount’s Strategy

  1. Industry Trend of Price Hikes: Paramount’s price increase follows similar moves by other media giants. Comcast’s NBCUniversal is raising prices for Peacock ahead of the Summer Olympics, marking its second increase in the past year. Warner Bros. Discovery also announced a price hike for its Max streaming service earlier this month. These changes reflect a broader industry trend as companies seek to balance content costs with revenue generation.
  2. Subscriber Growth and Financial Performance: Paramount added 3.7 million Paramount+ subscribers in the first quarter, bringing the total to 71 million. Despite this growth, the company posted streaming-related losses, which narrowed to $286 million from $511 million the previous year. The price hike is part of a strategy to reduce these losses and enhance financial stability.
  3. Mergers and Strategic Moves: Recently, National Amusements ceased merger talks with Skydance. Paramount is now led by the “Office of the CEO,” consisting of CBS CEO George Cheeks, Paramount Media Networks CEO Chris McCarthy, and Paramount Pictures CEO Brian Robbins. This leadership team has laid out a plan to turn around the company, focusing on debt reduction, exploring streaming joint ventures, and eliminating $500 million in costs.

In-depth Analysis of the Strategic Shifts

Paramount’s decision to increase streaming prices is a calculated move to improve its financial health. The strategic priorities outlined by the leadership trio aim to position the company for long-term success amidst a rapidly evolving media landscape.


  1. Revenue Generation: Increasing subscription prices is a direct approach to boosting revenue. Given the competitive streaming market, maintaining a balance between affordability and profitability is crucial. Paramount’s price hikes reflect a strategic response to this challenge.
  2. Cost Management and Efficiency: The company’s focus on reducing costs and divesting noncore assets underscores its commitment to operational efficiency. These measures are essential for maintaining competitive advantage and financial sustainability.
  3. Market Positioning: By combining the Showtime and Paramount+ platforms, Paramount aims to optimize content spending and enhance its value proposition to subscribers. This consolidation is part of a broader industry trend towards platform integration to streamline operations and improve user experience.

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