Changes are underway at Showtime. The premium network known for shows including The Chi, Billions, and Yellowjackets has been folded into Paramount+.
The merged streaming service called “Paramount+ With Showtime” officially launched for subscribers on Tuesday (June 27).
“By adopting the boundary-pushing programming of Showtime onto our platform, Paramount+ has fortified itself as the ultimate total household destination in streaming,” Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Paramount Streaming, said in a statement.
Paramount+ Premium subscribers can automatically access Showtime content under the rebranded platform.
Existing Showtime streaming subscribers can continue to watch their favorite programs on the Showtime website and apps until the end of 2023. After that, the Showtime apps will be discontinued, per Paramount Streaming.
Full details on how to access the new Paramount+ With Showtime service can be found here.
Parent company Paramount Global first announced the changes to its streaming platforms back in January.
But there’s a cost to consumers. The monthly price of the ad-free Paramount+ tier with Showtime will rise to $11.99/month, from a previous $9.99. The Paramount+ Essential tier without Showtime and with ads increases from $4.99 to $5.99 a month.
The changes come as media giants try to cut costs in hopes of making their streaming services profitable amid intense competition.
About 120 Showtime staffers have been laid off as part of the integration, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The Showtime TV channel remains as is, for now. But it will eventually be rebranded.
Before the merged streaming service was switched on, Paramount+ said last week it was removing four shows from the platform including The Game revival; competition series Queen of the Universe; animated series Star Trek: Prodigy and musical series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.