Paramount Plus: Where and How to Stream, List of Must-See Movies
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How do I watch Paramount+?
The service will be available on a variety of devices and platforms. If you’re watching on a computer or laptop, you find Paramount Plus at https://www.paramountplus.com/ to watch through an internet browser. According to ViacomCBS, Paramount Plus will be supported “across a wide number of platforms, including apps on smart TVs and connected-TV devices, online, mobile, gaming consoles, and leading OTT providers.” While the company doesn’t go into detail, for reference purposes, CBS All Access is supported on the following popular devices as well as several others:
• Apple TV
• Amazon Fire TV
• Android TV
• Xbox One or Xbox Series X
• Playstation 4 or 5
• Portal TV
• Samsung TV
• Vizio TV
• LG TV
• Xfinity Flex
• iPhone and iPad
Where to stream service of Paramount Apps?
|"The Real World Homecoming: New York" is among the original series that will be available when Paramount Plus launches on Thursday, March 4|
The Paramount Plus apps are everywhere today (March 4), and that's not always the case on launch day of a new service.
While the service may not have a huge must-see hit out of the gate (Real World and Sponge-Bob fans may disagree), the successor to CBS All Access will avoid the pothole that HBO Max and Peacock hit.
So, read on to find out where to download the Paramount Plus apps. And the good news is simple: If you already have the CBS All Access app, you just need to wait for it to update.
Paramount Plus app on Roku
Unlike most of the new streaming services of 2020, Paramount Plus won't have a Roku problem. Yes, unlike Peacock and HBO Max, Paramount Plus is on Roku on day 1. Simply put, the service blossomed from the CBS All Access app on March 4, turning into Paramount Plus.
Paramount Plus app on Firestick
Similarly, Paramount Plus is on Fire TV on day 1. The CBS All Access app transformed into Paramount+ overnight, so you can watch right now on your Fire TV Stick, Fire TV or Fire TV Cube.
Paramount Plus app on Chromecast with Google TV
For Paramount Plus on the new Chromecast and all Android TV devices, you're going to use the Google Play store. Of course, it's just like the same, as the CBS All Access app converted to Paramount+.
Paramount Plus app on Apple TV, iOS and iPad
Again, the Paramount Plus app for Apple devices appeared in the spot that the CBS All Access app occupied. So, that meant everyone with the app just had to update it to see the rebranded version go live.
Paramount Plus app on Samsung TV
To find Paramount Plus on your Samsung TV, you'll need to find the app store on your TV. Look for the dedicated store button on your remote, click that and look for the Search icon. Then, type in Paramount Plus (or, failing that, CBS All Access) as the app may not have converted yet.
List of 10 Movies to Watch on Paramount Plus
AI ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE
While sci-fi drama AI Artificial Intelligence was received with a split reception when it was released in 2000, the dark sci-fi story has become one of Steven Spielberg’s most appreciated films of the 21st century. Based on the late Stanley Kubrick’s incomplete production of Brian Aldiss’ 1969 short story “Supertoys Last All Summer Long,” AI is a speculative fiction spin on Carlo Collodi’s classic children’s story The Adventures of Pinocchio, set in a future world populated by synthetic humanoid robots and wracked by the devastating consequences of global climate change. The story of David, played by The Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment, and his quest to become a “real” boy is a stirring modern fable of what it means to be alive versus what it means to be human. —Toussaint Egan
If you’ve heard of but never seen Infernal Affairs, Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s 2002 Hong Kong crime drama starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung, you’re more than likely to recognize it as the basis for Martin Scorsese’s 2006 Oscar-winning crime thriller The Departed. Lau and Leung play undercover police Inspector Lau Kin-ming and undercover Triad member Chan Wing-yan, locked in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game vying to complete their respective missions while retaining their own sense of identity in the process. Lines are crossed and blurred as the concepts of right and wrong, lawful or unlawful explode into the film’s iconic climactic showdown. —TE
THE BIG BOSS
The Big Boss is a fun watch. Bruce Lee had a lot of ideas about how action filmmaking should be done correctly, and this movie was made before he was important enough for people to listen to him. It’s a chance to see Bruce do things he’d never do again. Punching a guy through a wall, leaving a man-shaped hole, flying through the air in cartoonish trampoline leaps, and plunging his fingers into an opponent’s chest, Mola Ram style. Paramount Plus has a few Bruce Lee movies thanks to the Miramax deal, but this is the one to check out. —Patrick Gill
EAGLE VS. SHARK
Fans of Taika Waititi’s Marvel output will want to dive back into his filmography and discover this indie rom-com, which stars Jemaine Clement and Loren Horsley as Jarrod and Lily, a geeky pair who fall head over heels ... then keep falling. Unfairly maligned for its quirky sensibilities in the wake of Napoleon Dynamite, Eagle vs. Shark has that intangible weirdo sensibility that’s come to define everything from They Might Be Giants to the corners of Tumblr, and Clement and Horsley are more than ready to play the game. They’re awkward, colorful, and riddled with their own anxieties. Jarrod’s family is somehow even deeper in their own bubble. By seeing them all as people, Waititi crafts a thoughtful comedy about the voices in our heads through the experiences of characters that almost always say and express what they’re feeling. —MP
One of Paramount Plus’ biggest gets isn’t the studio’s own vault, but the back catalogue of Miramax, the premiere indie and foreign film distributor of the 2000s. The studio’s film Baran is a touching story of young love and hardship, following Lateef, a young Iranian boy who loses a servant job to the “son” of a construction worker and is sent to work, illegally, hauling cement at the site. But the boy who replaced him, the target of all of Lateef’s ire, is actually a young girl, and one who he’ll fight to protect as the status quo is continuously upended. Shot with a neorealist eye and careful to avoid melodrama, Baran, which Miramax released in 2002, played a small-but-pivotal in humanizing the Iranian people and Afghan refugees after the tragic events of September 11. The film works just as well 20 years later. —Matt Patches
David Cronenberg’s 1999 sci-fi horror thriller about virtual-reality video games is as perfect a capstone to the director’s decade-spanning run of body-horror classics as possible. Running with the torch from films like 1981’s Scanners and 1983’s Videodrome, EXistenZ follows Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), a game designer who must enter her creation, the simulated world of “EXistenZ” contained in a bio-technological fetus-like apparatus known as a “game pod,” in an attempt to repair it following a failed attempt on her life. Lost in the psychological strata of her own invention, Allegra must rely on the help of Ted Pikul (Jude Law), a marketing trainee who has a new game pod installed inside himself. The line between what is real and what is the game blurs as grotesque horrors and reality-distorting feints in an elaborate game of subterfuge coalesce into a disturbing odyssey of radical stakes and proportion. —TE
THE ITALIAN JOB (1969)
Before there was Mark Wahlberg, there was Michael Caine. Set to a smooth-operating score by none other than Quincy Jones, this British caper has all the swagger of Ocean’s 11, plus car chases. Yes, the remake you probably knew better lifted all the Mini Cooper action director Peter Collinson’s original. But this movie has Caine in his prime: studly, dangerous, and open to a good B-movie turn. —MP
Written by The Devil Wears Prada and Crazy Ex-Girlfriend co-creator Aline Brosh McKenna and produced by J.J. Abrams, this old-fashioned romantic comedy stars Rachel McAdams as Becky, a wannabe producer whose hustle to land the Today show keeps her perpetually too busy to date. She settles for the struggling morning news gabfest DayBreak, just as ratings begin to plummet. Her plan: Match the spiraling host Colleen (Diane Keaton) with a veteran news man (Harrison Ford) and hope they don’t strangle each other on screen. Maybe she’ll find love along the way — you know how these things go! Morning Glory is the best case scenario of a formula, McKenna breathing dimension and quirk into the characters, and director Roger Michell wisely throwing Natasha Bedingfield’s “Strip Me’ on the soundtrack. Banger. —MP
Gore Verbinski’s American remake of Hideo Nakata 1998 supernatural horror classic The Ring was a runaway pop culture phenomenon when it first released in 2002, introducing Western audiences to the wonderful world of J-horror cinema and going on to be parodied in everything from Scary Movie 3 to Family Guy. Naomi Watts stars as Rachel Keller, a journalist who goes undercover to uncover the strange connection between the unexplainable deaths of her niece and three friends and a mysterious videotape they watched one week prior. But when Rachel views the tape herself, she finds herself caught in a race against time to solve the mystery and put to rest the vengeful spirit now fixated on claiming the lives of her and all else who watch it. —TE
Spielberg spent a lot of time making movies for Paramount, so we have to recommend a second. His adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s short story introduced audiences to the idea of hand gesture-assisted augmented reality and wall-scaling automobiles. Minority Report stars Tom Cruise as PreCrime Cpt. John Anderton, leader of a police organization dedicated to apprehending criminals before they’ve even committed a crime using a trio of psychics who invasively pore over the unconscious minds of every hapless American in the future. When Anderton himself is preemptively accused of committing a murder, he must flee from the very system he had dedicated his life to uphold and undercover the dark secret behind its origins. —TE
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