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Paramount Plus Essential Plan Will Soon Be Free With Walmart+

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A free Paramount Plus Essential subscription will soon be an additional benefit of having a Walmart+ membership. Walmart has also confirmed that the cost of Walmart+ won’t be increasing as a result of Paramount Plus, simply making this a nice free perk for existing members, and a reason for consumers to consider signing up to the retailer’s membership program.

Paramount Plus offers two main plan options for consumers to choose from when signing up directly through the Paramount+ website. Firstly, there’s the $4.99 Essential plan which provides ad-supported access to all of the on-demand content. Then there’s the $9.99 Premium plan which removes the ads and also makes it possible for subscribers to watch their local CBS channel as well. Similar to other services, Paramount Plus does also offer annual plans which reduces the cost down to around $8.33 for the Premium ad-free subscription and around $4.17 for the ad-supported Essential plan.

The free Paramount Plus subscription set to be included with Walmart+ is the Essential plan, resulting in a saving of $4.99 per month. According to the announcement, Paramount Plus through Walmart+ is set to become available starting in September. As this is the Essential plan, anyone taking advantage of the Walmart+ benefit should expect to see ads, as it currently doesn’t seem like there will be an option to remove the ads by upgrading to the Premium plan through Walmart’s membership program.

Speaking of which, for those new to Walmart+, the membership costs $12.95 per month or $98 when singing up and paying for an annual subscription. At $98, the average monthly costs works out to be around $8.16 and that will now include the $4.99 per month price that existing Paramount Plus subscribers are currently paying for their Essential subscription. In addition to membership perks like Paramount Plus, Walmart+ also offers Amazon Prime-like benefits including free shipping from Walmart stores and no minimum spend requirement for shipping.

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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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