Paramount Plus does require a paid subscription to watch shows, movies and exclusive content, but there are also a few ways to get Paramount+ for free. Most of these options won’t be available to everyone, but if they apply to you, it can save on the price of a subscription, or remove the cost completely.
The monthly price of a Paramount Plus subscription depends on the quality of the experience a consumer wants. For those just looking for the cheapest plan overall, the Essential tier costs $4.99 per month. Those wanting an ad-free viewing experience can expect to pay $9.99 per month, although it’s worth being aware that ads still might be shown with the more expensive plan. There are also other ways to lower the cost of either an Essential or Premium subscription, including student discounts, annual plans, and limited-time deals.
For those looking to get Paramount+ for free, the easiest way is to simply take advantage of a free trial. The Paramount Plus free trial is available to any subscriber that hasn’t signed up before and is a great way to test the service out or catch up on the latest shows and movies without paying. Signing up to the free trial is as simple as heading over to the Paramount+ website or downloading the app on a supported device. Of course, the downside with the free trial is that it only lasts a short amount of time. Typically, the free trial length is seven days, but some may find they are offered a longer free period depending on when they sign up.
Other ways to watch Paramount+ for free (or almost free)
For consumers that also happen to be T-Mobile customers, they may be able to get Paramount Plus for free for an entire year. T-Mobile is a carrier known for giving freebies to its customers and Paramount+ subscriptions are no different. Providing someone in the home already has an eligible T-Mobile or Sprint plan, they may also be eligible for a free Paramount+ subscription.
In addition to the eligibility requirement, a downside of T-Mobile’s ‘Paramount+ On Us’ deal is that it only applies to the Essential plan. Therefore, subscribers will be limited in a number of ways, such as having no option to skip the commercials. Automatic billing will also be in effect, so consumers will want to make sure that they cancel the Paramount+ subscription before the end of the year if they don’t want to continue with the service. Otherwise, they run the risk of automatically being charged the usual monthly rate.
This last option is not exactly free, but it may be cheap enough to make the cost negligible for any individuals that are already also Showtime subscribers. A standard Showtime subscription costs $10.99 per month, but there is actually the option to bundle Showtime and Paramount Plus subscriptions together. The bundle deal originally launched at just $9.99 per month, but currently costs $11.99 each month. Essentially, this brings the price of Paramount Plus down to just $1 per month – providing the individual already has an active Showtime subscription.
Similar to the T-Mobile method, the Showtime and Paramount+ bundle only includes the Essential (with ads) Paramount Plus plan. While there is the option to upgrade the Paramount Plus plan to the ‘without ads’ Premium tier, this will also increase the monthly price to $14.99 per month. Although still cheaper in general, the Premium Showtime bundle is much more expensive that just an additional $1 each month.
Free Paramount Plus summary
There aren’t many ways to get Paramount+ for free, but there are some options depending on the individual’s situation. The easiest and most accessible way is to simply take advantage of the standard free trial. Although limited in the amount of time, it is a good way to quickly catch up on the latest shows, movies and exclusives without paying.
For those that have already used the free trial, or in need of a longer free period, T-Mobile customers can get a Paramount Plus Essential subscription for free for an entire year. Otherwise, Showtime subscribers can add Paramount+ for just an additional $1 per month. While not exactly free, the Showtime-Paramount Plus bundle might be the best way if not eligible for any of the other options.