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Paramount+ Subscribers Seeing Too Many Ads (Possible Fix)


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Paramount+ subscribers paying for an ad-free experience appear to be encountering ads. While it should be expected that even ad-free subscribers will occasionally see ads, the frequency and quantity of commercials reported seems to suggest there is a bigger problem with the service at the moment. Thankfully, there might also be a short-term workaround for those experiencing the problem.

Paramount+ is one of the newer services to arrive, considering it only launched this year, taking on the mantle from CBS All Access. The service offers two main plans with one of the fundamental differences being the inclusion of ads. Those happy to see ads can pay the reduced $4.99 per month rate, while those wanting a commercial-free experience will pay $9.99 per month.

In recent days, there has been an increased number of users reporting ads are not only being shown to ad-free customers, but in excessive amounts. In other words, ads are displayed as routinely as for ad-supported subscribers and last just as long. In addition to the complaints that have surfaced online, Streaming Better has also heard directly from a number of affected subscribers as well.

Further adding to the suggestion that there is a problem. Paramount+’s help account on Twitter has been responding to some of the complaints stating, “we appreciate your patience while we work on resolving this issue.” The responses also suggest a possible fix for the situation.

Possible fix for too many Paramount+ ads

While it remains to be seen what is exactly causing the issue, the problem could be related to the authentication of accounts. For example, those paying for the ad-free experience not being registered as ad-free, resulting in the serving of a ‘with ads’ streaming experience. As a way to establish the correct subscription level, the Paramount+ help account suggests resetting the app on a device. Specifically, the advice being given to subscribers is to completely sign out of the Paramount+ app on all devices, before restarting the device, relaunching the app and signing back in again. Although not mentioned by Paramount+ it may also be worthwhile for subscribers to clear the cache for the Paramount+ app as well, before restarting the device.

Whether the fix works for all subscribers, it does seem clear that there is an issue at the moment with Paramount+ serving more ads than it should to ad-free subscribers. At the same time, the company also appears to be aware of the issue and working on more of a long-term fix for the too many ads problem.

Source: Paramount+ Help (Twitter)

John Finn


13 responses to “Paramount+ Subscribers Seeing Too Many Ads (Possible Fix)”

  1. jamie johnson Avatar
    jamie johnson

    30 min show with 4 seperate 90-112 sec ads ??1 tht’s insane!

  2. Wow. Used to exaggerating and hype in these forums, but most of these comments are on the kinder side. In over a half century of watching all manner of TV content, have never seen anything that matches the frequency and length of commercial breaks as this service.

  3. This network is ridiculous with all the ads I feel like I’m watching a commercial show with small breaks of Yellowstone don’t have time or patience for this

  4. Every 5 minutes there are commercials watching Yellowstone on Paramount Thanksgiving weekend absolutely insane can’t watch it…..

  5. One ad at the beginning of show to grab your attention and when you are into it then comes the frequent 2 minute ads . Not worth it

  6. 9 months later they still have no solution.

  7. The “help” section says a “few” shows may still show “10 to 20 second ads”. What a crock of poo! Every single show I’ve watched since I signed up has ads, and they are at least 30 seconds each.

  8. Expect some commercials with the cheaper plan, but, there are way too many. Can use Tivo and OTA for free. May go back.

  9. 20 minute tv show, with 6 ad breaks 90 seconds each. This is insane

  10. The ads are becoming worse, this is a terrible business model that is going to drive this service under. Enjoy it now Paramount…

  11. I signed up for Paramount plus as a brand new customer using premium with no ads and was completely inundated with ads trying to watch star trek . I canceled 30 minutes after signing up

  12. Too many annoying Ads

  13. Shaniquea Avatar

    I sent several emails and messages and so far no ads. I’ve been with all access CBS for about 15-20 yrs paying the no ads premium. I don’t care who purchased who or merge with whom don’t change my service. If I want to watch commercials I’ll watch YouTube tv, or Pluto, peacock. Which I do sometimes but not often.

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