Paramount+ continues this year’s European expansion with the announcement of dates and details for launches in four more countries. And some original Star Trek programming will be coming to Asia this week.
Today Paramount announced details for the launch of Paramount+ in France, Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The streaming service will launch in France on December 1, followed by Germany, Switzerland, and Austria on December 8. The announcement mentions the service will include Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, but it will likely also also include Discovery and Prodigy, like with the UK and Italy launches earlier this year. Lower Decks and Picard will remain available in these regions via Amazon Prime Video. Legacy Star Trek series and movies will also likely be included with the streaming service in these four new countries.
Audiences in these new regions will also gain access to more Paramount+ originals (like Halo) along with additional content from Paramount brands including Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, SHOWTIME and the Smithsonian Channel. The service will also feature local content including original series made in French and German.
The price will be €7.99 per month or €79.90 for an annual subscription. The app will be available via Apple, Amazon, Google, Samsung, Roku, mobile devices, and more. Paramount+ will also be available in Germany and Austria via Sky Cinema at no additional charge and in France via Canal+ Serie at no additional charge.
SkyShowtime launching in Netherlands and Portugal
The December launches will be the last launches of Paramount+ in Europe in the near future. For the rest of Europe, Paramount Global has partnered with Comcast on a new service called SkyShowtime, which expands to Portugal and the Netherlands on October 25. SkyShowtime includes Paramount+ originals including original Star Trek content like Strange New Worlds.
SkyShowtime will launch in Spain, Andorra, and Central & Eastern Europe in early 2023. The service will be available direct-to-consumer via the SkyShowtime app across Apple iOS, tvOS, Android devices, and through the website: www.skyshowtime.com.
SkyShowtime launched in September in Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden. Here is the Norweigan trailer for Strange New Worlds.
Strange New Worlds and Discovery on Paramount Channel Asia
Paramount has announced plans to expand into Asia but so far it is only currently available in South Korea, with more launches planned for 2023. However, some of their original content is becoming available on Paramount Channel Asia, available on cable and satellite. This includes the fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery as well as the first season of Strange New Worlds. They are also showing Short Treks and films from the Star Trek movie franchise.
Strange New Worlds is debuting on Wednesday, October 19. For details and the other Star Trek shows and movies, check your local listings.
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I wonder whether Paramount is simply the dumbest company in the entertainment industry. It’s taking them years to roll out their service internationally, but they already removed the new Star Trek shows from existing international platforms at the beginning of the process. In Israel I have Netflix (originally signed up to see Discovery), Prime Video (originally signed up to see Picard), and both Disney+ and Apple+ are also available here. Why is it so difficult for Paramount?