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How to Watch Paramount Plus on Roku

How to Watch Paramount Plus on Roku

How to Watch Paramount Plus on Roku

How can you watch Paramount Plus on Roku? If you have a Roku device or the Roku Channel, you can enjoy content from Paramount Plus, like sports, movies, kids’ shows, science, music videos, old favorite TV shows, popular new shows, original content, and more. Follow the easy steps below to enjoy premium content from Paramount Plus on Roku. 

What Is Roku?

Roku on tv streaming with remote
Roku is available on its own devices and many newer smart TVs.

Roku is a popular streaming service that also offers its own devices. The Roku Channel is different from the Roku smart platform. The platform includes access to the Roku Channel, but the channel is also available on other platforms. 

The Roku Channel works similarly to Netflix or Hulu but offers a vast scope of content directly from Roku. Introduced in 2017, Roku has updated its access and expanded content several times to offer consumers an increasingly wider variety of programming. 

What Is Paramount Plus? 

Paramount+ plus streaming service
Paramount Plus is a rapidly growing streaming service from Paramount and is available on Roku.

Paramount is an immediately recognizable name in entertainment, but don’t confuse the Paramount Network with Paramount Plus (often written as Paramount+). The Paramount Network is a channel on cable and satellite television offering superb content, but it’s not the same as what you can find on Paramount Plus, the on-demand streaming service. Depending on your device, you can likely find the Paramount Network on Roku and maybe even the Paramount Plus app. If it is not already available, you can add the Paramount Plus app to your device. 

Paramount Plus offers live sports, popular TV shows, great movies, and lots of original content you won’t find on the Paramount Network. Paramount Plus even offers an upgrade to include Showtime for an even wider selection of movies. 

How to Watch Paramount Plus on Roku

The latest and best smart TVs have high-resolution displays and technology to enjoy your favorite content when you watch Paramount Plus on Roku. Users can stream sports, news, movies, TV shows, and more on Paramount+ in The Roku Channel on any Roku device. You can also download the Roku app for iOS and Android mobile devices and many smart TVs

Step 1: Add the Paramount+ Channel to Roku 

Roku TV home page.
Begin by adding Paramount Plus from your Roku home page.

Use these simple steps to add the Paramount+ channel to your Roku service: 

Using a Roku Device:

  1. Press the Home button on your Roku remote.
  2. Select The Roku Channel. The Subscriptions screen automatically comes up. 
  3. Browse the available subscriptions in the Subscriptions Carousel.
  4. Select the Paramount+ channel. 

On the Internet:

  1. Select the Roku channel on your Roku account home screen. 
  2. The Subscriptions screen automatically displays.
  3. Navigate to the Browse Subscriptions carousel.
  4. Select the Paramount+ channel. 

On Your Smart TV:

  1. Navigate to your Roku account home screen. Your available subscriptions should display automatically. 
  2. Select the Paramount Plus channel. If it does not display, use the Browse Subscriptions carousel to locate it. 
  3. Select the Paramount+ channel. 

Step 2: Sign Up for a Paramount Plus Subscription 

Watch Paramount Plus on Vizio.
Once you have Paramount Plus on your Roku, you’ll need to sign up for service to access the content.

You must sign up for a subscription after adding Paramount Plus to your Roku. Follow these steps: 

  1. After installing Paramount Plus on Roku, click the Paramount Plus icon. 
  2. Click “Start a 7-day Free Trial” or choose another subscription plan. 
  3. You’ll be taken to a “Create Account” screen that will already include your Roku account information. Select the “Next” option. 
  4. Enter your Roku PIN
  5. A Roku payment page lets you complete the billing process via your Roku account. Do so, then then select “Continue.”

Step 3: Start Watching Paramount Plus on Roku

On modern smart TVs, you should automatically be returned to the Paramount Plus home screen to begin streaming your favorite content. If not, follow these steps: 

  1. Choose the Paramount Plus app 
  2. Select Sign In > On my TV.
  3. Enter the email address and password used when subscribing to Paramount+ and select Sign In. 

Options and Troubleshooting Paramount Plus on Roku

System settings on Roku TV.
Under System, scroll down to System update and check to see if an update is available.

Always be sure you are using the latest version of Paramount Plus. If the app was included on your Roku device or smart TV, follow the steps below to ensure you have the latest and best version available. 

  1. Go the the Roku home screen. 
  2. Select “Settings” and then “System.”
  3. Select “System Update” then click “Check Now.” 
  4. The system will check your version and automatically update it if necessary. 

Closed-Captioning

Accessibility settings on Roku TV.
Under Settings, select Accessibility, then choose Captions Mode for subtitles and captioning.

If you prefer closed captioning as you watch Paramount Plus on Roku, use these steps to activate this feature: 

  1. Press the home button on your Roku remote
  2. Scroll down on the home screen to “Settings” in the Roku menu.
  3. Select “Accessibility,” then “Captions Mode.”
  4. Turn on closed captions at the right side of the screen. 

Your Captions Mode menu may have different options depending on your Roku device model or smart TV.  

Watch Paramount Plus on Other Services and Devices

Man watching smart tv television in living room
Most new smart TVs include Paramount Plus in their available streaming services.

Newer smart TVs typically include Paramount Plus in their available streaming services, or you can download the app directly. Watching Paramount+ through other services and on older devices is also possible. In addition to Roku, Paramount Plus is available on:

  • Web browsers
  • Apple TV, iPhone and iPad
  • Android TV, phone and tablet
  • Chromecast
  • Fire TV
  • Portal TVs
  • PlayStation 4
  • Samsung TVs
  • Vizio TVs
  • LG TVs
  • Xbox One, Series S and Series X
  • Xfinity Flex and X1 

Pros and Cons of Watching Paramount Plus on Roku

Watching Paramount Plus on Roku has many advantages and a few detractions. Keep these pros and cons in mind as you consider this entertainment option. 

Pros 

  • The movie selection is enormous, including new releases and old favorites.
  • Star Trek fans will find tons of related content.
  • Live sports are included, with favorites like the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, and some college sports.
  • Most packages include a local CBS affiliate. 
  • Paramount Plus has great original programming, such as the 1883 and 1932 spinoffs of the ever-popular Yellowstone saga on Peacock. 
  • A 7-day free trial is available. 

Cons

  • Live sports means LIVE; no pause, rewind, or fast-forward features exist.  
  • The original programming options are fewer than those on other services. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you watch live sports with Paramount Plus on Roku?

Yes. Live sports are available to watch with Paramount Plus on Roku. This includes the NFL, NBA, WNBA, NHL, and many college sports. 

Is Roku different from the Roku Channel?

Yes. The Roku Channel is different from the Roku smart platform. The Roku platform includes access to the Roku Channel, but the channel is also available on other platforms. 

How much is it to watch Paramount Plus on Roku?

Consumers can choose from two plans to watch Paramount Plus on Roku: Paramount+ Essential is $5.99 per month, or Paramount+ with Showtime is $11.99 per month. Paramount Plus with Showtime includes your local live CBS station, NFL on CBS, and UEFA Champions League.

Does Paramount Plus offer a free trial period on Roku?

Yes. Users can sign up for a 7-day free trial to try Paramount Plus on Roku.

Is Paramount and Paramount Plus the same?

No. Don’t confuse the Paramount Channel with Paramount Plus (often written as Paramount+). The Paramount Network is a channel on cable and satellite television offering superb content, but not the same as what you can find on Paramount Plus, the on-demand streaming service.

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