Which power service is better?
If you are looking for a video streaming service that can serve as an alternative to Netflix or cable, peacock and Paramount Plus are two popular options in 2022.
NBC (Peacock) and CBS (Paramount Plus) take their long-running TV rivalry to the next level with on-demand and live streaming content.
With similar pricing structures and content plans, which of these is the best choice for people who want to cut the cord and save money?
Team Clark has reviewed most of the streaming services on the market; we have evaluated them for content libraries, original programming, prices and features.
In this article, I will compare Peacock and Paramount Plus in these key categories to help you decide which service is best for your household.
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Quick facts: Peacock vs. Paramount Plus
|Pricing||Limited free level, subscriptions from $ 4.99 per month||Subscriptions from $ 4.99 per month|
|Parent company||NBCUniversal (Comcast)||Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS)|
|Affiliated TV networks||NBC||CBS|
|The best power options||Office, Yellowstone||Survivor, NCIS|
|Original series||Bel-Air, saved by the clock||1883, The Good Fight|
|Live Sport||OL, Major League Baseball||NCAA Tournament, The Masters|
In this article, I will explore the differences in pricing strategy, content libraries, original programming and streaming features of Peacock and Paramount Plus.
Both Peacock and Paramount Plus use a flexible pricing structure based on users’ tolerance for ad-supported content.
Monthly subscription options from both services start at $ 4.99 and can cost as much as $ 9.99. There are annual subscription options that can save you a few dollars if you are willing to commit for an entire year.
Peacock also offers a free level, but it offers a limited library that excludes many of the popular features of the service.
Here is a look at the pricing model for each service.
|Subscription type||Monthly subscription fee||Annual subscription fee|
|Free team||$ 0||$ 0|
|Peacock Premium (restricted ads)||$ 4.99||$ 49.99|
|Peacock Plus (commercial free)||$ 9.99||$ 99.99|
Paramount Plus prices
|Subscription type||Monthly subscription fee||Annual subscription fee|
|Paramount + Essential (restricted ads)||$ 4.99||$ 49.99|
|Paramount + Premium (commercially free)||$ 9.99||$ 99.99|
Both services have been located in an affordable place compared to some of the industry giants. For example, both are comfortably cheaper than Netflix, which charges upwards of $ 20 per month for the service (starting at $ 10 for a basic offer).
The monthly costs are on par with Apple TV +, Disney +, discovery + and basic Hulu. All of these services fall between $ 5 and $ 8 per month for their on-demand streaming subscriptions.
Peacock and Paramount Plus share similar approaches to content in their subscriptions. You will have access to entire seasons of TV shows, movies and some limited live TV items with both services.
Which of these you think is best may depend on your personal content taste, but we will review how each of these services expands its content library to help you understand why one may offer one program you like but not another.
On-Demand TV and Movies
Since being owned by NBCUniversal, Peacock has access to TV series produced by the NBC family of TV networks as well as the Universal Studios Film Library.
Some well-known TV networks owned by NBCUniversal include: Bravo, CNBC, E !, MSNBC, NBC, Oxygen, SYFY, Universal Kids and USA.
Paramount Plus is currently owned by Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS). It has access to the CBS family of TV networks and movies from the Paramount Library.
Some well-known TV networks owned by Paramount Global include: BET, CBS, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, Showtime and VH1.
With a few rare exceptions, such as Peacock owning the streaming rights to Paramount Network’s great drama Yellowstone, you can expect the availability of streaming for popular programs from the networks and movie studios listed above to be in line with the parent company that owns either Peacock or Paramount I addition to.
Here is a selection of some of the popular TV offerings from each streaming service.
- The office
- Parks and recreation
- Saturday Night Live
- Will & Grace
- 30 Rock
- Friday night light
- Downton Abbey
- King of Queens
- Everyone loves Raymond
- The Law & Order franchises
- Two and a half men
- Blue blood
- Big Brother
- 60 minutes
- Reno 911!
- Chapel show
- The Daily Show
- Key and Peele
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Blue’s Clues
- Paw Patrol
- Peppa pig
Keep in mind that the on-demand libraries for these services can change frequently.
Live streaming of TV channels
Just because you cut the cord or save money by canceling a live TV streaming service, does not mean you can still not get the “traditional TV solution” with these cheaper streaming services.
Both Peacock and Paramount Plus have live TV streaming channels that offer news, sports, weather and entertainment 24 hours a day.
Paramount Plus offers Premium subscribers access to a livestream of the local CBS affiliate in select markets. And Peacock also offers some local NBC content for its paid-level subscribers.
CBS and NBC both have news-oriented streams available on their respective services, which should allow you to be connected to the 24-hour national news cycle if you do not have access to cable news networks.
However, most of these streaming channels are a collection of one type of content delivered in a traditional TV format with commercials. This is similar to something you would expect to see on a free streaming service like Pluto TV.
In an effort to complete the original productions of Netflix, Amazon and Apple’s streaming services, both Peacock and Paramount Plus use their parent companies’ studio space to create their own content.
Top original TV shows
Peacock has chosen to mix some reboots of popular shows of the past, such as Saved By The Bell and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, with new concepts from Hollywood stars that include the original programming menu that is only available to paying customers.
An example of available originals includes:
- Saved by the clock: a reboot of the popular teen comedy from the 1990s features original comic book stars Mario Lopez (AC Slater) and Elizabeth Berkley (Jessie Spano)
- Bel-Air: a modern version of the Will Smith classic The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air from the 1990s
- AP Bio: After two seasons on NBC, this classroom comedy with Glenn Howerton and Patton Oswalt moves to the streaming service for season 3.
- Battlestar Galactica: a reboot of the popular sci-fi series
- Girls5Eva: a Tina Fey-produced show about a one-hit-wonder 90’s band that got back together
- Punky Brewster: a reboot of the popular sitcom from the 1980s
- Who wrote it: a Saturday Night Live documentary from creator Lorne Michaels
- Rutherford Falls: a comedy starring Ed Helms
- Right talk: a comedy starring Rashida Jones and Jada Pinkett Smith
You can see a complete list of Peacock Originals here.
Paramount Plus Originals
Although Paramount Plus does not have streaming rights to its own hit drama Yellowstone at this time, the service still relies heavily on it for original programming.
The show’s origins are told in 1883, which is an exclusive Paramount Plus series. Paramount has announced plans for another Yellowstone spinoff called 1932 that will also be exclusive to the power service.
Paramount Plus is also home to several exclusive Star Trek series.
Some examples of Paramount Plus original content include:
- 1883 (Yellowstone Origin History)
- Seal Team
- South Park: The Streaming Wars
- Battle Coral: SpongeBob’s Under Years
- MTVs The Real World: Homecoming
- Star Trek: Discovery
- Star Trek: Picard
- The Good Fight: What is Memo 618
- The twilight zone
- Tooning Out The News
You can browse the selection of Paramount Plus Originals here.
Live sports broadcasts
Another area where these streaming services are trying to differentiate is with live sports.
Peacock is the exclusive home for both the Summer and Winter Olympics. It also has an exclusive Major League Baseball game on Sunday morning. And the entire WWE network is available on Peacock.
Meanwhile, Paramount Plus provides access to NCAA men’s basketball tournament (March Madness) and several major golf tournaments, including The Masters.
Both NBC and CBS have exclusive rights to select NFL football games this fall. Paid Peacock subscribers can watch Sunday Night Football, and Paramount Plus Premium subscribers will be able to watch NFL games scheduled for their local coverage area on Sunday afternoon.
When it comes to football, Peacock has English Premier League broadcasts while Paramount Plus has the UEFA Champions League.
While peacock and Paramount Plus are tough competitors in the market for video streaming services, it can be difficult for consumers to see it that way.
Since there is very little overlap in the content these two services offer, wire cutters are more likely to view them as complementary services that will help replace the familiar content their parent companies offer on traditional cable television.
Instead of trying to figure out if one is “better” than the other, I encourage you to consider the content you want to see from each of them and make a plan to get the most for your money.
A cost-saving method is to rotate from one power service to the next every few months. Choose a few series or movies you want to focus on exuberantly watching with one service, and pay for just one of them at a time. When done, rotate to the next.
Or, if you like both, you can choose the ad-supported levels to ensure you only pay $ 10 per month for all content.
Do you have experience with any of these streaming services? We’d love to hear what you think about Peacock and Paramount Plus in the Clark.com community!
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