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The Paramount+ streaming service will launch in the UK and Ireland on June 22, the company has confirmed.
The US media giant’s platform will feature content from the firm’s range of studios and brands, including Paramount Pictures, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon.
Paramount confirmed the service will cost £6.99 a month or £69.90 a year and will be available online and the Paramount+ as well as via connected TV devices from Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung and through Sky TV – with Sky Cinema customers having access to the platform at no extra cost.
It will be home to original shows including Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, the Halo TV series based on the hit video game franchise and the new TV adaption of The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Paramount+ faces some stiff competition from the top four streaming giants when it launches on June 22, headed by Netflix with 221.6million subscribers
The service will also include access to the wider library of Star Trek content, as well as that of South Park, the MTV Shores series and family content such as SpongeBob SquarePants, Paw Patrol and Rugrats, the company said.
‘Paramount is known for its leading portfolio of premium entertainment brands and a robust content engine that fuels our rapidly expanding streaming service, Paramount+,’ Raffaele Annecchino, Paramount Global president of international networks, studios and streaming, said.
‘This year will be monumental for our streaming strategy as we accelerate our global ambitions, rapidly expanding Paramount+ in Europe beginning with the UK, Italy, Germany, France and more by the end of this year and debut in Asia with South Korea in June, followed by India in 2023.
‘With an already expansive global footprint and a strong, long-term market-by-market strategy, we are well-poised to continue our positive momentum.’
Paramount confirmed the service will cost £6.99 a month or £69.90 a year and will be available online and the Paramount+ as well as via connected TV devices from Apple, Amazon, Google and Samsung and through Sky TV
Maria Kyriacou, Paramount’s UK president, said the platform would be a ‘one-stop destination’ for the company’s biggest brands and a place where ‘fans of all ages can find exclusive original premium content, global hits, and discover a world of favourites from Paramount’s vast catalogue’.
The biggest streaming competitor Netflix is axing its own shows earlier than ever before and it’s thought to be one of the main reasons the platform is quickly losing subscribers, according to new research.
The streaming giant is rapidly cancelling many of its own projects as new data revealed fewer than one in five of Netflix’s original shows launched in 2017 actually reached season three – compared to 31 per cent in 2015.
Popular TV dramas like The OA, Marco Polo, and The Punisher are being cancelled by the service after series two – leaving fans furious and threatening to cancel their subscriptions because they no longer want to ‘invest their time in a series’ over fears it will be ‘culled’.
Netflix are axing their own shows earlier than ever before and it’s thought to be one of the main reasons the platform is quickly losing subscribers, according to new research
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could face pressure from Netflix bosses to ‘deliver more original damnation of the Royal Family’ to justify their deal after her animated TV series was axed, royal experts claimed.
Meghan had teamed up with Sir Elton John‘s husband David Furnish to create the show, titled Pearl, about a ’12-year-old heroine who finds inspiration in influential women from history’. 
It was due to be released as part of the Sussexes’ lucrative agreement with the US streaming giant, said to be worth up to $100million (£80million).
But Netflix has confirmed that the feminist cartoon is no longer in production as executives re-evaluate projects following the revelation last month that it lost 200,000 subscribers in the first three months of the year.
Pearl is one of a string of programmes cancelled by California-based Netflix in recent days, with two other children’s animated shows in production also cut – those being Dino ‘Daycare’ and ‘Boons and Curses’. 
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