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Walmart confirmed on Monday (Aug. 15, 2022) that this year’s Walmart Plus (or Walmart+) membership package will include a new perk, which is free streaming on Paramount Plus (or Paramount+) at no extra cost.
Starting in September, Walmart+ members will get free access to a Paramount+ Essential plan in which they will get access to a huge selection of TV series, movies, and live sports events from popular franchises including “South Park” and “Star Trek.”
The annual cost of a Walmart+ membership will remain $98 per year (or $12.95 per month), plus free shipping, lower gas prices, free store delivery, early access to specials, and restocks included in membership packages that compete with Amazon Prime. Subscribers will receive an extra $59 in annual value (or $4.99 per month) from the included Paramount+ Essential plan.
Since Walmart sells goods from Paramount’s properties including “Paw Patrol” and “SpongeBob SquarePants,” the two companies have had long-standing cooperation. Paramount has a staff of 13 people headquartered at Walmart’s corporate headquarters.
In addition, Paramount+ provides a 7-day free trial while Walmart offers a 30-day free Walmart+ trial, both of which are refundable at any time. The Paramount+ Essentials plan includes ads (Paramount+ Essential plan starts at $4.99/month or $59.99/year after the trial ends), while the Paramount+ Premium plan comes with an ad-free experience and access to local CBS channels (Paramount+ Premium plan starts at $9.99/month or $119.99/year after trial ends).
Currently, Paramount+ offers a 16% discount on annual plans in which you get the Essential plan at $49.99/year instead of $59.99/year and the Premium plan at $99.99/year instead of $119.99/year for the first year. However, students get 25% off the Paramount+ subscription but this requires verification by entering your birth date and university name.
- Walmart+, 30-day free trial, then $12.95/month or $98/year — Save up to 10¢ per gallon at Exxon, Mobil, Walmart, & Murphy stations. Access member prices at Sam’s Club fuel centers. Free & fast delivery. Same everyday low prices as in-store. $0 delivery fees on delivery. Early deal access to Walmart+ paid members, which includes online Black Friday deals, product releases, & more. Members also get 6 free months of Spotify Premium (a $59 value).
- Paramount+ Essential, 7-day free trial, then $4.99/month or $59.99/year (save 16% on the annual plan to get this plan at just $49.99/year) — Limited ads with full entertainment (but that interrupts your binge).
- Paramount+ Premium, 7-day free trial, then $9.99/month or $119.99/year (save 16% on the annual plan to get this plan at just $99.99/year) — No ads mean full-on entertainment, plus full access to local CBS channel.
- Paramount+ subscription for student at 25% Off (university verification required).
“We know Walmart+ is providing members real value in their every day – from grocery shopping to filling up their tank and more,” said Chris Cracchiolo, senior vice president and general manager of Walmart+ in a corporate PR statement. “With the addition of Paramount+, we are demonstrating our unique ability to help members save even more and live better by delivering entertainment for less, too. Eighty-five percent of U.S. households use streaming services and Paramount+ has the premium content and broad appeal that our members are looking for – like Walmart, they have something for everyone. We’re excited about the launch and what comes next for Walmart+.”
“Paramount has enjoyed a close relationship with Walmart for years, and Walmart customers connect with Paramount’s beloved brands, content, and characters every day through a range of consumer products available throughout Walmart stores,” said Jeff Shultz, chief strategy officer, and chief business development officer, Paramount Streaming. “Now, pairing Walmart’s expansive reach across the country with Paramount+’s broad and popular content that offers something for everyone is a unique opportunity to expand our partnership. Together we will bring Walmart+ members the full breadth of Paramount+ programming.”