January 12th, 2023 at 4:43 p.m. by Andreas Link – Amazon Prime Video has just had to hand over some productions to which Paramount holds the rights. The content will then probably be shown on Paramount Plus. The expected consolidation is emerging, but they also want to continue licensing to third parties.
Paramount Plus has been available in Germany since the end of last year and the rights are gradually being withdrawn from other streaming providers. Before serving the market itself, Paramount/CBS licensed its content to Amazon, Netflix, Sky and Co., but that’s over now. It has not escaped observant Amazon users that a number of Paramount films are being pulled from the schedule. Including cult classics like Forrest Gump, The Godfather or Cast Away.
A further consolidation of the offer is probably only a matter of time. In the medium term, of course, you want those interested to subscribe to Paramount Plus for films and series from Paramount Global. This includes, for example, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, which is no longer licensed to third parties. It should only be a matter of time before, for example, the Star Trek series offered by Netflix Germany can no longer be seen there. Content like Dexter or Californication had already been brought back in advance.
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This doesn’t resonate with everyone, not only because of the increasing fragmentation of the market for streaming providers, but also because Paramount Plus broadcasts its content only in SD or HD and without surround sound. Even with new productions like 1883 or Yellowjackets there is only standard fare. Presumably one does not want to cannibalize the sale of 4K UHD Blu-rays. It only recently caused a stir when Event Horizon was launched as a special edition for 50 euros.
After all, licenses to third parties should be passed on. Golem was able to ask Paramount in Germany about this. But they didn’t go into detail. The Indiana Jones films, meanwhile, can still be seen on Amazon Prime Video and the fifth Indy film will then be shown on its new home Disney Plus. If you want to browse through the offer without a subscription to Paramount Plus, you can use Just Watch as a contact point. Such and comparable services are also useful for finding out which provider has which content.