Last Updated on July 4, 2022
It’s been almost a decade since the first version of Amazon’s FireStick was released in 2014. There have been multiple generations of FireSticks with various improvements to the original design. But there have also been many changes to streaming applications and their associated content. Where does that leave the average Amazon FireStick consumer?
Keep reading to find out the quick answer to the question “Is Paramount Plus on FireStick?” as well as some useful information about installing and uninstalling apps on your handy plug-in device.
Short Answer, Yes
Yes, Paramount Plus is available on the app store of the Amazon FireStick. Also written as Paramount+, the streaming service launched on March 4th, 2021, across multiple platforms, including the FireStick and Fire TV Cube.
How To Install Paramount Plus on Your FireStick
There are a couple of ways to install Paramount Plus onto your FireStick so that you have options if one way isn’t working.
The home screen of the FireStick user interface is a relatively straightforward and simple interface, but it can get overwhelming quickly with the plethora of shows and streaming services available on the market these days.
One of the simplest ways to navigate to and install Paramount Plus on your FireStick is to use the search function from the main page. It should be in the middle-left area of your screen, with an icon that looks like a magnifying glass.
Once you have located the search function, simply scroll over to it by pressing left, and then down once each on the circle of the FireStick remote (assuming your cursor was on the home button and page). Click on it with the select button of the FireStick remote (the one inside of the circle). This will take you to the search page, where you can begin to type in what you are searching for, in this case, Paramount Plus using the on-screen keyboard.
You shouldn’t have to type in the full title of “Paramount Plus” because the search function will try to read and auto-complete your typing with suggestions of what you may be looking for. These suggestions appear on the left-hand side of your screen.
Once you have found Paramount Plus through the search function, simply move your cursor over to the text by pressing up, down, left, or right accordingly on the circle of the FireStick remote. The text should become highlighted as black with a white background when you are selecting the correct option.
The FireStick will then show you a list of all applications and services similar to what you requested. Make your selection, and on the following page, there should be a button saying “Get” that you can select to start your free download of the Paramount Plus application.
After clicking “Get,” the icon will change to indicate that it is downloading the necessary files from the internet and show a progress bar of its completion. After downloading all of the files, the icon will spin with the text “Installing.”
You will have to wait until both of these steps are finished until you can use the services provided by the Paramount Plus app.
Apps & Games
Another way that you can install the Paramount Plus application to your FireStick is to navigate in the opposite direction from the search function. You should find an option with a symbol that looks like three boxes and a plus sign.
This selection takes you to all of your currently installed apps on your FireStick, many of them coming preinstalled upon purchase of the device. By scrolling down to the very bottom of these options, you will find one titled “App Library.” Select this option to continue.
Once you are inside the app library, scroll to the right until you have selected the category “Featured.” From here, you will be able to scroll down until you come across a further subcategory called “Entertainment” where you will find the Paramount Plus app, as well as many others for your viewing pleasure.
Follow the last few steps of the search function instructions on installing Paramount Plus, as they are the same in both cases.
How To Uninstall Paramount Plus on Your FireStick
Uninstalling the Paramount Plus app from your FireStick is also a relatively straightforward operation. From the home page, you will navigate to the right, similar to how you would install the Paramount Plus app using the APPS & GAMES method described above.
Instead of clicking on the app library option when hovering over the three boxes and plus sign, you need to go one extra step to the right so that you are looking at the settings to the FireStick itself. Under these settings, you will find the same symbol with the word “Applications.” Navigate to this and click on it to move forward with the uninstallation.
Once on the applications page, you must scroll down to the very bottom of the available options to where it says “Manage Installed Applications.” This will show you have much internal and external storage space you have left for your TV itself as well as the FireStick as a separate device.
Click “Manage Installed Applications,” and it will list for you every application that you have installed or that came preinstalled with the FireStick on purchase. They should be listed in alphabetical order to make things easier.
Scroll down until you find the Paramount Plus app and click on it with the select button in the center of the FireStick’s circle. A new list of options regarding that app will appear, allowing you to fine-tune how you interact with the application.
Straight away, you should see the option for uninstalling called “Uninstall” thankfully. Navigate to this option and select it. You will see a new confirmation screen titled “Are you sure?”
You will be provided with two options, to cancel or confirm and uninstall the application from your FireStick. The text above these two options will give you a greater amount of detail about what will happen if you choose to uninstall Paramount Plus from your device.
The most common consequence of uninstalling an application from your device is the user data and profiles currently associated with the FireStick device. This means that if you were to reinstall the application again in the future, you would have to login in using your account name and password again before being able to access the provided content as well as seeing show recommendations based on what you had watched previously.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Why Are There Multiple Paramount Apps?
You may have noticed when installing the Paramount Plus application that there were actually several options available to you. In reality, there is only one Paramount Plus app, but with the additional options, it can be confusing on which one you should be using.
The first option that may pop up will might say “Paramount+” and underneath it will have the logo for Amazon’s Prime video and the text “CHANNELS.” This application seems to be a way for Amazon Prime members to access a variety of Paramount content without the need for a full Paramount Plus subscription or another app download.
There are movies, TV series, as well as Paramount Plus originals on offer in this app, but you will still have to choose a watch option that may cost you.
For example, the “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” movie is listed in this app. You can watch the trailer for free, add it to your watchlist, or watch the full movie with several different options.
The option to buy the movie is the same price regardless of the picture quality (standard definition, high definition, and ultra high definition), but there are many subscription-based plans on offer as well. Paramount Plus is, of course, an option, but EPIX is another choice should you already own that subscription.
The actual Paramount Plus application is a separate download that will require you to have a subscription account before logging in and perusing their selection of videos and other available content. This is the application that you probably intended to install.
There is also a Paramount Network application which is another individual installation that requires a subscription separate from the Paramount Plus subscription.
The main difference between the two is that Paramount Plus is a streaming service for video-on-demand content, whereas the Paramount Network is much like a traditional live TV cable service where you can even record shows to a cloud-based DVR.
Does My FireStick Come With A Subscription To Paramount Plus?
While the Paramount Plus application is free to download and install, it is not free to use. An affordable subscription is required to view the library of content available through the Paramount Plus application.
This subscription is not included with the purchase of an Amazon FireStick unless they become a bundle package in the future.
How Much Does A Paramount Plus Subscription Cost?
There are currently two tiers of the monthly subscription to Paramount Plus, each with its own costs.
The first option, known as the ad-supported option, will cost you just $5.99 per month to be able to view live sporting events, current news ongoings, as well as the full video-on-demand library of content. The lower price means that there will be occasional ads that you will have to deal with, usually in between shows, but there may be some ads that interrupt longer videos.
The second tier is roughly twice the price at $9.99 a month to have access to all of the above, as well as the ability to view all of the content in full 4K, and HDR and Dolby Vision options.
For people on the go or always on their phones, you will also be able to download shows to your mobile device so that you can view downloaded content offline. This can be useful for when you know you will be without internet or cell signal, like on some flights or trips where there is notoriously low signal.
What Shows Are On Paramount Plus?
There is a wide variety of content available on Paramount Plus, from dramas to sports, to cartoons and more. Here is a short selection of what Paramount Plus has to offer:
- Spongebob Squarepants
- Sonic the Hedgehog 2
- Stark Trek: Discovery
- Star Trek: Picard
- The Twilight Zone
- Top Gun
Paramount Plus is just one option of many available to users of Amazon’s FireStick TV service through a free and simple download. By combining the app with a monthly subscription that isn’t included with the purchase of a FireStick, you can enjoy myriad shows and videos that are exclusive to Paramount Plus.
If you ever feel that you aren’t getting your money’s worth out of the streaming service, simply uninstall the application from your FireStick and cancel your monthly subscription.