Monday, June 26, 2023

Walmart Plus and Pluto TV

I was looking into the new combined Paramount Plus and Showtime combined service recently. You see, I get Paramount Plus as a perk from Walmart Plus. The $5/month Paramount Plus service is included, and that's a nice little perk.

No, it's not the top tier service with live local CBS, but it is a really good service. Yes, there are ads, but they aren't intrusive and I'm fine with them. Yes, it's always better when there are no commercials, but what they have is reasonable in my mind.

What has been my concern is that Paramount Plus is expected to raise its price when the Paramount Plus and Showtime services merge. And, with the price increase, it may be that the Walmart Plus perk ends, or at least changes. So, I was researching that, when I found Walmart Plus listing Pluto TV as a perk.

That struck me as odd, since Pluto TV is free anyway. Why would it be a perk?

According to the Walmart Plus Website:

Every month Walmart+ members can view select content without ad interruptions in the dedicated Walmart+ On Demand category.

So, I decided to check it out. There are currently six TV shows listed in the "Walmart+ Experience" group:

  • I Love Lucy (1 season, all 35 episodes of Season 1)
  • Perry Mason (1 season, all 38 episodes of Season 4)
  • Rawhide (1 season, 17 of 23 episodes of Season 1)
  • Half & Half (1 season, 20 of 23 episodes of Season 1)
  • Numbers (1 season, all 18 episodes of Season 4)
  • Charmed (1 season, all 22 episodes of Season 1)

Some classic shows, some more recent shows, but nothing extraordinary. However, they are free, and they don't have ads. Not really a downside.

Is it enough to make me want to sign up for Walmart Plus? No. But I'm already with Walmart Plus, so it's a bonus. I would enjoy the older shows, particularly Perry Mason.

I still haven't found out if Walmart Plus is losing any of the Paramount Plus perk, but it is good to see the extra content, ad free, that comes from Pluto TV. Oh, and it may be worth mentioning that Paramount owns Pluto TV. If the Paramount Plus content goes away, they could move some content to Pluto TV as Walmart Plus exclusives, as they did with those six show.

My Streaming Life consists of more and more free ad supported television (FAST) content. These additions to that from service I use anyway, makes it even better.

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