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How to Watch Paramount Plus on a Vizio Smart TV

Vizio smart TVs offer a simple way to access popular streaming services like Paramount Plus. This guide will walk you through getting the Paramount Plus app on your Vizio TV using the built-in SmartCast platform or by casting content from your mobile device.

Overview of Paramount Plus

Paramount Plus is a streaming service from ViacomCBS that offers a huge library of movies, TV shows, sports and news programming. It combines content from CBS, Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central and more.

Some highlights of Paramount Plus include:

  • Exclusive Originals: Popular shows like 1883, Star Trek: Picard, Seal Team, The Good Fight, and more.

  • Movies: Over 2,500 movies from Paramount Pictures, Miramax, MGM and others. New releases available 45 days after theatrical premiere.

  • Live Sports: Live NFL games, UEFA Champions League, PGA Tour and more.

  • News & Entertainment: Live CBS network feeds in over 200 markets. Shows like Big Brother, Survivor, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert etc.

  • Kids & Family: Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., SpongeBob SquarePants, Avatar: The Last Airbender and other top animated franchises.

Paramount Plus starts at $4.99 per month for the Essential plan (with ads) and $9.99 per month for the Premium plan (no ads).

Next, let‘s see how to access Paramount Plus on your Vizio smart TV.

Method 1: Using the SmartCast App

Vizio SmartCast provides quick access to top streaming apps and channels. Here are the steps to get Paramount Plus using the built-in SmartCast platform:

Step 1: Check Internet Connection

Ensure your Vizio TV is connected to your home WiFi or ethernet network. You can check connection strength by going to:

Settings > Network > Test Connection

A strong signal is needed for smooth video streaming.

Vizio TV Settings to Check Internet Connection Strength

Step 2: Launch SmartCast

Press the Vizio button on your remote control to open the SmartCast home screen. Alternatively, go to the Input menu and select SmartCast.

Launching Vizio SmartCast

Step 3: Open Paramount Plus

On the SmartCast home page, select the Apps tab. Then choose the Paramount Plus app icon to launch it.

Opening Paramount Plus from SmartCast

Step 4: Sign in and Start Streaming!

Enter your Paramount Plus credentials if prompted. Browse through categories or use search to find something to watch.

You‘re all set to enjoy Paramount Plus exclusives, live sports and other programming!

Sign in to Paramount Plus on Vizio TV

Method 2: Casting from Your Mobile Device

You can also cast Paramount Plus from your smartphone or tablet directly to your Vizio TV.

Here are the steps:

Step 1: Get the Paramount Plus Mobile App

Download and install the Paramount Plus app on your phone or tablet from the App Store or Google Play Store. Open the app and log in.

Paramount Plus Mobile App

Step 2: Cast to Your TV

In Paramount Plus, tap the Cast button. Select your Vizio TV from the list of available devices. The video will immediately start playing on your big screen!

Cast Paramount Plus to Vizio TV

Step 3: Sit Back and Enjoy!

Continue browsing and casting content from the Paramount Plus mobile app to your TV. Cloud sync keeps track between devices.

Paramount Plus Features on Vizio Smart TVs

When watching Paramount Plus on your Vizio television, you get access to all the standard streaming features including:

  • Profiles – Separate profiles for each member of the household. Personalized recommendations based on viewing history.

  • Continue Watching – Resume shows or movies right from where you left off.

  • My List – Bookmark content to your watchlist queue for easy access later.

  • Live TV – Stream live CBS feeds and 24/7 news from major markets without a cable subscription.

  • Downloads – Download select movies/episodes to your device for offline viewing.

  • 4K, HDR, Dolby Vision – Ultra HD picture quality with support for advanced display technologies.

  • Multiple Languages – Audio and subtitles available in various global languages.

And much more! Vizio SmartCast makes it all readily accessible.

What Plan to Choose?

Paramount Plus offers two main subscription plans in the United States:

  • Essential ($4.99/month) – Includes ads | Up to 1080p HD
  • Premium ($9.99/month) – No ads | 4K UHD + HDR/Dolby Vision

The Premium plan unlocks the highest video quality and an ad-free cinematic viewing experience.

You can also bundle Paramount Plus with Showtime for $11.99 per month to enjoy acclaimed shows like Billions. 30-day free trial available for new subscribers.


In summary, Vizio smart TV owners have easy access to Paramount Plus through the pre-installed SmartCast platform or mobile app casting capabilities.

Sign up for Paramount Plus to unlock tens of thousands of hours of entertainment spanning new originals, movies, live sports, local CBS stations and more.

Take your streaming to the next level on your Vizio big screen!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Does Paramount Plus offer a free trial on Vizio Smart TVs?

A: Yes, new Paramount Plus subscribers can usually access an extended 30-day free trial period.

Q: Can I download shows/movies on Paramount Plus to watch offline on my Vizio TV?

A: The Paramount Plus mobile app supports offline downloads but the Vizio SmartCast app currently does not have this capability.

Q: Does Paramount Plus stream in 4K on Vizio?

A: With a Premium plan, subscribers can enjoy Paramount Plus movies/shows in Ultra HD 4K resolution and advanced HDR/Dolby Vision formats.

Q: What channels are live on Paramount Plus?

A: Your local CBS station is available to stream live in over 200 markets. Limited live sports/events also accessible.

I hope you found this guide useful! Let me know if you have any other questions.