Is Yellowstone on Paramount Plus?

By: Mou Mita Das

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Yellowstone is one of the most loved shows on Paramount Network. This neo-western drama Tv series amassed a cult following after its launch on June 20, 1980. The season 4 finale got nearly 14.7 million viewers from all over the world. Hence, ahead of Season 5, if you are a die-hard fan, Yellowstone deserves a re-watch. 

Is Yellowstone on Paramount plus?

No, till now, Yellowstone is not available on Paramount Plus for US users. ViacomCBS, the parent company of Paramount Network and Paramount Plus, did not specify if Yellowstone will be available for streaming.

For a fan, watching Yellowstone in Paramount Plus seems the most convincing idea. But, sadly, that is not going to happen. Even though the online streaming platform Paramount Plus was recently launched by ViacomCBS, the platform does not include a top-runner show like Yellowstone. It is also unknown if season 5 will be available on Paramount Plus.

Where to watch Yellowstone?

At present, Yellowstone is streaming on Peacock. While the first season is free, the rest is available for Peacock Premium users. Peacock Premium is available for $4.99 per month with ad breaks and $9.99 for a month without ads.

Those with a Prime Video subscription can watch the first four seasons of Yellowstone at GBP12.99 for each season. It is avaiable for all Prime video subscribers across the globe. The price may vary depending on yoru country.

If you have a cable network for your TV, you can still watch Yellowstone all four seasons on the Paramount Network channel. Paramount Network has offered the Yellowstone marathon in the past. Recently, in July, The network also ran another Yellowstone marathon from July 2 to July 4.

If you give  Pluto a TV subscription, you can also watch the first three seasons of Yellowstone there. The first marathon was aired in March. As per the official sources, the show will be back for streaming again during the second semester of this year. Interestingly, Pluto TV is also a sister company of Paramount Plus.

Viewers of Yellowstone can rejoice a little. Paramount Plus UK is streaming all four seasons of Yellowstone for its audience. But it is only available for subscribers.

5USA or Channel 5 recently announced that it would start streaming Yellowstone all seasons. At present, this channel only offers the first season.

Why is this show not on Paramount Plus?

The main reason behind this is probably the content licensing. Most remaining services at present often opt for getting exclusive rights for streaming the contents. Paramount Network sold its rights to streaming Yellowstone for the US to Peacock last year. It also has deals with Prime Video(Amazon) for limited seasons. Hence, the streaming platform does not have any rights to stream Yellowstone.

Licensing the major series often offers a great deal for the original makers. Viacom, CBS, and Paramount made a deal of $5.6 billion with Peacock for four seasons of Yellowstone. CEO Bob Beckish said in 2021, “We can’t keep all that for ourselves. It doesn’t make sense… It’s too much.” This opinion before the launch of Paramount Plus indicated that the company might not stream all of its contents.

Before the merger of CBS and Viacom, CEO Bob Beckish also said that the brand was not keen to start a licensing deal amidst a merger. ViacomCBS is probably eyeing building a new base of consumers for Paramount Plus with its new shows.

Yellowstone- a little back story

Thus neo-western drama is created by John Linson and Taylor Sheridan. The series follows the lives of the Dutton family. The family is the owner of the Yellowstone Dutton Ranch, or “Yellowstone”. Being the largest contiguous ranch in Montana, it attracts a lot of investors’ attention, and the family constantly tries to ward off the investors who want the ranch for themselves.

But the family has enough drama, and each member has their own set of problems. The series revolves around how the family stays together to protect the ranch and ensure they can remain as a family.

John Dutton (Kevin Costner) as the sixth-generation family patriarch and the present owner of the ranch. This widower has two sons and one daughter. He is a man of virtue and strong beliefs and often shelters ex-criminals who want to lead a life away from crimes.

 Kayce Dutton  Luke Grimes)is the third son and an Ex- navy seal who marries a Native American woman and starts living with the family before moving to his own home. Bethany Dutton(Kelly Reilly), John’s daughter, works as a financier but is emotionally unstable and suffers from anger issues despite having a great academic background. Jamie Dutton, another son of John, is an attorney and aspiring politician.

The ranch also has Rip Wheeler( Cole Hauser), who works as the ranch foreman and John’s right hand and eventually Beth’s husband. Monica Long Dutton (Kelsey Asbille) is the native American wife of Kayce, who later starts teaching at Montana University. Tate Dutton (Brecken Merril) is their daughter.

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