Paramount Plus – the rebrand of the streaming service CBS All Access – is now available in the US, Canada and Latin America. It hosts all the content on the former streaming service, as well as exclusive originals and theatrical film releases from Paramount just over a month after their initial cinematic debut.

Paramount+ will eventually be coming to the UK via Sky, but this won't be until 2022.

In many parts of the world you'll have to wait until 2022 or later if you want to watch the new fourth season of Star Trek: Discovery, which has been pulled from Netflix in order to premiere on Paramount+.

Fortunately, it is possible to watch the service here in the UK - or anywhere in the world - before its official launch. You can also check out our full guide to Paramount Plus.

How to watch Paramount Plus outside the US

In order to sign up to Paramount Plus, you’ll need a VPN. This stands for virtual private network, and basically re-routes your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re based in another country. For watching Paramount Plus, you’ll need to connect to a US-based server.

There are lots of VPN providers to choose from but based on our testing NordVPN and Surfshark have the best performance and most competitive pricing. However, you can check out further paid VPN providers, as well as free VPN options - though these will likely not have enough servers to access the site successfully.

After you’ve downloaded your VPN of choice, you then have to overcome another hurdle – payment options. Currently Paramount Plus only accepts cards that are tied to US bank accounts. 

You can get round the payment issue through purchasing a digital gift card. Here’s what you need to do:

  • Connect to a US server on your chosen VPN

How to watch Star Trek UK

  • Purchase an online gift card from an online retailer such as Walmart (you can find other options here). $25 is the minimum, which will get you nearly four months worth of ad-supported viewing.  You may also need to get a US address and phone number to sign up, but you can get hold of those for free online.

Walmart Gift Card

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  • Choose the subscription plan you want to sign up for

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You should now be able to watch Paramount Plus. 

As always when using a VPN to access content abroad, be aware that you'll be in violation of the terms of use of Paramount Plus, so the company could theoretically cancel your account if it realises you're using a VPN. Proceed at your own risk.