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When I learned that the streaming app Paramount Plus had signed on to carry Serie A games in the U.S. through the 2023/2024 season, I knew I had to get it.

Finally, I didn’t have to use a VPN to watch Juventus, AS Roma, and Milan! Finally, after a long COVID year, there were games to watch and live fans to cheer with.

I was happy to subscribe to Paramount+ because, in the past, I had always scrambled to find Italian league soccer games on TV outside of Italy. ESPN satisfied that itch for a couple of years, but it wasn’t guaranteed that every Serie A match would be on every week. I was also keen to sign up for the Paramount+ service because they carry Champions League and Europa League matches.

Paramount+ Pros

There was never any doubt that I would subscribe to Paramount+. And here are some of the reasons I’m happy I did:

  1. Carries LIVE Serie A matches — all 380 of them!
  2. Streams all Champions League and Europa League matches.
  3. Also carries a lot of other live soccer, including Brazil’s Série A League (Brasileirão), CONCACAF qualifiers, the NWSL, and the Women’s Champions League.
  4. NFL games, premier college football games, and The Masters, all shown on CBS Sports, are part of the package.
  5. Includes tons of other programs from CBS, Comedy Central, Smithsonian Channel, MTV, BET, and Nickelodeon.

Paramount+ will also be the exclusive streamer of the film House of Gucci after it has had its run in cinemas.

So, yes—I am happy that Paramount+ has made it even easier to watch Serie A.

But I do have a wish list of things I would love to see the app developers address over the rest of this season and during its tenure as the U.S. home for Serie A soccer.

Paramount+ Cons

Paramount+ streams pretty well. I haven’t had too many problems with the service. But sometimes, it doesn’t work as expected. Here are a few things I hope they’ll fix:

  1. Just clicking on the program doesn’t pause it (like what one might be used to when watching YouTube). You also can’t pause Live TV (as far as I can tell). This is the situation when streaming on a TV with a Firestick or watching on a laptop.
  2. When a live match ends, and all other analysis has played out, the screen just goes blank. Direct your users to other related programs, Paramount+! I would really like this functionality for watching Serie A games, especially because I have to click out of a game and go back to the menu to find the next one that might be on.
  3. Paramount+ seems to have a problem with its cache. For example, if I watch a show then turn off the TV and come back later, the app doesn’t open in the home screen but on the program that just ended. And, as mentioned in #2 above, that is often just a blank screen.
  4. I can’t watch Serie A games in Italian. I had read somewhere that I would be able to stream Serie A games on Paramount+ in either English or Italian, but I have only caught one match that was in Italian—and that was likely because it was such a non-marquee game that CBS Sports didn’t send any English-language announcers to cover it.

Conclusion

Streaming will never compare to seeing a soccer match in Italy in person. But it is awesome that I can watch every single match live and without much fuss.

I do hate the fact that media has become so fragmented and we have to sign up for all these different apps to watch our favorite shows and teams. But Paramount+ has been worth it for me.

I got a one-year subscription to Paramount+. But you can sign up for a one-month free trial before November 29!

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