discovery+ is a video streaming service that offers more than 55,000 episodes of 2,500+ current and classic shows from several popular TV brands including Discovery, Investigation Discovery, HGTV, TLC, Food Network, A&E, Lifetime, and History.
The service primarily focuses on non-fiction programming or “reality” TV shows.
discovery+ is available with limited ads for $4.99 / month or ad-free for $6.99 / month. It will launch on January 4th, 2021.
We tested discovery+ and other subscription streaming services for more than 100 hours. discovery+ is compatible with Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android Phone/Tablet, Apple TV, Android TV, Web Browsers, Google Chromecast, iPhone/iPad, Samsung Smart TV, VIZIO Smart TV, LG Smart TV, and Xbox.
The U.S. version of discovery+ will only be available to subscribers in the United States including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Over time, it will roll out to more countries.
discovery+ will include on-demand 2,500 series and 55,000 episodes of TV shows from Discovery, Investigation Discovery, Food Network, HGTV, TLC, Travel Channel, and Animal Planet, along with licensed programming from A&E, Lifetime, and History.
It won’t include access to live streams of Discovery-owned channels and won’t include current seasons of shows until after they first aired on television. To watch Discovery channels live you will need a Live TV Streaming Service like Philo, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, or YouTube TV.
discovery+ will offer more than 1,000 hours of original programming in 2021. At launch there will be 50 original series available.
Over the course of the first year, subscribers will have access to 90 Day Diaries, Magnolia Table, Bobby and Giada in Italy, Long Island Medium: There in Spirit, Luda Can’t Cook, and Queen of Meth, among other originals.
It will also be the first place where you can get a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming Magnolia Network
New series will focus on lifestyle, true crime, home improvement, food, adventure, and more. discovery+ shows highlight stars like the Irwins, Jonathan and Drew Scott, Chip and Joanna Gaines, Bobby Flay, Ree Drummond, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Lieutenant Joe Kenda and more.
The streaming service will have access to 55,000 episodes across 2,500 series.
Much of the discovery+ nature programs are family friendly, but children’s programming appears thin at the start. One possible kid favorite might be Duff’s Happy Fun Bake Time. In this new series, Duff Goldman joins puppets from The Jim Henson Company to the basics of cooking and how ingredients work together to create our favorite foods.
Up to 5 Profiles
discovery+ allows you to create up to 5 user profiles.
No Parental Controls
Up to 4 Devices
discovery+ allows you to stream on up to 4 devices simultaneously.
If you subscribe to their more expensive $6.99 a month plan, you can stream discovery+ without ads.
discovery+ allows you to watch certain content when traveling internationally.
discovery+ is compatible with these devices:
- Amazon Fire TV
- Android Phone/Tablet
- Apple TV
- Android TV
- Web Browsers
- Google Chromecast
- Samsung Smart TV (2017+)
- VIZIO Smart TV (via AirPlay & Cast)
- LG Smart TV (via AirPlay 2)
discovery+ is available on most TV devices. The TV interface allows you to easily navigate throughout your favorite content.
(Up to 4K UHD)
Although it has not been announced formally, we expect that at least some content like the Planet Earth series will be be available in 4K.
Although it has not been announced formally, we expect that at least some content to support Dolby Digital.
discovery+ opens to a “For You” screen, highlighting your favorite programs. Users can browse topics such as Relationships, True Crime, Food, and Lifestyle.