Discovery’s streaming service launches in January

AP – Discovery is joining the increasingly crowded streaming fray with its own reality-focussed service Discovery Plus that will include shows from the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and its other networks. It launches on January 4.

The service will cost USD5 a month with ads and USD7 a month without ads. By comparison, the ad-free Disney Plus costs USD7 a month and Netflix’ most popular plan costs USD14 a month.

Each account will include up to five user profiles and support four concurrent streams.

Discovery said the service will be available on “major platforms”, connected TVs, web, mobile and tablets, but it did not specify which services would carry it.

Discovery CEO David Zaslav first announced the streaming service in late 2019, but did not provide details until now.

The Discovery Communications logo sits atop its headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. PHOTO: AP

Discovery has built a reality-TV empire with popular channels that feature reality programming, including the Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery and others. Hit shows included TLC’s 90-Day Fiance, HGTV’s Fixer-Upper and Guy Fieri’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Network.

The service will offer some originals like 90-Day Fiance spinoff 90-Day Diaries and Long Island Medium spinoff Long Island Medium: There in Spirit.

Verizon customers will get a year free of the service, similar to the deal that Verizon did when Disney Plus launched in late 2019.

Discovery Plus joins a slew of new streaming services started to challenge traditional TV providers and dominant streaming services like Hulu and Netflix over the past year, including Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, HBO Max and Comcast’s Peacock service. CBS recently rebranded its CBS All Access service as Paramount Plus, relaunching in 2021.

The service will role out in 25 countries in 2021 including Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as India.