Discovery Plus: what it is and how it works

Discovery Plus: what it is and how it works

The platform was launched in Italy in January and is the streaming home for Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, HGTV and Food Network programs. It also features dozens of new Discovery Plus Originals and handy 24/7 streaming channels for popular shows.

THE Discovery Plus plans are priced at € 3.99 per month with ads or € 7.99 per month for ad-free streaming.

I signed up for the ad-supported plan and tried the service for about a week to see how it works. While browsing the Discovery Plus library, it was exciting to go back to classic shows and discover brand new series, but the interface could still use some work.

Price, plans and offers

Discovery + Entertainment is available for a 7 day free trial after which you will pay for a subscription plan if you don’t cancel it.

  • Monthly (€ 3.99 / month)
  • Annual (39.90 euros / year)

Discovery + and Eurosport ndoes not provide a free trial period, but allows you to access the complete Discovery + catalog and watch the Eurosport 1 and Eurosport 2 channels. The cost is:

  • 7.99 euros / month
  • 69.90 euros / year

Content library

Discovery Plus titles

Discovery Plus encompasses its own lane, offering an extensive library of shows designed to satisfy fans of reality TV, nature shows, cooking, real crime, and education. People who like scripted dramas and comedies, however, will have to look elsewhere. Discovery Plus is purely a service for fans of Discovery networks and, in that sense, its catalog offers a lot of value.

With classic titles drawn from all Discovery’s brands and networks, the service is chock full of explosions from the past, including “Dirty Jobs”, “The Crocodile Hunter”, “Mythbusters” and “Unwrapped”. There are also dozens of new Discovery Plus Originals, such as “Cocktails and Tall Tales”, “Luda ​​Can’t Cook” and “Monster Garage”.

Original shows, in particular, have creative concepts, like rapper Ludacris learning to cook different dishes. Overall, the entire lineup features a solid selection of quality shows focusing on home, food, and history.

According to our tally, we found 91 shows listed as “Discovery Plus Originals” with full episodes or trailers indicating they will be arriving soon. However, not all of the original shows were in the Discovery Plus Originals category, as we found at least 12 on the platform tab for the upcoming Magnolia Network (rebranding of DIY Network).

Interface

Discovery Plus page

Discovery Plus’ interface works quite well but lacks any distinctive features and can feel cumbersome and difficult to navigate. It’s especially confusing to find the platform’s 24/7 streaming channels, as they aren’t in the sidebar or top menu as you’d expect.

The platform sidebar contains the basics for browsing the catalog, including a tab for browsing shows, a tab for saved shows (“My List”) and a search bar. The “Browse” tab allows you to find content by original channel and also by category such as “True Crime” and “Lifestyle”.

To access the channels 24/7, you have to scroll down a little on the “For you” page. Here you will also find the lines for the thematic collections of the platform. The 24/7 channels are a terrific inclusion for binge watchers as they allow you to stream non-stop episodes of “House Hunters”, “Property Brothers” and “90 Day Fiancé” – I just wish they were easier to find.

One of the useful features of the Discovery Plus interface is its useful recommendation function. When you visit a show’s main page, there are up to 20 additional series recommendations for you to explore, making it easy to switch to similar shows you may like.

I was hoping that the platform’s “My List” would easily compile all of my favorite content in one place, but it turns out this feature doesn’t let you save individual episodes. Other than a limited “Recently Watched” section – which is only accessible on the “For You” page – there is nowhere to queue specific episodes that I want to watch within a few hours. This makes the experience difficult as I have to go back and sort the shows to find the episodes.

Format support

Discovery Plus includes some 4K titles for subscribers who have the necessary equipment, but these shows are not easy to find as there is no specific 4K category in the main menu.

The platform requires you to search for “Ultra HD” to find this content. After doing this, an “Ultra HD” tab will appear in the results. Once you click on a 4K title, a “UHD” icon will appear on its page to let you know it’s playing in 4K. That said, the icon may not appear on some devices.

Although most of the UHD content is limited to a few nature programs – such as BBC’s “Planet Earth II” and “Dynasties” – I was surprised to find programs like “NASA Mars Landing”, “Misfit Garage” and “American Titans” in 4K quality. On the downside, unlike Netflix and other popular 4K services, Discovery Plus does not support HDR.

Devices and features

Discovery Plus is compatible with most media players and smart TV platforms, except PlayStation devices.

While Discovery Plus is relatively new and will likely launch new features throughout 2021, there are already glaring bugs that I hope they fix.

One of them is the lack of offline downloads, which makes Discovery Plus the only great streaming service that doesn’t provide this functionality.

That drawback aside, Discovery Plus is mostly on par with other platforms thanks to its 4K content and support for up to four simultaneous streams (just like Disney Plus). Its starter plan is also one of the cheapest streaming options out there, at just $ 5 per month. It is comparable to Apple TV Plus and Peacock Premium.

Should you subscribe to Discovery Plus?

Discovery Plus’ low price makes it a solid option for big fans of reality TV, cooking shows, nature documentaries, and other non-fiction shows. It’s also an affordable choice if you’re looking for a secondary service to complement your primary streaming platform, whether it’s Netflix, HBO Max, Prime Video, Disney Plus, or Hulu.

Personally, I would add an ad-supported Discovery Plus plan to a Disney Plus package. With this combination, you will get scripted shows and movies Hulu and Disney Plus, sports from ESPN + and non-fiction programs from Discovery for a total of $ 19 per month.

Discovery Plus, even with ads, is worth it for fans of its cable channels. The exclusive programs, in addition to its extensive on-demand library, can lead to hours of entertainment, even if there are problems with the interface.

What does the merger of Discovery with WarnerMedia mean for Discovery Plus?

On May 17, AT&T announced plans to merge its WanerMedia unit with Discovery. WarnerMedia features several well-known brands, including Warner Bros., HBO, CNN, and TNT. The merger is expected to end in 2022.

The deal will effectively place all of Warner’s entertainment assets and Discovery’s massive library of multimedia brands under one combined company to be called “Warner Bros. Discovery.” WarnerMedia already has its own streaming service, called HBO Max, and it’s unclear how the merger will impact current subscription options.

A new unified streaming service with programs from Warner and Discovery is possible, though options bundled with HBO Maxand Discovery Plus are more likely. We will know more when the merger closes.

Conclusions

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Discovery Plus

Discovery Plus is still new, which gives it time to fix its shortcomings, most notably its limited ‘My List’ feature and lack of downloads. These flaws make the catalog of shows and documentaries difficult to explore to the fullest extent.

But beyond those flaws, Discovery Plus knows what its networks do best: deliver entertaining and informative content about our homes, lives, history, and the natural world.

Fans of TV dramas and scripted comedies will have to look elsewhere, but shows like “Guy’s Grocery Games”, “Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations” and “Ghost Adventures: Cecil Hotel” are binge-worthy adventures for anyone bored with drama. fantasy.

For full details on how we rate streaming services, see our review methodology here.

Pro : Diverse content for non-fiction TV fans, great for binge-watching, very affordable, tons of original programs

Against : UI is cluttered, no ability to queue and save specific episodes, no offline viewing, no HDR support

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