If the average household is anything like my in-laws, the Discovery Channel or one of it’s subsidiary channels is always on the television. That’s why it makes sense that Discovery Communications launched the discovery+ app. On January 4th, the media company entered the Streaming Wars with its $4.99/mo platform (an ad-free option is available for $6.99/mo). The streaming service is available on most devices and features content from a variety of channels, including:
- The Food Network
- Investigation Discovery
- Animal Planet
- And More
The discovery+ app also offers content from popular web channels such as The Dodo, The Thrillist and NowThis - all of which joined the Discovery Communications family in 2017.
New Original Content
From Shark Week to Doctor Pimple Popper, Discovery Communications is known for its highly-addictive content. Subscribers who sign up for discovery+ will have access to exclusive, original shows with popular hosts such as Mike Rowe (Six Degrees), Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis (Bobby & Giada in Italy). The app will also be the exclusive home for arguably one of their most popular franchises - 90 Day Fiancé. According to the company, original content will be released every week, all year long.
I’ve long been a fan of My 600lb Life and have even found myself on more than one occasion engrossed (gross being the operative word) by Doctor Pimple Popper. Perhaps not surprisingly, I am not the only one.
According to one 2017 report, Discovery Communications mentioned that 60% of the viewership on their DiscoveryGO app came from the millennial age group of 18-34. This may not be surprising either, as the number of households straying away from traditional cable packages has surpassed 30 million, according to Statista.
For many, discovery+ is just more noise in the already noisy arena of streaming. For some, discovery+ will bridge the gap between binge-worthy Netflix dramas and guilty pleasure reality television (Property Brothers, anyone?).
For me, it most likely provide some weeknight entertainment when I am too emotionally drained to start a new series. Either way, I will likely pay for a full year to start and make a final judgement call later.
Have you tried discovery+ yet? Let me know your thoughts down below!