Discovery+ launches in the US today – TechCrunch

The new year is closing with the launch of a new streaming service – Discovery +, Which provides programming from Discovery’s network, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel and Animal Planet.

Discovery + was actually launched in the United Kingdom and Ireland through a deal with Sky, but the company is Today treated as big launch, As this service becomes available in the United States.

Despite the crowded field of competitive streaming services (eg Disney +, ESPN +, Apple TV + and Upcoming Paramount +), Discovery + aims to stand out by focusing on documentary and reality content – it presents itself as a “definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service”.

Also, if you want to go ad-free, it costs just $ 4.99 per month or $ 6.99. And it will be free for some Verizon And Vodafone customers. (Verizon owns TechCrunch.)

At the time of launch, the original show available on Discovery + featured several “90 Day Fiancé” spinoffs, “Amy Schumer Learns Cook: Uncensored,” “Bobby and Jiada in Italy” with Bobby Flay, “House Hunters: Comedians on Couch’s Unfiltered” “(In which the comedians watch classic episodes of” House Hunters “, the nature documentary” Mysterious Planet “,” Judy Dench’s Wild Borneo Adventure and a full line of previews episodes for the upcoming Magnolia Network “).

Discovery says the service includes a total of more than 55,000 episodes, with plans to launch 1,000 hours of origin in the first year. And the content transcends the brands owned by Discovery, nature documentaries from the BBC and programming from A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime.

Discovery + is available on Amazon Fire TV devices, iOS devices, Google TV / Android TV / Chromecast devices, Microsoft Xbox One and Series S / X, Roku and Samsung Smart TVs (2017 and later models). It is planned to launch in 25 markets this year, including the Nordics, Italy, the Netherlands and Spain, as well as parts of Latin America and Asia.

Discovery’s President and CEO David Zaslav said in a statement, “When we go live with Search + in the US, we are thrilled to work with the best-in-class partners to make our fans available everywhere Are. ” “Our ambition is simple: to bring consumers the surest and most complete destination for real-life entertainment at a price point, making it the perfect partner for every home streaming and TV portfolio. There is nothing like this in the market today. “