Together with comes from one new year, there is another streaming service for your rating: Discovery +.
Launching Monday, the subscription video service has more than 55,000 episodes from shows on the Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, Animal Planet, TLC and other Discovery-owned channels.
The service will be available for $ 4.99 each month or $ 6.99 for an ad-free version. Discovery + will also have series from A&E, BBC, The History Channel and Lifetime.
Compared to Netflix, Disney + and other leading streaming services, which focus on screenplays and TV series, Discovery + “represents a very broad, comprehensive offering of real entertainment,”
That makes Discovery + “a great standalone product or a great addition” to other streaming services, he said.
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Discovery +: What can I watch?
These are series from the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN), Lifetime, DIY Network, Travel Channel and Science Channel. Shows available on request include “Brother vs. Brother”, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives”, “Celebrity IOU” and “Dirty Jobs.”
Among the new exclusive series available at launch, there are several offshoots from the popular “90 Day Fiancé” franchise: “90 Day Journey”, “90 Day Diaries” and “90 Day Bares All.”
In addition to the return of “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” on January 29, Chip and Joanna Gaines will have premiere episodes from Magnolia Network, including the cooking program “Magnolia Table With Joanna Gaines” and “First Time Fixer”, as well as the documentary special “The Courage to Run With Chip Gaines and Gabe Grunewald. “
Also new: “Bobby and Giada in Italy”, starring Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, and “A Perfect Planet”, a five-part series narrated by Sir David Attenborough and from the executive producer of “Planet Earth.”
In the works: “Route 66”, an on-the-road series starring actor and comedian Kevin Hart; a cooking show starring rapper Ludacris; and a series from celebrity chef Carla Hall.
How can I see?
You can download an app on Android and iOS smartphones and tablets (and iPods), as well as the most popular streaming devices, including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xbox video game consoles. Discovery + smart TVs include Samsung and Amazon Fire TV Edition smart TVs.
This month, Discovery + will probably start streaming 24/7 channels with favorite shows like “90 Day Fiancé”, “Chopped”, “House Hunters”, “Fixer Upper” and others.
How big can Discovery + be?
Wall Street analysts estimate that the new service could have 15 to 20 million subscribers worldwide by the end of 2021. By comparison, as of October 2020, Netflix had 195 million subscribers, and Disney + had 73 million.
Discovery, which has channels on pay-TV systems and streaming TV services, does not have to match these numbers. But the strategy of going directly to consumers strengthens the company, which bought Scripps – owner of HGTV, The Food Network and Travel Channel – more than three years ago.
“We found the pricing, marketing strategy and breadth of programming to be uniquely compelling,” RBC Capital Markets analysts Kutgun Maral and Norman Cohen wrote in a note to investors. They expressed belief “in Discovery’s ability to adapt and succeed in an increasingly streaming video world.”
Consumers who spend more time at home during the coronavirus pandemic will use more streaming services: seven in October 2020, including those with subscription fees and free services, up from five in April, according to the NPD group.
“By and large, consumers want the ability to customize the viewing experience, and gather both paid and free services that give them the content they want, when they want it,” John Buffone, CEO and industry analyst for the NPD’s affiliated intelligence practice, said in the report.
With all available streaming services – HBO Max and Peacock launched in 2020; so did Quibi, but it did not reach 2021 – consumers “can really put together their own package now, without having to pay for the inflated and increasingly expensive cable package,” Rich Greenfield, partner and media and technology analyst at LightShed Partners, said on Twitter.
Also expected this year, the arrival of a Paramount streaming service including the CBS All Access service enhanced with Paramount movies and shows from Viacom channels such as MTV and BET.
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