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Everything you need to know about Discovery+

The Discovery network's streaming platform hosts a ton of great content.

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If you've ever asked yourself if there was somewhere you can go to watch Property Brothers, Meerkat Manor, and end your evening with a few episodes of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, you're in luck. Discovery+ features over 55,000 episodes of shows from networks like the Discovery Channel, the Food Network, TLC, HGTV, and more.

Discovery+ is setting itself up to be the number one place to go for nonfiction series and content, with original series in the works as well as plenty of beloved shows available for viewing upon signing up. Here's what you need to know.

What is Discovery+?

Celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis pose for the camera wearing sunglasses.
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Giada and Bobby Flay take the trip of a lifetime around Italy.

Discovery+ is an on-demand streaming service from Discovery, Inc., that combines content from a huge array of lifestyle networks in one convenient location. The streaming service launched on January 4, 2021, and is currently available for viewing. Discovery+ features thousands of episodes of popular shows like Planet Earth, Dance Moms, Chopped, Guy's Grocery Games, House Hunters, Deadliest Catch, and more.

While the service is intended to compete with other popular streaming services like HBO Max and Disney+, unlike those services, Discovery+ puts an emphasis on reality TV shows and nonfiction stories.

How much does Discovery+ cost?

Discovery+ starts at $4.99 per month if you're comfortable watching with ads and can be upgraded to $6.99 per month if you prefer ad-free viewing. You can opt into a 7-day free trial upon signing up for the service.

If you're a Verizon Unlimited customer, you also have the option to sign up for Discovery+ through the service. Check out Verizon's guide for more details. Certain customers are eligible for a free 12 months of the service depending on the plan they have (with a $6.99 per month cost after the 12 month term).

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What networks are on Discovery+?

Discovery+ is home to a huge array of networks, including the Food Network, HGTV, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, OWN, Magnolia Network, A&E, Lifetime, History Channel, Travel Channel, Science Channel, DIY Network, The Dodo, and more.

What can you watch on Discovery+?

TV chef Joanna Gaines, smiling, holds up a plate of strawberry dessert.
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Joanna Gaines stars in this at-home cooking series.

Along with highly popular Shark Week content, Discovery+ is home to TLC favorites like 17 Kids and Counting and Toddlers and Tiaras, ID network shows like The Murder Tapes, Science Channel standards like Mythbusters, Animal Planet programs, Food Network series like Barefoot Contessa and Restaurant: Impossible, History Channel offerings like American Pickers, most of the 90 Day Fiancé universe, and much more.

Discovery+ hosts and streams its own original series alongside new offerings from the networks associated with the service, including new releases like 90 Day Bares All, Bobby and Giada in Italy, Chopped Challenge, Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines, BBC's A Perfect Planet, and more.

Which devices support Discovery+?

Discovery+ is available as a web app, similar to services like HBO Max or Disney+, but can also be viewed using the following streaming services and devices:

  • Apple iPads, iPhones, iPod touches
  • Apple TV
  • Android phones, tablets, and Android OS devices
  • Google Chromecast devices
  • AndroidTV
  • Roku devices
  • Amazon Fire TV streaming devices and Smart TVs
  • Samsung devices and Smart TVs from 2017 onward
  • Microsoft XBOX One and Series X/S devices
  • LG Smart TVs (starting October 13, 2021)

Discovery+ is, for the moment, only available to subscribers in the United States, including American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Each subscription offers up to five different profiles.

Should you sign up for Discovery+?

With prices comparable to affordable services like Disney+ and Hulu, Discovery+ could be a valuable addition to your streaming library, especially if you're trying to make the leap away from cable. The service provides a good way to fill in programming gaps you might encounter with traditional services like Netflix, particularly for fans of any of the channels within the Discovery+ wheelhouse, and the network seems committed to creating new content as the service gets moving. As a side note, if you're a 90 Day Fiancé fan, Discovery+ is absolutely the service for you.

Sign up for Discovery+ for $4.99 a month

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