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discovery+ UK guide: Price, app and all your questions answered

Here's everything you need to know about Discovery's own streaming service, the home of real-life entertainment and sport.

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Published: Tuesday, 14th December 2021 at 5:14 pm

There's a streaming service for everything these days - and a unique offering from documentary aficionados Discovery is one of the newest entries on the market.

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discovery+ is a streaming service dedicated to non-fiction, real life and sports content, offering access to original shows as well as live-streaming and catch-up of channels such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Quest, Really and Animal Planet.

This includes long-running hits such as 90-Day Fiancé and Gold Rush - but also brand new discovery+ originals such as special episodes of Faking It, exclusive documentaries such as Chasing Ghislaine and Food Network's first-ever scripted TV movie.

Having been running in the UK for over a year now, there's a whole host of available programming focused on true crime, food, motoring, relationships and much, much more - as well as extensive sports coverage through the inclusion of Eurosport.

Here's everything you need to know about discovery+ - including the price, programmes and more.

A guide to discovery+

How can you sign up? How much does discovery+ cost? And what shows and documentaries can I watch? Find out everything you need to know about the Discovery streaming service below.

What is discovery+?

discovery+ is a new streaming service from Discovery, Inc., focusing on factual, lifestyle and sports programming drawn from Discovery's main channel brands as well as exclusive original shows.

This includes content from the following channels:

  • Discovery Channel
  • TLC
  • Quest
  • Really
  • Animal Planet
  • Quest Red
  • HGTV
  • Food Network
  • DMAX
  • ID
  • Discovery Science
  • Discovery Turbo
  • Discovery History
  • Motortrend
  • Magnolia Network
  • Eurosport 1 & 2

As well as on-demand content drawn from the back-catalogue of each brand, subscribers can also access livestreams and 30-day catch-up for select channels, similarly to fellow streamer NOW.

As with most streaming services, you don’t have to buy each show or film you watch; instead, you pay a monthly subscription for access to all titles on the service’s library, completely ad-free other than the channel livestreams. However, discovery+ also has a free model - simply registering allows access to certain live TV channels and their catch-up titles.

How much does discovery+ cost?

Unlike most streaming services, discovery+ has a free tier - users can register for an account and gain access to live TV and 30-day catch-up from Quest, Really, Quest Red, HGTV, Food Network and DMAX absolutely free.

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However, purchasing the Entertainment Pass offers access to livestreams and catch-up from pay-TV channels such as Discovery Channel and TLC also, as well as complete on-demand box sets outside of the 30 day catch-up period and exclusive discovery+ originals. The Entertainment Pass costs £4.99 a month or £49.99 a year in the UK, with a 3-day free trial.

From 16th March 2022, The Entertainment Pass will drop to £3.99 a month or £39.99 a year in the UK and will see the introductions of limited ads.

The discovery+ Entertainment and Sports Pass includes all of the above as well as access to live sport on Eurosport 1 and 2. The Entertainment and Sports Pass costs £6.99 per month or £59.99 a year and is ad-free on demand.

However, Sky and Vodafone customers can get discovery+ at no extra cost for a limited time. Sky customers can get discovery+ for 12 months for free with Sky Q, while Vodafone pay-monthly customers can enjoy discovery+ for six months at no extra cost.

How do I sign up for discovery+?

You can sign up to discovery+ on their website or via the app.

The app is available on a wide variety of platforms and devices, including many from Amazon, Apple, Google and Samsung.

What devices are compatible with discovery+?

discovery+ customers can stream anywhere, anytime in the UK on mobile, web or cast directly onto the big screen. Devices include Apple and Android mobiles and tablets, as well as Android TV, Apple TV, Samsung TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.

How many devices can I watch discovery+ on?

discovery+ UK subscribers can stream on up to four devices at the same time. For a streaming services comparison, that’s the same as Disney Plus and Netflix’s Premium Plan and one more than Amazon Prime Video.

Can I get discovery+ on Sky?

Yes! discovery+ is available as an app on Sky Q boxes. They've even teamed up to offer Sky customers 12 months of discovery+ for free.

Sky users can get the discovery+ app by saying "get discovery+” into the voice enabled Sky Q remote and following the on-screen instructions, or head to Sky's discovery+ webpage for extra help.

What TV shows are on discovery+?

discovery+ hosts one of the biggest libraries of non-fiction programming around, including every episode of popular shows such as Gold Rush, 90 Day Fiancé and Ghost Adventures. Highlights include:

  • 90 Day Fiancé. The global sensation follows long-distance couples on unique engagement visas who have 90 days to decide whether to get married, with many spin-offs available as part of the discovery+ original line-up.
  • Three prospectors hope to strike it lucky in the Outback in Aussie Gold Hunters.
  • The gold-mining efforts switch hemispheres in the complete box set of long-running Discovery show Gold Rush.
  • You can catch all seventeen(!) seasons of the extreme fishing show Deadliest Catch.
  • Enjoy some blood-curdling binging with every episode of paranormal reality series Ghost Adventures. Spin-off Ghost Adventures: The Cecil Hotel is also available as a discovery+ exclusive.
  • Body language experts and linguistic specialists analyse TV interviews in discovery+ original Shamima Begum: A Faking It Special.
  • Following their explosive Oprah interview, Meghan & Harry Recollections May Vary studies the royal couple's speech, tone of voice, movements, and expressions.
  • In a special episode of Shock Docs, The Devil Made Me Do It will look at the infamous murder case that attracted famed demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren.
  • Sports coverage includes live footage from every stage of La Vuelta through Eurosport, as well as the Australia Open tennis, Grand Tour cycling, snooker and motorsports.
  • A team looks for evidence of Bigfoot in an abandoned village seventy years after a reported attack in Alaskan Killer Bigfoot.
  • Johnny Vs Amber chronicles the widely-reported divorce and legal battles of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
  • Journalist Vicky Ward looks at how Ghislaine Maxwell ended up behind bars in Chasing Ghislaine.
  • Ken & Barbie Killers: The Lost Murder Tapes examines how a Canadian couple became two of the country's most notorious murderers.
  • Celebrity chef and blogger Ree Drummond prepares for Christmas in her Oklahoma hometown in discovery+ spin-off The Pioneer Woman: Hometown Stories.
  • Long-running motoring show Fifth Gear returns with a new focus on electric cars in Fifth Gear: Recharged.
  • Jack Osbourne watches paranormal videos with his famous - and skeptical - parents in The Osbournes Want To Believe.
  • Kevin Hart's Muscle Crew sees the comedian explore America's car culture while aiming to launch his own automotive club.
  • The Food Network has debuted their first-ever scripted TV movie Candy Coated Christmas starring The Pioneer Woman star Ree Drummond.

Is discovery+ worth it?

discovery+ may not boast the blockbuster movies or prestige dramas of other streamers, but it does offer something unique - a service completely tailored to non-fiction, unscripted factual and reality shows. It has an established back-catalogue of certified hits such as 90 Day Fiancé, Ghost Adventures and Faking It which are available as box sets, along with original offerings including spin-offs of some of their most popular shows.

discovery+ enters the streaming market at a very competitive price also, with the £4.99 monthly cost one of the cheapest around and even the addition of sport comes in at a reasonable £6.99. It will very much depend whether you watch enough lifestyle and factual entertainment to justify an extra streaming service - but true-crime obsessives, petrolheads, foodies and nature lovers will find plenty to enjoy.

How many people can watch discovery+ at once?

One discovery+ account can host five unique, personalised profiles and can stream different shows on four different devices at once.

Can I download discovery+ films and TV shows?

Sadly not, there is currently no option to download shows for offline viewing. However, this feature may be added in the future.

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