Discovery Plus Subscription Plans and More

The Discovery Channel is one of the most beloved in the reality television genre, making informative content fun for a global audience. Discovery Plus is their video streaming service, and with all the pre-existing VODs (Video on Deman services like Netflix, YouTube etc), it may have escaped your notice. Discovery Plus offers over 4,000 hours of documentary-style shows about science, technology, nature, as well as certain reality shows. With this being a brand-new streaming platform, certain confusions may arise: – 

  • What content will be available on Discovery Plus? 
  • How much does the subscription cost? 
  • What are the major features of Disney Plus? 
  • Is subscribing to Disney Plus worth it?

 

Discovery Plus - Subscription Plans, Features, Content, and More

 

What is Discovery Plus?

Discovery Plus is the streaming service from the house of Discovery, that is now available in India. It showcases a plethora of documentary-style shows about nature, science, lifestyle, adventure, and food, from their own as well as their sister channels, like TLC, Animal Planet, and more. It was launched in India, in March 2020, through their website, Android and iOS apps, as well as a YouTube channel. 

On Discovery Plus, you can watch: –

  • Amazing documentaries on automobiles, animals, food, science, and a lot more. 
  • Short snippet-like videos when you’re on the go!
  • Short videos of documentaries and TV shows for free. 
  • Hours of content from Discovery, Discovery Science, TLC (Travel & Living Channel), Animal Planet, and Discovery Turbo. 
  • Exclusive documentaries on the latest issues, such as Pandemic: COVID-19
  • Never seen before specials and documentaries! 
  • Exclusive content especially for the younger audience, on “Mindblown”. 

Watch Documentaries, Short Videos, Exclusive Disney Shows, and Content for Young Audiences on Discovery Plus

Discovery Plus Subscription Plans

Discovery Plus offers two types of video streaming: – 

 

  • FREE – The basic plan consists of a wide array of videos that you can watch for free. However, it does come with ads. 
  • PREMIUM – The Premium subscription unlocks all the Premium content, including exclusive shows, documentaries, and ad-free streaming. The costs are as follows: –
  • A monthly subscription fee of Rs. 99
  • An annual subscription fee of Rs. 299 (you’re saving Rs. 899)

In order to pay, you’ll have to login with your phone number, Apple ID, or Facebook account. This can be done on either the website or the app itself. 

Discovery Plus Subscription Plans - Free & Premium

What Content Does Discovery Plus Offer?

Discovery Plus features content in over 8 languages, with over 4000+ hours of content of all genres, catering to the whole family. 

Discovery Plus has a variety of exclusive shows, documentaries, and short videos. Videos are categorized as Adventure, Animals, Auto, Food, Lifestyle, and Science. Some can only be accessed by Premium subscription, while others are free to watch. 

The homepage of the website or the app consists of the following different sections with a wide array of shows: –

    • “Shows You Love” – The exclusive fan-favourites of Discovery like Man Vs. Wild, Into the Wild, and more. 
    • “New Shows this Month” – New episodes and shows every month, like River Monsters, India 2050, Pandemic: COVID 19, and more. 
    • “Stay Indoors, Stream Outdoors” – Exclusive content, especially while you stay at home, social distancing, to make the most of the outside experience. This consists of shows like Deadliest Catch, Cooper’s Treasure, Expedition Unknown, and more. 
    • ‘In the Fast Lane” – For all you automobile-fanatics, this has shows like Junkyard Empire, Car Vs. Wild, Wheeler Dealers, and more. 
    • “Spotlight: Indian Armed Forces” – Exclusive shows like Battle Ops, Breaking Point: Airforce Academy, and more. 
    • “Binge-Watch: Bear Grylls” – For Bear Grylls fans, this has shows like Bear Vs. Shark, BearG Grylls With.., and more. 
    • “Animal Appeal” – Made for nature lovers, this has shows like Nature’s Deadliest, Predator’s Playground, Wild Survivors, and more. 
    • “Feel Good Favourites” – For some light-hearted content, this has shows like Pandamonium, Food Paradise, Kids Baking Championship.
    • “Into the Wild with Thalaiva!” – This has exclusive shows of Bear Grylls Into the Wild, with superstar Rajnikanth. 
    • “Need Some Space?” – Exclusive space exploration shows like Truth Behind the Moon Landing, Moonbound, How the Universe Works, and more. 
    • “When Disaster Strikes” – Exclusive shows like Chennai: Surviving the Flood, Himalayan Tsunami, and more. 
    • “Show of the Month” – A dedicated section that highlights the most popular show for each month, running all month long. 
    • “Lifestyle Favorites” – Exclusive Lifestyle-based shows like Mediterranean Life, Extreme Homes, and more. 
    •  Home Cooking with the Pros” – Exclusive cookery shows like Stay Home Chef, Giada in Italy, and more. 
    • “Superstars” – A dedicated section that consists of all your favourite Discovery stars like Bear Grylls, Buddy Valastro, and more, as well as their featured shows. 

 

What to Watch on Discovery Plus - Documentaries, shorts, tv shows, and more.

 

There is also a dedicated section called MindBlown, aiming for a younger audience between the ages of 8 and 14. It features shows like Provoking Brain Games, Nature Down Under, and Delightful Dogs. 

Another dedication section, Shorts, aims to provide you content when you’re on the go, and need some quick entertainment. It is filled with interesting snippets like “Why are Dogs Worshipped in Hinduism?”, “Unseen Extra: Bear and Rajnikanth”, “How are Cell Phones Made?” and many more. 

The Explore page consists of 5 sections: –

  • Discovery Channel – Shows like Into the Wild, Man Vs. Wild, Revealed Siachen, River Monsters, Battle Ops, Dual Survival, and more. 
  • Discovery Science – Apollo: The Forgotten Films, Truth Behind the Moon Landing, The Moon and Beyond, First in Human,  Street Science, and more. 
  • Animal Planet – Surviving the Amazon, The Story of Cats, Whale Wars, Lair of the Killer Crocs, River Monsters: Killer Catfish, and more. 
  • TLC – Extreme Homes, Bizarre Foods, Cutthroat Kitchen, The Great Baker, Jamie’s Quick & Easy Food, and more. 
  • Discovery Turbo – Unique Rides, Car Vs. Wild, Overhaulin’, Engine Addict, Harley, and the Davidsons, and more. 

 

Watch Exclusive Content on the 'Explore' page of Discovery Plus

 

The Premium section consists of: –

  • Ad-free streaming
  • Never seen before Specials and Documentaries, only on Discovery Plus!
  • Exclusive shows like Into the Wild with Bear Grylls and Superstar Rajnikanth, Body Hack, Living with Maneaters, Running Wild with Bear Grylls, Himalayan Tsunami, Idris Elba: No Limits, and many more!
  • Kids content like Moonbound, Dogs: The Untold Story, Animals Unleashed, How the Earth Works, The Cute Ones, and many more. 
  • Must-watch documentaries like Man Vs. Wild with Bear Grylls and Prime Minister Modi, Racing Extinction, Princess Diana: Tragedy or Treason, Terrra, Walking the Americas, and more. 
  • Exclusive Lifestyle shows like Fixer Upper, Say Yes to the Dress, The Charlotte Crosby Experience, Love Yurts, and more. 
  • Exclusive shows with Discovery superstars like Expedition with Steve Backshall, Manhunt with Joel Lambert, Jeremy Wade’s River Monsters, and more. 
  • Your favourite Discovery shows like Nigella: At My Table, Food Factory, Jamie’s Sugar Rush, Unique Sweets, and more. 

 

Watch Exclusive Shows on Discovery Plus Premium

 

Popular Free Shows

  1. Man Vs. Wild
  2. Cutthroat Kitchen
  3. Jamie and Jimmy’s Food Fight Club
  4. Ultimate Cake Off
  5. Junkyard Empire

Popular Premium Shows

  1. Into the Wild with Bear Grylls and Superstar Rajinikanth
  2. Say Yes to the Dress
  3. Moonbound
  4. Food Factory
  5. Project Runway: Fashion Startup

 

Popular Premium and Free Shows on Discovery Plus

Who Would Love the Discovery Plus Subscription? 

Discovery Plus houses content that ranges from informative documentaries, to space adventures, as well as fun content made especially for the younger generation. Hence, you’d love the Discovery Plus subscription if you: –

  • Prefer the documentary-style video streaming
  • Want short informative snippets made-to-go
  • Want your kids to enjoy the beautiful learning experience that Discovery provides
  • Want a comparatively affordable Streaming service

What Are the Features Offered by Discovery Plus?

  • Discovery Plus Premium is ad-free
  • Content is available in 8 languages including English and Hindi.
  • Streaming videos in HD quality.
  • You have buttons to rewind and forward 10 seconds while watching a video.
  • You can add videos to your watchlist or favourites if you are logged in.
  • You can set the preferred audio track for each video from the available languages in the Audio Language settings

What Are Some Alternatives and Competitors to Discovery Plus?

  • Netflix is arguably the most popular video streaming services with a diverse content of all genres, especially around documentaries.
  • Disney+ Hotstar – Hotstar has a huge catalogue of content from National Geographic, Discovery’s main comeptitor.
  • GuideDoc – This is a streaming service dedicated to only Documentaries.
  • Amazon Prime Video, owned by Amazon. It was launched in September 2006 in the United States and December 2016 worldwide. Amazon Originals premiered with comedy series “Alpha House” and “Betas” and several more like “Good Omens” and “Carnival Row” premiered in 2019

 

Subscription Service Discovery Plus Netflix PrimeVideo GuideDoc Disney+ Hotstar Muvizz
Subscription Plan Details Discovery Plus Subscription Netflix Subscription PrimeVideo Subscription GuideDoc Subscription Disney+ Hotstar Subscription Muvizz Subscription
Free Trial or
Free Availability?
NA 1 month No No No free trial, some content is free No
Monthly Plan Rs. 99 INR 500 (1 User)
INR 600 (2 Users)
INR 800 (4 Users)
INR 129 5 Premium – INR 299 per month INR 80
3-Month Plan NA N/A N/A
6-Month Plan NA N/A N/A
Yearly Plan Rs. 299 INR 999 N/A VIP – INR 399
Premium – INR 1,499
INR 800
Simultaneous Streaming Unlimited 1 to 4 Users Unlimited 1 User 1 User 1 Device
Premium Features Ad-free streaming, Unlimited access to Subscription content, Unseen Documentaries and Specials, Exclusive shows and kids content. Unlimited Access, HD & UHD Streaming Unlimited Access to PrimeVideo, PrimeMusic & Kindle e-Books,
Free Delivery
Unlimited access to content anytime, a new documentary every day. VIP – Content dubbed in Hindi, Tamil or Telugu. Selected Hotstar specials & Disney+ content, kids content, Selected Digital Premeries before TV. Contains Ads.
PREMIUM – Ad Free Streaming. All VIP Content + Premium Titles. All Disney+ Originals, kid content, Digital premieres, American shows and movies movies in English, Before TV access to selected shows. Unlimited Live Sports. Latest Bollywood and regional movies.
Various Genre, Curated Content, Cult Classics, No Ads, List making, Sharability, Unlimited Access to Subscription Content,
Offers NA Free subscription for selected Airtel & Vodafone Users Free for selected users of BSNL, Airtel & Vodafone N/A 1 year VIP membership free with 365 Flipkart Supercoins
Disney+ Hotstar Premium for free, with JioTV Subscription
N/A
Service & Content Type On Demand Streaming, Documentaries, TV Shows On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Kids, Originals On Demand Streamin, Documentaries Only On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows, Live TV, Sports & News , Regional Content, Kids Content On Demand Streaming, Movies, TV Shows
Data Usage per Hour NA 750 MB (HD) 925 MB (SD), 2.2 GB (HD), 6 GB (4K/UHD) N/A 1.3 GB(HD) N/A

Which Devices Support Discovery Plus?

  • Web Browser 
  • Android: Android devices (5.1 and later) 
  • iOS: All Apple devices (iOS 11.0 and later)

Unfortunately Discovery Plus is not available on Chromecast and Smart TVs yet. 

 

Discovery Plus - Available on Chrome, Firefox, Android, and iOS

 

The Pros and Cons of Discovery Plus

Pros:

  • 4000+ hours of entertainment
  • Content is available in eight languages including English and Hindi
  • A lot of free content
  • A user-friendly UI
  • Relatively inexpensive subscription plans

Cons:

  • Only the Discovery Plus Premium plan is ad-free
  • Compared to other Streaming Services, it lacks in content versatility. 
  • Not available on Chromecast or Smart TVs
  • Downloading videos to watch later is not possible
  • Subtitles are not available
  • The different languages a show is available in varies on the episode

How Can I Subscribe to Discovery Plus?

You can access free content without logging in to Discovery Plus. To access Premium content, you need to login.

Follow these steps to subscribe to Discovery Plus on the browser:

  1. Visit the webpage on www.discoveryplus.com.
  2. Go to the Premium section at the top of the screen.
  3. Click on the ‘Continue’ button
  4. Login with your Apple account, Facebook account or your mobile number
  5. Select preferred plan and click on ‘Subscribe’
  6. Select payment method and click on ‘Proceed’

 

Follow these steps to subscribe to Discovery Plus on the mobile app:

  1. Download the app from Google Play Store or App Store.
  2. Click on ‘Go Premium’ from the menu in the top left corner.
  3. Select preferred plan and click on Continue.
  4. Login with your Apple account, Facebook account or your mobile number
  5. Select preferred plan and click on ‘Subscribe’
  6. Select payment method and click on ‘Proceed’

And that’s it, you’ve successfully signed up! Now you are free to browse the endless content on Discovery Plus.

How to Cancel Discovery Plus Subscription

You can cancel your Discovery Plus subscription anytime, from the Google Playstore, or the Apple iTunes Store. 

  • Google Playstore

Open up your Playstore Account on the app or website. Next, choose the Subscriptions tab, go to Discovery Plus, and choose “Unsubscribe.

  • Apple iTunes Store

Login to your iTunes store. Next, go to the Subscriptions tab, choose the pack you wish to unsubscribe from. 

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