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Discovery+ launched today. Is the new streaming service worth its $6.99 monthly fee?

The new service is home to over 55,000 episodes of shows from a variety of popular channels including HGTV, Food Network, TLC and more.

In this July 31, 2017, file photo, the Discovery Communications logo sits atop its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.
In this July 31, 2017, file photo, the Discovery Communications logo sits atop its headquarters in Silver Spring, Md.
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Discovery+, the newest streaming service to enter the “streaming wars,” launched on Jan. 4, offering cord cutters passage into the worlds of HGTV, Food Network, TLC and beyond.

When it comes to weighing out whether the new platform is worth its price tag, your mileage may vary depending on your personal tastes, but we’re here to help make that decision as easy as possible.

Here’s everything we know about Discovery+.

What it offers

Opposed to scripted programs like Netflix’s “Cobra Kai” or Disney+’s “The Mandalorian,” Discovery+ will offer subscribers “real-life” content, Business Insider reports.

The new service is home to over 55,000 episodes of shows from a variety of popular channels including HGTV, Food Network, A&E, TLC, Animal Planet, History Channel, and Discovery Channel.

In addition to new original shows like “90 Day Fiancé Universe” and “Bobby and Giada in Italy,” the streamer also offers an expansive catalog of familiar favorites like “Dance Moms,” Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” and “Property Brothers.”

How much it costs

Similar to Hulu, Discovery+ offers two subscription options.

  • For $4.99 a month, viewers can access Discovery+’s full catalog, but the low price point comes burdened with commercials.
  • For $6.99 a month, subscribers can have full access to the service without having to sit through any ads, Business Insider reports.

According to The Associated Press, Verizon customers can get a yearlong subscription to Discovery+ for free. This special offer is similar to the deal that Verizon provided when Disney+ launched in 2019.

Each Discovery+ account can include up to five user-profiles and the service supports four concurrent streams at a time.

How to get it

Business Insider reports that the new service is currently available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV. Viewers can also download the Discovery+ app on smartphones and access the service through standard internet browsers.

According to The Associated Press, the new service is available in 25 countries including Italy, Spain, the U.K., Ireland and India.