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Discovery Plus launches Monday on most streaming TV platforms

No support for Playstation on day one, but plenty of other ways to watch — including Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

No support for Playstation on day one, but plenty of other ways to watch — including Roku and Amazon Fire TV.

The newest streaming TV service to hit the Internet will launch Monday with support for nearly every streaming platform, including all of the major ones.

Discovery Plus will be supported on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Chromecast with Google TV, Android TV (including the TiVo Stream 4K) and Microsoft’s Xbox gaming consoles when it launches on Monday. The service will also be supported on Samsung’s line of Tizen-powered smart TVs, on phones and tablets running Apple’s iOS or Google’s Android operating system and on standalone Google Cast devices like the Chromecast.

One holdout appears to be Sony’s PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 consoles, which won’t see support on day one but could be added in the future. Users with those consoles will have to use another streaming TV device or watch via a web browser instead.

Discovery Plus brings a large library of content from Discovery’s portfolio of cable channels, including Animal Planet, OWN, HGTV, Science Channel and TLC along with select shows from A+E Networks and BBC International for $5 a month with ads or $7 a month without commercials. The Desk was the first to report details about the pricing structure and content of Discovery Plus in November of last year; the company announced the streaming service at an event the following month.

Discovery’s cable feeds won’t be offered on the streaming service from the start — users will still have to subscribe to cable, satellite or a streaming TV service like Philo or YouTube TV to get those — but marketing blog The Streamable reported on Sunday that Discovery will eventually launch program-specific “virtual” linear channels resembling the type of feeds found on Pluto TV or Xumo.

Discovery Plus won’t be limited to the United States either: A similar streaming service with the same branding launched in Europe in mid-2020 and other countries will soon have access to regional variants of Discovery Plus in the coming months. In December 2020, Discovery’s chief executive David Zaslav said the ultimate target of Discovery Plus was the 3 billion smartphones in use around the world.

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