Discovery + is the streaming platform of the well-known company of the same name that broadcasts freely in UK from the DMAX television channel, but also has other thematic channels such as Discovery Channel, TLC, Travel Channel, Discovery Science, and many others. Last December Discovery decided to make the definitive leap to the digital market and offer content on demand through discovery +.
After 2 months subscribed to the platform and consuming its programs and documentaries on a regular basis, these are our impressions of what today is the greatest exponent of genres and content about real life.
Discovery +, a different platform with a lot of content and an interface that can be improved
It seems that streaming services have become a fertile ground for watching series and movies, but there are also other types of content that until very recently were only broadcast on television, leaving the VOD format (Video On Demand) a little sideways.
Something that is quite shocking if we take into account that the productions of companies like Discovery and the popularity of programs like “Stingy extremes” or “Ghost Adventures” have fueled the feeds from a multitude of YouTube channels over the last few years with hours and hours of content.
Therefore, knowing that discovery + is a reality and that all that content can already be enjoyed in streaming through a platform and its own subscription service is undoubtedly good news. Now, how is the service today? Worth?
Content is king
If there’s one thing discovery + excels at, it’s its content. If you like shows about aliens, conspiracies and the mystery genre here you will find a lot of shows and specials. Productions about crimes also occupy a very important space on the platform, as well as programs about nature, motor, history, relationships, and the always shocking extreme works.
After 2 months of using the service on a regular basis, I still have the feeling that I have yet to get a glimpse of more than the surface of everything that is available. In addition, the rate of new releases that arrive every week makes that feeling of enormity in terms of volume of content even greater. If you are a fan of the genre, you will undoubtedly find “a lot of fabric to cut”.
The interface and navigation menus are still in their infancy
If we can blame the discovery + developers for something, it is its interface. Here the slogan “less is more” has been taken to the extreme, with absences as painful as they are inexplicable. The app is available both on mobile devices, such as Android TV and through web browsers, which is still positive, but once we are inside, browsing can be a nightmare until we get used to how it works.
On the one hand, basic functions such as buttons to go to the next chapter or play content from the beginning have been omitted. If we are using the app from a Smart TV, we cannot exit the playback by pressing the “Return” button on the remote, we have to navigate through the interface and press a specific button to be able to exit.
If we continue playing a series from the “Continue watching” section, there is no way to navigate directly to the list of the rest of the program’s chapters. For this it is necessary to go out, look for the series in the search engine or in our favorites list.
We understand that the discovery + application is still in an early stage, and that all those usability improvements will eventually come, but right now navigating the platform is like traveling back in time, and that’s not good news.
A highly competitive price
Discovery Plus subscription has a price of € 3.99 per month with 7-day free trial, this being one of the strongest points of the service in UK. If we take into account that the supply and volume of content is really powerful, this makes its value for money unbeatable. The quality of the video is HD, although the type of content that is broadcast does not miss the 4K resolution much. The subscription also allows simultaneous playback on multiple devices.
Of course it is much cheaper than other options mainstream like Netflix, Disney + or HBO. Prime Video is still a separate case, since here Amazon plays in a completely different league, but even so, it is worth noting the effort that Discovery has made to distance itself and offer a cheaper proposal than other competitors within the streaming sector.
The language barrier
Another of the great absences that we find in this new service is the possibility of choosing the language. In favor of discovery + we must say that, unlike many other platforms, here all the content is perfectly dubbed into UK’s.
Now, there is no possibility to see any program in its original version, nor is there a subtitle option. For those who want to be able to enjoy voices as they really are with all their nuances and expressiveness, or for those with hearing problems who appreciate certain accessibility options such as subtitles, this is something that they will certainly miss.
With its lights and shadows today, discovery + is a streaming platform that still has a long way to go. There are aspects to improve, the most obvious being the navigation within the application and other details that are easier to solve such as the inclusion of subtitles and offering more language options. However, it has a very solid base that is its content and its unique offer with programs, series and documentaries that we will not see anywhere else, in addition to its certainly adjusted price.
If we are aware of all these factors and accept the “rules of the game” proposed by discovery +, we are facing a platform that can be very enjoyable.
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