‘Real-life’ Streamer Bows

Discovery+, a “non-fiction, real-life” streamer, launches today, January 4, with a large library drawn from sibling Discovery channels (HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Travel Channel, etc.), the BBC’s Natural History collection, A&E Networks and others.

The service, which competes with such players as CuriosityStream, costs $4.99/month with commercials, or $6.99/month for an ad-free experience. Verizon customers with qualifying plans can get 12 months free.

The streamer hits the ground running with a 55,000-episode, 2,500-show catalog. Today’s launch includes two notable series debuts: Frozen in Time and BattleBots: Bounty Hunters.

Frozen in Time

The Brady Bunch’s Maureen McCormick and designer Dan Vickery redesign homes that are stuck in another century. Dan updates the structure; “Maureen sources beautiful decade-specific pieces to give the home a refreshed look and a wink to its original era.”

BattleBots: Bounty Hunters

Rock ‘em, sock ‘em robots. Challengers from all sort of backgrounds enter their robots in a fight-to-the-junkyard against a BattleBot legend. The prize: $25,000.

What Else to Expect

Magnolia Network shows

The streamer will offer exclusives from the yet-to-launch Magnolia Network.  Series include Fixer Upper: Welcome Home; the cooking series Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines; and Road to Launch, a show promoting upcoming Magnolia Network programming (Magnolia will debut later in 2021).

A Perfect Planet

Narrated by Sir David Attenborough, this five-part series examines “how the forces of nature – weather, ocean currents, solar energy and volcanoes – drive, shape and support Earth’s great diversity of life.” 

90 Day Fiancé companion shows

For those who can’t get enough of TLC’s 90 Day Fiancé, the streamer offers several companion series with unexpurgated scuttlebutt about the couples: 90 Day Bares All, 90 Day Diaries and 90 Day Journey.

Long Island Medium: There in Spirit

Theresa Caputo delivers socially distanced readings.

Cooking shows

Bobby Flay of 'Bobby and Giada in Italy' on discovery+
(Above: Bobby Flay, source discoveryplus.com)

Programs include Bobby and Giada in Italy, in which celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis take a culinary tour of Italy; Cakealikes, involving competitors making life-size confections of celebrities; and the self-explanatory Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored.

discovery+ will also feature such genres as true crime (Queen of Meth, American Detective with Joe Kenda), adventure (Route 66, Pushing the Line), nature and science (Mysterious Planet, Six Degrees with Mike Rowe) and documentaries (The Impossible Row, My Beautiful Stutter, The Parachute Murder Plot).

For more information, visit discoveryplus.com.

(Top image source: discoveryplus.com)

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