NOW viewers may be surprised to find that a channel has disappeared overnight
The contract-free streaming service NOW, formerly known as NOW TV, has ditched the popular Discovery channel from its Entertainment membership. With no price change, NOW subscribers will now no longer be able to access the actual channel’s shows and movies. That includes access to the live channel as well as on-demand content. The change took effect at the end of June 2021. Those who want to tune in to the latest news from Discovery will now have to spend a little more.
The first sign that NOW subscribers were about to lose hours of live and on-demand content arrived early last month, when NOW removed all mentions of the Discovery channel from the FAQ section on its website. If that sounds familiar, it’s probably because there was a threat that Sky Q customers could lose access to all Discovery channels last year. However, the two companies reached a long-term agreement to keep the channels on their satellite service.
Unfortunately, while Sky Q viewers can continue to enjoy the channel’s live and on-demand shows, the deal between the two entertainment companies did not include a provision for NOW. As such, Discovery has now pulled all of its content from NOW subscribers.
But while there’s no longer a way to watch the Discovery Channel on NOW, depending on what set-top box you have at home, there’s still a way to tune in. However, you will need to subscribe to another streaming service for this.
If you want to see all that Discovery has to offer, you have to pay for Discovery too
Yes, Discovery recently launched its own streaming service called Discovery+ which includes its live channels and on-demand box sets. There is a free subscription tier that offers access to live channels Real, Quest, Quest Red, and a few more. There are also catch-up shows from the last 30 days, but no access to the full on-demand catalog. To access that, you have to pay £4.99 per month.
In addition to on-demand box sets, Discovery+ adds access to all channels, including Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet and more.
If you’re desperate for every episode of 90 days fiance, ghost adventures, and more, consider getting a standalone Discovery+ subscription. You can get a small discount if you pay for an annual subscription, which costs £49.99 or £4.20 per month.
Speaking about the decision to drop Discovery from NOW, a company spokesperson told vertelde ISPreview: “We are constantly evaluating the needs of our customers and striving to deliver an ever-changing set of high-quality content that they love. As of June 30, Discovery content will no longer be available on NOW, but our members can still enjoy great shows from Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and more.”
The news comes a few weeks after NOW decided to add live channels and children’s box sets to its Entertainment membership at no extra cost. Priced from £9.99 per month, subscribers get access to Sky One, Sky Atlantic, MTV, Sky Crime, Sky Documentaries, Sky Comedy, Challenge, National Geographic and more.
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