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Discovery Inc. (U.S.) confirmed on their quarterly conference call that the Discovery+ streaming service would launch in several additional countries including Canada later this year. (Transcript) There weren't many specifics, but some general comments included that they plan to launch with partners in some countries and they plan to offer an ad-lite subscription. In the U.S., the ad-lite subscription is $2 cheaper than ad-free and includes about 3 minutes of ads per hour.

Bell Media is Discovery's original Canadian partner for linear TV with the 4 Canadian Discovery-branded channels and Animal Planet.

Corus became Discovery's other Canadian partner when Discovery purchased Scripps, which brought in HGTV/DIY, Food/Cooking and OWN.

Discovery typically owns a minority interest of about 20% in the Canadian channels. In addition, they operate TLC and American Heroes Channel as foreign channels. They have also launched several programs that are Discovery+ originals and don't appear on linear TV.

Here is a previous discussion in the foreign TV shows thread when Discovery+ launched in the U.S.

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Judging by what's available in the Global App and CTV App's, my guess would be Corus is the partner on this one as most of the Discovery content is not available for streaming from Corus and most of Bell's is. With the exceptions of Food Network and HGTV, none of the content Corus has is on streaming. Nat Geo is I believe Disney content not Discovery so not sure why it's included in this. My guess is they have some sort of agreement where only exclusive content to Discovery+ and content not being aired in Canada from Food Network and HGTV is included and the rest comes from the Global app. Or the content is a season behind for anything from Food Network and HGTV.
 

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Thanks for catching my Nat Geo slipup. I corrected my original post.

When I went to discoveryplus.com , it redirected to discoveryplus.ca , so they must be preparing to launch. There's nothing there yet, so it just times out.

I noticed a lot of Corus content is available for streaming on Stack TV, including HGTV.
 

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Thanks for catching my Nat Geo slipup. I corrected my original post.

When I went to discoveryplus.com , it redirected to discoveryplus.ca , so they must be preparing to launch. There's nothing there yet, so it just times out.

I noticed a lot of Corus content is available for streaming on Stack TV, including HGTV.
My guess based on what is going on in the states is there will be 2 tiers of content streaming. Everything will be available on Discovery+ and only shows that are being aired will be available streaming via cable app. We already see this here on TLC where all shows that are aired on TV are on demand via Ignite or Bell or your various providers. The Discovery+ app offers additional programming and early releases of some shows a few days before they air on TV. We could see the same thing in Canada or potentially they just omit whatever is being aired on TV (Corus and possibly Bell channels) in current season and all back catalog goes to D+ as well as content made for the app.
 

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Discovery, Inc. To Launch discovery+ In Canada

Full press release. Note that the Canadian web site isn't up yet.

Discovery, Inc. today announced that discovery+, the definitive streaming home of non-fiction, real life content, will launch in Canada on Tuesday, October 19. The launch marks the first time Canadian viewers will have access to the most comprehensive collection of real life programming available anywhere.

discovery+ brings viewers more than 200 exclusive, original series across fan-favorite, real life genres, including True Crime, Home, Relationships, Food, Paranormal and Nature. Viewers will also have access to 60,000 episodes of current and classic shows from Discovery's iconic portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Magnolia Network, and the largest streaming collection of natural history content from the BBC.

Canadian viewers will have access to new series from iconic franchises such as Fixer Upper: Welcome Home, 90 Day: The Single Life and Naked and Afraid Of Love, and unique originals including Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard, No Responders Left Behind, Bobby and Giada in Italy, Queen of Meth and Love in Paradise. discovery+ also features much loved personalities like Guy Fieri, Drew and Jonathan Scott, Zak Bagans and Dr. Pimple Popper. Finally, more than 1,000 episodes of Discovery's most popular series will be subtitled in French at launch.

Platforms and Devices
At launch, discovery+ will be available on the following platforms and devices in Canada:
  • Amazon Fire TV streaming devices and Fire TV Smart TVs
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV HD & Apple TV 4K
  • Google devices and platforms including Android™ phones and tablets, Google TV™ and other Android TV™ OS devices, and Google Chromecast™ and Chromecast built-in™ devices
  • Microsoft Store on Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S devices
  • The Roku® platform
  • Samsung Smart TVs (2017 and newer)
Pricing
discovery+ is available starting at Can$4.99 per month, with an ad-free version available for Can$6.99 per month. Each account will include up to five user profiles and four concurrent streams, among the most offered in the streaming video category.

"We are thrilled to launch discovery+ in Canada, a country of devoted Discovery fans and home to many of the most beloved stars in our family," said JB Perrette, President and CEO of Discovery Streaming and International. "discovery+ is one of one: the definitive real life streaming service, and we deliver the best streaming value to our fans. We know it will resonate with our loyal audience in Canada, as we continue to roll the service out to a number of key markets around the world throughout the rest of 2021."

discovery+ Features
discovery+ makes it easy for subscribers to browse the largest offering of real life content anywhere with world class features to create one of the best streaming experiences:
  • The "For You" section features shows that are most relevant to the subscriber and provides immediate access to series and shows from across the entire content library; their favorite networks; and interactive hero images on connected TV's, without ever leaving the home screen.
  • discovery+ combines the most loved brands in entertainment and makes it easy for subscribers to explore each one with customized "Brand Hubs" that feature the best series, shows and episodes.
  • The discovery+ navigation is designed to allow subscribers to dive deep into "Top Genres" including lifestyle, home, food, true crime, adventure, relationships, nature and animals, science and tech, natural history, paranormal and more. Subscribers can easily search across passion verticals and scroll through an abundance of choices.
  • The discovery+ "Browse" and "Search" experiences are among its most powerful features. Subscribers can quickly and easily find what they want to watch and take a deep dive into a vast array of content that is instantly filtered by new, trending and timely topics.
Marketing Partner
Discovery enters the Canadian market with an integrated marketing partnership with Corus Entertainment Inc. Capitalizing on the strength of Corus and Discovery's long-standing joint venture, this partnership will introduce Canadians to discovery+ via Corus' powerful megaphone of media assets including linear networks, radio, digital, and social platforms.

"We are excited to build on over 20 years as joint venture partners with Discovery in Canada," said Doug Murphy, President and CEO, Corus Entertainment. "As the country's leader in lifestyle content, Corus' extensive suite of media assets provide broad scale and reach to audiences seeking to experience Discovery's deep library of world class content wherever they are. With our expertise in driving discoverability and brand recognition, we look forward to supporting the growth of discovery+ in Canada."

Ad Sales
discovery+ offers unique, incremental scale and reach, along with lighter ad loads and data-driven cross-platform capabilities, creating a more powerful and impactful experience for both consumers and advertisers. The streaming service launches in Canada with partners including The Trade Desk, MediaMath, Adobe, Magnite and Freewheel.
 

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Good news. Canada is one step closer to enabling cord cutters. I just hope it's not another "lite" streaming service with most of the popular content missing due to exclusive licensing to inferior, government protected Canadian broadcasters.
 

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It should be protected from being a "lite" version as they're partnered with Corus. May need to add some Corus originals particularly on the Food Network, HGTV etc. side where they have Canadian content created but that will likely also get thrown into the US catalog. The only surprise I'm finding is that Discovery Network content is included. I'm guessing that everything will be a season or 2 behind for stuff airing on the Bell Networks but that is a surprising win on this front for consumers.
 

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Most Corus content appears to be available already with Stack TV which costs $12.99. I wonder how that translates to $4.99 or $6.99 in the minds the Corus bean counters and owners. I don't expect them to provide the same content at the lower price.
 

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If you go to discoveryplus.com from a Canadian IP address, it now redirects to https://www.discoveryplus.com/ca/. It looks like they just kind of slapped it together with a lot of U.S. stuff like a Verizon promo that isn't applicable to Canada, so I wouldn't depend on the accuracy of anything you see there.

One thing that surprised me is the inclusion of natural history content from the BBC. I thought BBC Earth Canada had those rights locked up.

Depending on how the contracts were written, Discovery U.S. may have retained non-exclusive streaming rights to shows on Discovery Canada, Animal Planet, etc. We might see current episodes on Discovery+, possibly next-day.
 

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The Corus channels are retaining exclusive first run programming for shows they already have.So it's Discovery plus lite ! Some Corus produced shows like Island of Brian stay only on Corus.
 

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The Corus channels are retaining exclusive first run programming for shows they already have.
Do you have a source for that? Does that mean the shows won't be available on Discovery plus until after the complete season has aired? Does that also apply to the Bell Media channels?
 

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Isn't it Corus that's bringing the streaming service to Canada?
It looks like Discovery is bringing the streaming service to Canada "direct to consumer". They don't need a Canadian owner since it's not a TV station. Corus is only a "Marketing Partner", meaning the ads will run on Corus TV and radio stations. Corus may get a small percentage of revenue from Discovery+ or they may just be paid for their marketing services.
 

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So it's like a lot of other US broadcaster streaming services. They sell the programming rights for the most popular programming to Canadian broadcasters and charge Canadians for the leftovers. Discovery+ can buy my household garbage for $4.99 a month if they want to watch ads while they pick it up. ;)
 

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discovery+ just went live for Canada with 7 days free available only to new subscribers.

The site doesn't show the available programs without a subscription, unfortunately. It will be good to hear from anyone that does subscribe.
 

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discovery+ just went live for Canada with 7 days free available only to new subscribers.

The site doesn't show the available programs without a subscription, unfortunately. It will be good to hear from anyone that does subscribe.
My initial impression is a Grade C-. I doubt if I will keep it past the 7 day trial even for $5 or $7/month. There are a lot of shows but most are the 2nd or 3rd tier shows from the various channels. There is little new/recent and less that I would have watched when I subscribed to the channels on cable. Many have missing seasons.

Of course this is all subjective. There may some people who have been dying for a chance to watch a million different versions of 90 Fiancé.
 

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There is little new/recent...
Is it safe to assume that anything that airs on the Corus or Bell Media channels are their exclusives for the current season and discovery+ gets streaming rights after the season is over?

I would think that anything that airs on TLC would also be available for streaming on discovery+, since that channel is wholly owned by Discovery Inc. in the U.S.

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TLC is loading certain shows like 90 Day Fiancé earlier on D+ then on cable. Corus cut a deal with Discovery to partner on this so I would guess Corus stuff also gets to air early and that it would only be Bell owned channels that have some sort of delay but I don't have D+ so not sure how to confirm. I may give it a shot though.
 
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