Discovery+ Launching on Sling TV and Dish TV

Discovery+ Aug. 8 launched on Sling TV and will launch on Dish TV Aug. 25, Warner Bros. Discovery and Dish Network announced.

Sling and Dish users can access the streaming service for $4.99 per month, or upgrade to a commercial-free subscription for $6.99 per month. Those looking to add Discovery+ as an a la carte streaming service, or add to their Sling Free account, will get a seven-day free trial of the channel.

Titles available at launch include Hillsong: A Megachurch Exposed, “Conjuring Kesha,” “90 Day: The Single Life” and more from the “90 Day” universe, “Fixer Upper: Welcome Home” and “Unprecedented.”

All Sling users, including users of Sling Free or any Sling subscription, may customize their viewing experience by adding Discovery+ as a premium a la carte streaming service. 

“Providing our customers with the best entertainment experience has always been our number one priority at Dish and Sling,” Gary Schanman, group president of Sling TV, said in a statement. “The addition of Discovery+ on our platforms offers iconic and acclaimed content for the a la carte experience our customers love. We offer more than 50 premium a la carte services to enable our users to customize their viewing experience, all with a single account login so they can easily manage their services in one place.”

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“With Discovery+, we are committed to making our world-class content accessible to all of our fans across all platforms, and this partnership with Sling and Dish allows us to deliver on that commitment,” Gabriel Sauerhoff, SVP of digital distribution and commercial partnerships for Warner Bros. Discovery, said in a statement. “We always put our dedicated viewers at the forefront of our decision making, and we’ll continue to do so as we expand the reach of our beloved programming, talent and brands.”

More than 70,000 episodes of current and classic shows are available on Discovery+ from Discovery’s portfolio of networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC, ID, OWN, Travel Channel, Discovery Channel, Animal Planet and Magnolia Network, along with more than 200 Discovery+ original titles and hundreds of hours of exclusive content. Additionally, the service offers top non-fiction content from A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime, and an expansive offering of nature and environmental programming.

CNN Original Content Available on Discovery+ Aug. 19

CNN and Warner Bros. Discovery have announced the launch of a dedicated CNN Originals hub on Discovery+ domestically.

Beginning August 19, Discovery+ subscribers will be able to access a curated selection of library CNN content through a new hub featuring premium programming from the network’s brands: CNN Original Series, CNN Films, and HLN Original Series.
 
“We’re thrilled to expand the reach of CNN and HLN’s powerful nonfiction programming to subscribers of Discovery+,” Chris Licht, chairman and CEO of CNN, said in a statement. “Our original series have an unrivaled ability to introduce and immerse audiences in stories of the people, places and cultures that make this world so fantastic and, at times, frightening. By offering our programming through Discovery+, more people can explore and experience CNN’s premium content.”
 
“True crime, food and travel programming are among the most-watched genres for Discovery+ viewers, so these titles from CNN will fit right in with our best-in-class collection of unscripted content,” J.B. Perrette, president and CEO of Warner Bros. Discovery Streaming, said in a statement. “We’re excited to offer our subscribers access to a comprehensive offering of CNN Original Series available to stream with their existing subscription.”
 
Subscribers will have access to more than 800 episodes of current and legacy programming from the CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series library. Among the CNN Original Series titles available at launch are the 13-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”; Primetime Emmy Award-winning “Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy”; “The History of the Sitcom”; the five-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning “United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”; “The History of Comedy,” executive produced by Sean Hayes, Todd Milliner and Mark Herzog; and “This is Life With Lisa Ling.” HLN Original Series titles including “How It Really Happened,” “Death Row Stories,” “The Hunt With John Walsh” and “Very Scary People” will also be available. Select titles from the CNN Films library will stream exclusively on Discovery+. Additional programming from CNN Films and CNN Original Series is available on HBO Max. The CNN Original “Who’s Talking to Chris Wallace?” will also debut on HBO Max this fall. 

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“As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of CNN Original Series, this new collaboration allows us to share these smart and entertaining projects with a new and already engaged audience,” Amy Entelis, EVP of talent and content development for CNN worldwide, said in a statement. “We know subscribers will enjoy exploring over 800 episodes of award-winning programming from CNN and HLN Original Series and CNN Films.”
 
In addition to this initial offering of CNN Originals available to stream, select CNN Original Series and HLN Original Series will be added to the CNN Originals Hub and stream on Discovery+ in the future following their linear run on the cable networks. Titles will be announced in the months to come.
 
Beginning Aug. 19, Discovery+ subscribers can access the CNN Originals Hub within the Discovery+ app or on the web at discoveryplus.com.  

Herzog Doc ‘Last Exit: Space’ to Stream on Discovery+ March 10

The documentary Last Exit: Space will stream exclusively on Discovery+ on March 10.

Directed by Rudolph Herzog and executive produced and narrated by Werner Herzog, the film takes viewers on a journey into space and living beyond Earth as they look to answer the big question: How close are we to fulfilling our dream of becoming space colonists?

More than 7 billion humans walk this Earth. Our resources are dwindling. Since time immemorial, we have looked up into the night sky wondering what’s out there in the vast distance of space. There are over 100 billion planets in the Milky Way alone. Could one of them be our future home?

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Sean Penn Doc ‘Citizen Penn’ to Premiere on Discovery+ May 6

The documentary Citizen Penn, chronicling actor and activist Sean Penn’s work in Haiti and beyond, will premiere on the SVOD service Discovery+ May 6.

The documentary records the moment Penn and his team of volunteers landed in Haiti, just days after the earthquake struck, and the 10 years since. The film offers viewers an intimate, honest and self-reflective look into the triumphs and challenges of those who decided to do something. For Penn, Haiti changed his life. He went there for what he thought was a two-week aid mission to drop off supplies, help doctors provide immediate medical care, and then get out and get back to his normal life. Instead, he stayed and created an organization called J/P HRO (now CORE) that took over management duties for the largest camp for displaced people in the entire country.

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Over the past few years, CORE has expanded its efforts across the United States, most recently organizing free COVID-19 testing sites across the country and running the nation’s largest vaccination site at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. Citizen Penn highlights the team and their current projects in the United States.

The film is written and directed by Don Hardy with an original score by Linda Perry and features the original song “Eden (To Find Love)” performed by Bono and co-written by Bono and Perry.

CEO: Discovery+ Streaming Service Expected to Reach 12 Million Subscribers by End of February

Discovery’s nascent branded subscription streaming VOD service, Discovery+, finished the fourth quarter and fiscal year (ended Dec. 31, 2020) with 11 million subscribers. The platform, which launched Jan. 4, is expected to end February with 12 million subs, CEO David Zaslav disclosed in a fiscal briefing.

CEO David Zaslav

The $4.99 monthly service offers streaming access to Discovery’s portfolio of branded programming including Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Travel Channel, MotorTrend, Animal Planet, Science Channel, and the forthcoming multi-platform joint venture with Chip and Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Network, as well as OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network in the U.S.

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“We are off to a promising start in 2021 with the successful launch of Discovery Plus … underscoring the value of the investments we’ve made in content, personalities and brands, supported by industry-leading DTC capabilities,” Zaslav said in a statement.

Discovery+ Streaming Service Acquires Euro Bicycle Racing Rights

Discovery has secured the exclusive global rights to show the Giro d’Italia (Tour of Italy bicycle race) until at least 2025, in a move that further strengthens its live cycling coverage.

The long-term deal with RCS Sport via IMG means Discovery retains its Giro’s multi-platform rights, providing live coverage of every stage from the year’s first Grand Tour on Eurosport via Discovery+, Discovery’s new $6 monthly streaming product, and through the Global Cycling Network (GCN) streaming service.

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A range of UCI World Tour events and one-day Classics held in Italy are also part of the agreement, including the Strade Bianche Men and Women Elite, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-Torino, Gran Piemonte, the Giro di Sicilia, Milan-San Remo and Il Lombardia. The first UCI World Tour event of the 2021 season, the UAE Tour, is also included on an exclusive basis.

“Through our partnership between Eurosport and GCN, and increasingly in 2021 through Discovery+, we will continue to harness our deep cycling expertise and unrivalled global scale to unlock the power of the sport for all to enjoy,” Andrew Georgiou, president of Eurosport and Global Sports Rights & Sports Marketing Solutions, said in a statement.

The Discovery brands will continue to showcase bike racing throughout 2021 with 300 days of live men’s and women’s events on offer, including 16 days of action from the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

The news follows Eurosport’s announcement that it will screen multiple UCI events in 2021, including the UCI Road World Championship, UCI Track Cycling World Championship, UCI Mountain Biking World Championship, BMX World Championship, Urban Cycling World Championship, Cyclo-Cross World Championship as well as the conclusion of the Cyclo-Cross World Cup.

All events within the multiyear RCS Sport deal include:

  • UCI World Tour — UAE Tour (seven stages in February)
  • UCI World Tour — Giro d’Italia (21 stages in May)
  • UCI World Tour — Strade Bianche Men (one day in March)
  • UCI Women’s World Tour — Strade Bianche Women Elite (one day in March)
  • UCI World Tour — Tirreno–Adriatico (seven stages in March)
  • UCI World Tour — Milan–San Remo (one day in March)
  • UCI Europe Tour — Milan-Torino (one day in October)
  • UCI World Tour — Il Lombardia (one day in October)
  • UCI Europe Tour — Gran Piemonte (one day in October)
  • UCI Europe Tour — Giro Di Sicilia (four stages in April)