Sky’s own streaming service NOW, formerly NOW TV, will remove the popular Discovery channel from its entertainment membership. Without a price change, NOW subscribers lose access to the channel. This includes both access to the live channel and on-demand content.
The first sign that something was brewing was when NOW removed all mentions of the Discovery channel from the FAQ section on its website earlier this month. If that sounds familiar, it’s likely because Sky Q customers could lose access to all of Discovery’s own channels in the past year. However, the two companies have reached a long-term agreement to keep the channels on their satellite service.
However, that clearly hasn’t helped those who watch Sky TV on the NOW contract-free service.
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 includes access to the live channels Really, 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. You have to pay £ 4.99 per month to access it.
In addition to on-demand box sets, Discovery + offers access to all channels including Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet and more.
If you’re desperate to catch up on every episode of 90 Day Fiancé, Ghost Adventures, and more, consider a standalone subscription to Discovery +. You can get a small discount when you pay for an annual subscription which costs £ 49.99 or £ 4.20 per month.
Speaking of NOW’s decision to discontinue Discovery, a company spokesperson told ISPreview, “We are constantly evaluating our customers’ needs and striving to provide an ever-changing range of high-quality content they love. As of June 30th, Discovery content will no longer be available on NOW, but our members will still be able to enjoy fantastic shows from Sky Documentaries, Sky Crime and many more. “
The news comes a few weeks after NOW decided to add live channels and boxing sets for kids to entertainment membership at no additional cost. For £ 9.99 per month, subscribers get access to Sky One, Sky Atlantic, MTV, Sky Crime, Sky Documentaries, Sky Comedy, Challenge, National Geographic and more.
As part of the latest upheaval, Sky has also increased the price of its NOW Boost additional service for all new customers. Currently, those joining the no-contract streaming service after July 15, 2021 will have to pay £ 3 a month an additional £ 5 a month to unlock 1080p High Definition, the ability to stream to multiple screens in the same house with the same subscription, Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound and 50 frames per second for sports.