Discovery Plus will launch in Canada on October 19 in partnership with Corus


TORONTO – Discovery Plus arrives in Canada next week.

The new streaming platform, specializing in non-fiction shows, announces its launch on October 19 for Canadian subscribers.

With it, more than 200 exclusive and original series as well as 60,000 episodes of programming from its library of cable television networks, including HGTV, Food Network, TLC and Animal Planet.

The platform will also host a variety of original programs, including “Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard”, “No Responders Left Behind” and “Queen of Meth”.

Discovery Plus is priced at $ 4.99 per month with ads and $ 6.99 for an upgraded ad-free version.

The streaming platform, which rolled out to many international markets earlier this year, joins a growing number of options in Canada, including established services Netflix and Crave, as well as new entrants Disney Plus and Apple. TV Plus.

As part of Discovery’s arrival of streaming in Canada, the company strengthened its joint venture with Corus Entertainment, a long-standing traditional television partner.

A new marketing agreement between media companies will use Corus linear television networks, radio, digital and social platforms to promote Discovery Plus programming.

Toronto-based Corus will also retain its existing first-run exclusive rights to most programs, as well as full exclusive rights to Canadian shows that include “Island of Bryan” and “Great Chocolate Showdown,” according to representatives. .

Corus will also keep its channels with Discovery properties – HGTV and Food Network among them – as part of its StackTV streaming package on Amazon Prime Video. The $ 12.99 per month package bundles programming from these channels with Global, Showcase and others owned by Corus.

Discovery Plus will be available on various streaming devices, including those from Apple, Roku, and Amazon. It will also be compatible with Chromecast and other Google products, as well as recent Xbox models and Samsung smart TVs.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published on October 12, 2021.

David Friend, The Canadian Press


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