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Discovery Plus Ad-Free Subscribers Can Now Download Videos

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Discovery Plus has now added the ability to download videos to watch offline. As to be expected, this is one of the features that’s locked behind a premium subscription, so subscribers will need to be signed up to the ad-free plan to be able to download videos to watch without an internet connection.

Discovery Plus can be a good option for homes that are interested in food, home, lifestyle, and true crime content considering a subscription brings together movies and shows from HGTV, Food Network, TLC, and ID, among other networks. The service offers two main plan options to choose from, the standard ad-supported subscription at $4.99 per month and an ad-free subscription at $6.99 per month.

Besides the removal of the ads, the $6.99 Discovery+ (Ad-Free) tier also now comes with the ability to download episodes to watch offline. As this feature is currently locked behind the Ad-Free plan, those on the standard Discovery Plus tier will need to consider upgrading to an ad-free experience if they want to unlock the option to watch episodes without an internet connection.

Another consideration to keep in mind is that downloads are primarily designed for on-the-go usage. In other words, it is only possible to download Discovery Plus videos on a mobile device. The list of officially supported devices include Amazon Fire tablets running Fire OS 5.0 or later, Android phones or tablets running Android 5.1 or later, iPhone and iPad models running iOS 13 or later.

It is also worth noting that not all videos available to watch on Discovery Plus will also be available to download. However, it is fairly easy to determine which videos are available to watch offline as a small Download icon (arrow facing down) will be visible next to any video that is available to download. Clicking on this icon will begin the download process and all downloaded videos can then be accessed in the Downloads section of the app.

For those that are also ad-free HBO Max subscribers, the process of downloading videos on Discovery Plus is exactly the same as it is on HBO Max. Which shouldn’t come as much of a surprise considering the two services are in the process of merging into one.

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By John Finn

John Finn is the Founder and Editor of Streaming Better, a platform created in 2019 to help consumers navigate the complicated live TV streaming and subscription service market.

John has been covering technology for various online publications since 2014. After originally covering the wider tech industry as a writer and editor, John now spends his time focusing on the emerging video-streaming market, including live TV streaming, SVOD, AVOD, FAST, and TVOD services.

In a bid to keep up to date on the industry, John actively subscribes to multiple streaming services at the same time. However, John continues to advocate that the best approach for consumers is to rotate between streaming services as needed.

A Psychology graduate from England, who now lives in the US, John previously worked in the aviation industry as an airline reviewer. While reviewing airlines isn't quite the same as reviewing devices and streaming services, John brings the same analytical eye to all of his reviews and industry analysis, along with a special emphasis on what's best for the consumer.

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