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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.

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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.

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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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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

John's preferred live TV streaming service right now is YouTube TV although he does tend to switch live TV services multiple times each year to keep up to date with their changes. Outside of live TV, John also actively streams HBO Max (for the shows), Peacock (for Premier League), and Paramount Plus (for Champion's League). However, John is also currently subscribed to Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

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