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Discovery+ Free Trial: How long & Options Explained

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Discovery+ offers a free trial to allow individuals and households to see if the service is right for them before paying, with the standard free period lasting seven days. However, there is more than one way to start a Discovery+ free trial and some options may suit some consumers better than others. In addition, if you’ve already taken advantage of a free trial, there still might be a way to get another one.


Discovery+ brings together a number of popular shows from a variety of different networks, including Discovery, HGTV, ID, and History among others. As a result, a Discovery+ subscription is likely to appeal to many household members. There is also more than one plan to choose from, so consumers are able to pick the one that best suits their individual budget and needs.

The standard Discovery+ free trial lasts seven days and the easiest way to take advantage of the free period is directly through the Discovery+ website. As to be expected, the Discovery+ free trial is only available to new users, so those that have already subscribed to the streaming service will be unable to sign up for a free trial. At least, not directly through Discovery+.


Other ways to get a Discovery+ free trial

While the easiest way to test out Discovery+ for free is directly through the service, that’s not the only option. Some third-party services also offer the ability to add Discovery+ as a channel with one of the best examples being Amazon. The online retailer offers a Prime Video Channels service which makes it easy to sign up to various subscriptions, including Discovery+. A Discovery+ subscription through Amazon does not cost any more each month and signing up this way also offers the option to watch for free for seven days.

This can be a useful workaround for those that have already taken advantage of the free trial through Discovery+, as signing up through Amazon has nothing to do with the account that was previously created with the streaming service. The other benefit of this approach is that consumers don’t have to worry about setting up a subscription with another service as Amazon completely handles management of the subscription, including payments.

Amazon is not the only solution either, with a number of other services, such as Apple TV, also allowing the ability to add Discovery+ as a channel. Typically, they will also offer the option to subscribe for free for the first seven days. It is worth noting that there can be some limitations when signing up through a third-party. For example, starting a Discovery+ subscription through Amazon Prime Video Channels only allows access through Prime Video. In other words, subscribers won’t be able to also access the same content through the Discovery+ app or website.


What to know before signing up for free

Regardless of the method used to actually start a free trial, there are some things to be aware of before signing up. Firstly, there are two Discovery+ plans to choose from. Priced at $4.99 and $6.99 per month, the main difference between the two is the ads with the more expensive plan offering an ad-free streaming experience.

This is important to know before signing up as consumers will be expected to choose one of these two plans before they are able to watch for free. Technically, consumers can choose the ad-free plan and switch to the cheaper ad-supported subscription before the free period ends, but that will require them to remember to make the switch in time.

It is also worth noting that Discovery+ uses automatic billing. This means the consumer will need to provide a payment option when signing up to the free trial and the first monthly payment will be automatically taken once the trial comes to an end. The only way to avoid this happening is to make sure to cancel Discovery+ before the free trial ends. The exact method of canceling the subscription will depend on how it was created. For example through Discovery+ or through a third-party service like Amazon.


Discovery+ free trial summary

Discovery+ typically offers a 7-day free trial. This is usually only available to new subscribers although there is also the option to sign up through some third-party services, such as Amazon Prime Video Channels and Apple TV. Signing up through a third-party can be a free trial workaround for any individuals and households that have already signed up to Discovery+ directly.

Regardless of which service is used to start a free trial, Discovery+ offers ad-supported and ad-free plans. Consumers will need to choose one of these and also provide a payment option before being able to watch Discovery+ for free. Consumers will also want to make sure they cancel before the free trial ends if they want to avoid actually paying the monthly Discovery+ subscription cost.

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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