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Discussion in 'DIRECTV Programming' started by dod1450, Jan 15, 2021.
As long as I don’t have to watch anything interrupted by commercials,I’ll gladly watch.
If you want to see content exclusive to Discovery+ you're going to have to subscribe to Discovery +. Not sure why anyone thinks that it is crappy to advertise their streaming service on their own channels. There are plenty of non Discovery channels that have ads. Most channels have advertising. If you don't like ads only subscribe to services that are ad free.
If you want to advertise your streaming service, do it as a regular ad in your normal ad space, not by plastering them all over the screen on your programming content.
I ended up gifting Discovery + to the wife as an early Valentine’s Day gift. There may a special right now it’s $29 for 6 months of commercial free paid up front. It’s a limited time deal you can get here:
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My wife sure got use out of it. She’s been in that app more than any other app or DirecTV this past weekend. I have to say that I’ve been enjoying some of the Mike Holmes shows on there and other home improvement / flipping shows. There was even a show about Jim Belushi building his cabin getaway (6 episodes) that was pretty good.
I have to say that the picture quality is much sharper and the colors are more vibrant, plus they have the black level and contrast right. It’s a lot better quality than the linear TLC, Discovery, HGTV, DIY, etc DirecTV channels.
The only downside is the FF control. You press >> and it’s only about a 15 second skip. If you hold it down then yeah it moves the time bar, but there’s no thumbnail preview. It’s ok, it’s just not like other streaming services. This is the Android TV version of the app so maybe it’s different on other platforms.
I have to say though it’s not 4k but the upscaling on my 65” Sony. 900h TV does a good job with it. We’ve watched a good number of content on it so whether or not we will be watched out after 6 months is yet to be known. Time will tell if we renew or drop the service after this prepaid promo pricing period. I do have to say I’m very thankful for the commercial free version.
FF/RW has a thumbnail on D+ on the Apple TV 4K box.
Interesting, none on Android TV or Roku.
Yeah, I got six months free from Verizon and a couple of my favorites have moved exclusively to it, but the quality using a Roku Ultra and a Vizio P75Qx-H1 is terrific. The Roku upscales everything to 4K and not having the commercials to FF through makes it worth keeping after the 6 months is up.
I wonder if they're wanting to nuke the linear channels and just have the dumb apps? I remember when Velocity became MotorTrend and started pushing their app. Many times you get "Only on the app."
WWE Network was one of the first niche streaming platforms and it lasted 7 years before being basically sold to NBC/Universal for $1 Billion over 5 years and now everything WWE Network is on Peacock. So the consolidation has begun. But at least in this instance there's a benefit to anyone thst was paying $10 for WWE since Peacock is only $5 with ads. WWE only barely had a million subscribers and I don't know if paying $200 mil a year is worth getting a possible 1 million more subscribers.
As far as the Discovery + logo being annoying goes, it's not half as annoying as the constant ad bombardment on all of their networks for it. I personally paid for 1 month but when you dive deep, I'd say 90% of their 55,000 hours of programming is stuff that's been re-ran to death on their channels and really there's not that much new content. I saw someone say that it's the perfect background noise streaming option but that's not something you pay $5 a month extra for. My guess is Discovery + will get merged into some other platform soon.
It's not the quantity, it's the quality. They're moving some of their most popular shows to streaming-only. Off the top of my head, there's Restaurant Impossible and Property Brothers. I got a year free from Verizon and I do enjoy it for what I get out of it. When the time comes to start paying for it, I'll make a decision.
But now Peacock (Comcast) is gaining tons of highly watched live content and their platform will give that content a much bigger audiance for it to be available on. Plus to put numbers in perspective the WWE deal with FOX for Smackdown is roughly $205 million per year. And mind you that's just for one weekly two hour show along with "Talking Smack" aired on FS1.
Effectively 1.66 million subscribers if they subscribed at $10 per month every month of the year. The Peacock deal gave Peacock more sports to deliver and WWE payment for 66% more subscribers. Whether or not people are watching is a separate question - the WWE is getting the money without marketing the service.