Really's Paranormal Shows To Find New Home On Discovery+
The Really channel have announced that their television catch-up service, dplay, will relaunch as Discovery+, but what does this mean for your favourite ghost hunting shows?
Really is the home of the #Freakend, a weekly programming event that brings fans of the paranormal three nights of ghostly entertainment every week from the likes of 'Ghost Adventures', 'Paranormal Lockdown', 'Portals To Hell' and 'Help! My House Is Haunted'.
As well as being able to watch these shows and more live on your television, the channel's current offering of ghost hunting shows is available to watch on demand on dplay, but from next month the streaming service will be renamed by Discovery+.
The platform brands itself as a "real-life entertainment streaming service for UK and Ireland." Despite the change of name, Discovery+ will still be the place to watch the likes of Zak Bagans, Katrina Weidman and Nick Groff for free.
The cross-platform service will give viewers free access to watch live television and 30-day catch-up from the free-to-air channel Really, plus its sister stations Quest, Quest Red, HGTV, Food Network and DMAX.
From November 2020 viewers will be able to view their favourite shows via the service's website or app on all major devices and will be rolled out on additional platforms over the coming year.
Want more? As well as the free ad-funded catch-up service, Discovery+ will also allow viewers to purchase an Entertainment Pass that will give them access to content from Discovery UK's premium television channels including Discovery Channel, TLC, Animal Planet, ID, Discovery Science, Discovery Turbo and Discovery History.
The Entertainment Pass will also give viewers access to extensive box sets and complete back catalogues of some of the network's most-loved shows, something which is currently available for free via dplay to some extent, but the new service promises to also give subscribers exclusive early access to some of their shows, including 'Ghost Adventures'.
Discovery UK hope the new service will become the ultimate destination for captivating factual, lifestyle and reality content that will be loved by followers of the paranormal, as well as fans of food, homes, motoring, adventure, weddings, true crime and more.
James Gibbons, EVP GM UK & Nordics, said "we've just celebrated our best quarter ever for audience share, and buoyed by that success are excited to announce the launch of Discovery+, to fuel the rapidly evolving demand for consumers to stream content at a time and on a device of their choosing. The home of real-life entertainment will satisfy consumers' growing appetite for premium unscripted entertainment, from food and homes to motoring and adventure, and will complement the streaming services already available in the market."
Viewers will be able to subscribe to Discovery+ directly via web or app purchase for a monthly fee of £4.99 with a 14 day free trial. A discounted annual fee of £29.99 is also available for a limited period after which time the annual cost will be £49.99. In Ireland the monthly fee will be €5.99 or discounted annual fee of €34.99.
Discovery+ will be available free of charge to Sky Q customers for 12 months. Once the 12 months is over, Sky customers will be able to add discovery+ directly to their bill.
Gibbons said, "we're particularly pleased to share this milestone moment with our long-standing partner Sky, who have been with us every step of the way in our quest to reach fans of real-life entertainment wherever they are in the UK."
The channel this week launched their annual 13 Nights Of Frights programming event with a whole host of brand new ghost hunting shows and returning favourites every night in the run-up to Halloween.
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