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4.9 out of 5
579.3K Ratings

579.3K Ratings

atebyb12 ,

Needs Some Kinks Worked Out

Overall, this app is amazing but it still has to work out some kinks. The price is great, especially to have the ad-free version. I was hoping it was the answer to cancelling another streaming service I subscribe to but this app doesn’t have the original 90 Day Fiancé show, just a streaming channel. Also, random episodes are missing on some shows, so I again have to revert to my other streaming service to watch there. The app freezes briefly on Roku TV after pausing or rewinding, and will skip over the part it freezes on. I’ve had no issues casting from my iPhone to my Vizio TV. I can still use my phone while it’s casting and there is no freezing or glitching. The functionality of the home screen needs some improvement organizationally and to provide the ability to delete episodes in “Continue Watching”. When it auto plays or I check out shows, I don’t necessarily want them to stay in “Continue Watching” because then I have to scroll through those to get to what I really want to continue watching. The catalog of shows is exceptional and I do love that some shows are unedited - very refreshing to be able to listen to people swear instead of hearing “beeep beeeep”. I would honestly pay more to have them remove the censorship bleeps from all shows (Gold Rush, I’m looking at you). I was sure I would cancel after the trial but I’ve stayed on as a subscriber because we now watch Discovery+ more than our other streaming services.

Developer Response ,

Hey There, We’re very sorry your experience didn’t meet expectations. We’d love to hear more so we can improve the app. Please submit a request by visiting help.discoveryplus.com.

VaryingDegreesOfRight ,

Small Changes Would Improve App Experience (iOS)

UPDATE: New pro to add to the list: the Discovery+ staff appears to read and respond to nearly all of their app reviews. This shows an open willingness to improve, which is essential to any successful streaming platform. Bravo, discovery+! I was so excited to try Discovery+ at the $0.99/month for 3 months promotional price. While I was right about the original programming being very worth the standard monthly price, a handful of features are preventing me from actually using the app. (1) No PiP in iOS/iPadOS - many neurodivergent folks multitask, using mobile devices to watch & work simultaneously. The PiP feature is a big draw for frequent viewers. (2) Not intuitively accessible - there aren't many shows with Audio Description, which is essential for many more people than just the visually challenged viewer. Additional languages for subtitles, and other audio/visual accommodations would be on par with other video streaming apps. (3) [This is nitpicking] When browsing, the date of original airing or release can only be seen once you start playback of an episode or movie. Finding the most recent releases helps me know what I want to watch. Those little ( I hope) additions will have me as a loyal subscriber for the foreseeable future.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for the update on your review! We most definitely value your feedback and take our time to read all suggestions to help us continue to make improvements for our amazing fans like yourself! Feel free to let us know if you have any other suggestions or concerns for us. We're here to help! You can contact us any time at help.discoveryplus.com.

bechne ,

Good catalog, playback features still lacking

There’s a lot of Discovery content, and a little History, to entertain for endless hours.

There are some playback features and functions you might miss from other streaming services. 1. There’s no way to connect to Chromecast or another device on your TV until AFTER you start an episode. This means you have to buffer, load, and play the video on your phone before you can tell it to connect to a external device on your TV. It’s very annoying. 2. The streaming on your TV/Chromcast and the controls on the phone lose sync so you sometimes have to stop, reconnect and start again to change playback. You also my need to know the exact show and episode playing to click back into it to get the controls back. 3. My biggest annoyance is the app will not stop streaming on a Chromecast unless you manually stop it. There’s no “are you there” option to check in and save your data usage and stop streaming after a few episodes if the TV is shut off while still streaming. If you set the sleep timer on your TV while a show is playing it will play all night and all day until you turn the TV back on the next night…and it’s still streaming. Has happened to me several times.

I like the service, but the app it’s lacking some of the refined user experience features that users expect from a streaming service day one. This was either rushed out and not extensively tested, or it was never extensively tested. Neither is really acceptable.

Developer Response ,

Hi there. We’re very sorry your experience didn’t meet expectations. We’d love to hear more so we can improve the app. Please submit a request by visiting help.discoveryplus.com.

crispycully ,

I love it, but it also can be frustrating.

I love this app. I'm so incredibly happy with the selection of shows and networks. But I have a huge problem streaming anything to my smart TV. This app has a horrible system for streaming. It's almost impossible to pause/play your show while also browsing the app. I've found that I have to go back into the show I'm watching, click the exact episode I'm watching, and then the app with allow me to pause the show. I just wish there was a better way to control streaming while also using the app. Other big streaming apps have an interface that's on screen all the time while streaming to allow you to control your show as you browse the app. It would be huge if you guys added one too. Another problem I'm experiencing is the app not playing the episode at all, or with the sound only. The app will connect to my TV but won't load the episode or picture. The last problem I've experienced is sometimes the app will replay 5 to 10 minutes of my show over and over again. The only way to escape this seemingly never ending loop is to skip ahead past the repeated scene.
Otherwise I love this app so much and I will continue to use it, especially if streaming becomes easier to use.

Developer Response ,

Hi thanks for taking the time to post your review! We’re so happy to hear you’re a fan of discovery+.

GoreObsessed1975 ,

Screen mirroring ability on tv is (apparently) a must to Chromecast

As others have said, the app works horribly (or not at all sometimes) with Chromecast. Yes, the content available is fantastic, which makes this casting issue so frustrating. I have contacted the help team, multiple times about this. I’ve done every suggestion they’ve given (cleared cache, re-downloaded the app, reset my WiFi, etc.) and nothing helps. I will say the team are always very responsive and try to help. But what I learned from one team member after all of these suggestions failed is that unless you have a tv/setup that enables screen mirroring on your tv, attempting to Chromecast will continue to be problematic. That’s unfortunate considering many people don’t have this option, including myself. I have an iPhone, but not a newer tv capable of this. It feels a bit disingenuous to find this out AFTER I’d paid for a subscription. I’ve continued to keep my subscription because the amount of content is great, but will not be renewing at the end of this month. To potential customers I would say be wary if you plan on Chromecasting but don’t have the screen mirroring function on your tv. To the potential developer’s response- I have already been through the help process and suggestions. I don’t need to go through it again. I just need the Chromecasting to be vastly improved. Please fix this!

Developer Response ,

Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. We will be sure to pass along your feedback to our development team to investigate this issue and improve the discovery+ streaming experience. If you have any additional details you would like to share, including the software version of your device and discovery+ app version installed, please feel free to reach back out to our support team at help.discoveryplus.com.

greenllamabean ,

Great content- glitchy app

I love all the different channels and content available- this app has become our go to over the last week. However there have been multiple issues while watching on Apple TV. The big one is if I decide to stop watching a show and try to back out of it, it takes a bit of time to go back to the menu and even then, the audio of the show continues to play, and I can’t scroll through the menu while that’s going on. I have to actually back the whole way out to the Apple TV Home Screen in order to get the audio to stop and wait a few min from there to get the Discovery app to “reset”. Next issue, not as major, is when an episode ends and is moving on to the next automatically, I get an error when it attempts to auto play. Once I click “try again”, it does move on though. The last thing I’ve noticed is on several occasions once an ad airs, when the episode comes back on, it’ll have reset the show back to a previous point. If it lets me fast forward (it gets hung up and almost laggy when this happens as in the previous situation of trying to back out of an episode), it’ll hit the same commercial break and just jump backwards in the episode again.

Developer Response ,

Hi there, we're very sorry to hear this! We’d like to learn more and hopefully help resolve this issue. Please Contact Us by visiting help.discoveryplus.com. Once we receive more information about your experience, someone from our team will reach out to provide you with assistance!

chrgarre ,

App needs improvement

I was initially irritated that people were being forced to get Discovery+ if they wanted to continue to watch certain shows. If I’m being honest, I’m still irritated. However, when looking at this from a financial perspective, in the long run this will save me money, as I will be canceling direct tv now that our contract is up. This may not be the case for others, so it is frustrating to know that this network is basically requiring you to pay more money for something that you are already paying for with cable. Yes I get it. It’s only $5, that’s not the point. Ok, that’s the end of my rant lol... I so far am enjoying g the content. However, the app could use some improvement. When you’re streaming a show to your television from the app and close the app it often times will shut the app down completely not allowing you to click back open to the app to rewind or fast-forward. And then have to go into your continue watching section where it restarts the episode in the wrong spot. It would also be nice to have the option to remove episodes from the continue watching section. Also I am unable to download this app on my chrome cast televisions. And PLEASE, when I have finished an episode, take it off of the continue watching section. That drives me bonkers!!

Developer Response ,

Hi there, thank you for your suggestions and feedback! We are working hard to continually improve the consumer experience. We’ll share your request with our developers for future consideration!

Join.The.Hunt ,

I wish they would fix their issues

I don’t know what it is with this streaming site, but I seem to have issues with them all the time. I will watch multiple episodes of a show and the close the app or leave the web page for the night, when I come back to the main page, it will tell me I have episodes I watched and finished in my to be continued section. Then with just the app, all the shows start mute in the beginning and it either comes on in a minute or I have to rewind for it to kick in. Now the subtitles come on every episode, even though I just turned them off on the previous episode and every setting on my AppleTV says no subtitles. Also, at first the subtitles were set to Automatic (Recommended), but when I deleted and reinstalled the app for the probably 20th time since signing up, now the subtitles turn on at English, no longer the automatic option and unless I’ve missed an option somewhere I can’t get them to just stay off. I have no problems when any of the other streaming apps and I pretty much have them all. This is the only one that has been a headache since I got it. If it wasn’t for some of the shows, I would of canceled it the 1st day…. Forgot to add, that episodes will go in an out of being clear to fuzzy pictures, when watching and again it’s the only streaming services that does it.

Developer Response ,

Hi there, we are sorry about the trouble you have had with closed captioning. Can you please update the app to version 15.5.0 and let us know if this continues to be an issue.

kayldf ,

Glitchy app but like the content

This app is extremely frustrating. It’s constantly buffering when I’m trying to watch something on my smart TV and I’ve confirmed it’s not my internet connection. Other streaming platforms like Netflix and Prime don’t have this issue. Additionally, the app often doesn’t save my place if I’ve only watched a portion of a show and come back later. I go to continue the episode and it shows I’m only 3 minutes into the show even if I had watched 30min. The app also regularly freezes and gives an error message when trying to start the next episode automatically. You have to click “try again” a couple of times before it works. I think the interface is also not great compared to other platforms. For example, there’s no easy way to see when a show on your list has a new episode- you have to manually go to My List and scroll through each individual show which is pretty inefficient. I will also note I’ve reported these issues before and Discovery + support attempted to help, but the handful of suggestions they gave didn’t change anything. I really like the content so I’ll keep my subscription for now, but I really hope they are working on improving it significantly. From the other reviews it seems that other people have similar struggles with this app.

Developer Response ,

We completely understand your frustration & would love to have the opportunity to look further into why you are experiencing these issues with your discovery+ subscription. Can you please email us directly at social@discoveryplus.com & reference ticket 2774263? This way we can look at your account & assist you further!

saraloz195 ,

App need lots of work

The contents of the app are great and love watching the shows I love. BUT the app is like using the very first streaming apps that ever came out. I use the app to stream to my TV and when I do the quality of the video is so awful. (No I’m not just watching older shows. I watch the magnolia network shows and the quality was still bad ONLY when streaming to my TV.) I haven’t had this problem with any of my other streaming apps. I can’t use my phone to answer a text without fear of having the app glitch out when streaming to my TV. There have been many times when I get a FaceTime call and I can’t easily pause the video to answer. When that happens I have to close the app then re-open the app, find the show I was watching, press play from where ever it wants to play (from the very beginning or a whole different episode) then press pause. After my calls, I have to re find my place and I had a problem with finding my place then after an ad break it hopped back to the very beginning of the episode (I had to restart the app). It is not user friendly but all streaming apps have gone through this phase so I will keep the app in the hopes that it will be better in the near future. If not I’ll just cancel and delete the app. I STRONGLY SUGGEST HAVING A WAY TO STREAM TO A TV BEFORE PRESSING PLAY ON A SHOW (helps with the long buffer).

Developer Response ,

Hi, something doesn't sound right about this. Try clearing your device cache and data, and if that doesn’t solve it, please Contact Us by visiting help.discoveryplus.com. Once we receive more information, someone from our team will reach out.