Entertainment

Everything We Know About Discovery+

The new streaming service from Discovery is here.

Food Network
Food Network
Food Network

Every time you think you’ve subscribed to enough many streaming services already, a bold new entry comes along hawking its wares. The latest competitor to join the streaming wars: Discovery, Inc.’s Discovery+, which launched January 4, 2021. [Disclosure: Discovery is an investor in Group Nine Media, which owns Thrillist.] Billing itself as “the definitive non-fiction, real-life subscription streaming service” to differentiate itself from the likes of Disney+, Apple TV+, HBO Max and NBC’s Peacock, Discovery+ offers original shows and a library culled from Food Network, HGTV, Travel Channel, and Discovery, Inc.’s other lifestyle networks. To help you determine whether it’s right for you, here’s what we know so far about Discovery+, including price, content and other important details.

A&E
A&E
A&E

What is Discovery+?

Coming from Discovery, Inc., Discovery+ is a streaming service that features the ability to watch not only all new, exclusive shows, but popular releases from the company’s networks, including Animal Planet, Discovery Channel, Food Network, HGTV, ID, OWN, and Travel Channel. According to a press release, based on partnerships with A&E Networks and BBC, it’ll also feature content from A&E, The History Channel, Lifetime, and BBC’s Natural History Collection, as well as from Thrillist’s parent company, Group Nine Media.

So, figure this streaming service your destination for nonfiction viewing, covering everything from science and adventure to food and lifestyle. It’s where you’ll find BBC’s acclaimed Planet Earth franchise to get blown away at the natural world, put on your tinfoil hat for some Ancient Aliens, and everything in between.

When does Discovery+ launch?

Discovery+ launched on Monday, January 4, 2021. At its debut, the streaming service had over 50 new original series available, as well as 150+ hours of exclusive content from Discovery’s brands and partnerships. Following the launch date, even more originals are set to premiere and more series should be made available throughout the year.

How much does Discovery+ cost? 

The cheapest, ad-supported subscription plan for Discovery+ costs $4.99 per month, and the next tier, which is free of ads, runs at $6.99 per month. That’s definitely on the cheaper end of the streaming subscription plan spectrum, with Netflix now costing $13.99 per month and HBO Max at $14.99 per month. Although NBC’s Peacock’s most basic plan is free with ads, Discovery+ is comparable to its without-ads plan of $4.99, and its $6.99 plan is the same as the monthly price of Disney+. You can sign up (and try out the seven-day free trial) here now.

Are there any sign-up deals?

If you’re a Verizon customer, you could be in for a free subscription. According to a press release, those who already have the Play More or Get More Unlimited Plan, or who sign-up for them, will get 12 months of Discovery+ free. Those on or new subscribers to Verizon’s Start or Do More Unlimited plans are also in for a deal, but for six months free. You can check your eligibility here

BBC One
BBC One
BBC One

What shows are available at launch?

Right off the bat, Discovery+ has both licensed series you might already be familiar with and new original shows available to watch. A&E’s Ghost Hunters, BBC’s Blue Planet, HGTV’s Property Brothers, History’s Pawn Stars, TLC’s Dance Moms and 90 Day FiancĂ© are just a few of the shows you’re probably used to catching on cable that hit Discovery+ on day one and you can now watch at your leisure. And as for the all new originals, a whopping 54 debut on the streaming service immediately. (Details on those below.)

What original shows are coming to Discovery+?

A massive slate of originals are headed to Discovery+-some spun-off of already existing properties and featuring network stars you know and love, and some entirely new. Falling into categories of automotive, food, home, lifestyle, nature, science, and animals, paranormal and the unexplained, and true crime, there’s a little something for everybody, and a whole lot for the curious-minded. 

At launch, some exciting new titles include Bobby and Giada in Italy, a culinary travel show hosted by celebrity chefs Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis, a comedic cooking show with Amy Schumer called Amy Schumer Learns to Cook: Uncensored, spin-offs of 90 Day FiancĂ© and Ghost Adventures, Frozen in Time, a design show focused on flipping homes with dated interiors, nature shows like Mysterious Planet narrated by David Schwimmer and Elephant Hospital, a new reality show, This Is Zit, featuring TLC fan favorite Dr. Pimple Popper, and a new competition series, Race Across the World. Full-length documentaries are available as well, like true crime additions JonBenet Ramsey: What Really Happened? and Onision: In Real Life about a controversial YouTuber named Greg “Onision” Robinson. A select offering from HGTV’s beloved Fixer Upper stars Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia Network will also be available, including the cooking show Magnolia Table with Joanna Gaines and the first episode of a select number of other Magnolia Network shows that will debut in full later in 2021. 

There’s a lot of originals to check out right away, but that’s just a smattering of what will be exclusive to the platform. In its first year alone, Discovery+ plans to roll out more than 1000 hours of original content, so expect to discover even more later on. Need help finding something to watch? Sign up here for our weekly Streamail newsletter to get streaming recommendations delivered straight to your inbox.

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Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

where to celebrate lunar new year australia

Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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