Discovery+ is now integrating 11 live linear channels into the Fire TV’s channel guide and Live tab, but there’s a catch. You can currently only get this integration if you subscribe to the service through the Discovery+ Prime Video Channel. Also, these live channels aren’t what you think they are, which is probably a live feed of their traditional cable channels. Instead, they are channels playing nothing but an individual show, or two, all day 24/7.
If you subscribe to Discovery+ through Prime Video Channels, in addition to the slew of on-demand content, you will get 11 live channels, where each one is dedicated to playing nothing but one of the following shows:
- Fixer Upper
- 90 Day Fiance
- House Hunters
- House Hunters International
- Deadly Women
- Street Outlaws
- Homicide Hunter
- Say Yes to the Dress
- Property Brothers
- Property Brothers: Buying and selling
- Chopped + Flipp or Flop
These channels integrate into the Fire TV’s program guide grid, as well as the Fire TV’s Live tab, just like numerous other subscriptions and apps. The subscription through Prime Video Channels costs $6.99 per month, the same as Discovery+’s ad-free subscription, because the less expensive $4.99 per month ad-supported subscription is not yet available through Prime Video Channels. The less expensive subscription is said to be coming to Prime Video Channels later this year.
Unfortunately, if you subscribe to Discovery+ directly you will not see these live channels integrated into the Fire TV the same way. The channels are available within the Discovery+ app if you search for each individual show, but the Discovery+ app does not yet integrate the streams into the Fire TV’s live experience, nor does it provide an easy way to see all the channels. Many other apps that offer live channels have integrated into the Fire TV’s experience without offering Prime Video Channels, so, hopefully, Discovery+ will update their app in the near future to provide all subscribers the same Fire TV live channel integration.
This is another example of why, for Fire TV owners or Prime subscribers, it is often more beneficial to subscribe to a service through Prime Video Channels instead of directly with the service provider. In most, if not all, cases, a subscription through Prime Video Channels will give you all the same access to apps and content as subscribing directly, but in some cases, like with the Discovery+ Prime Video Channel, it also gives you access to channels, content, or features that are only available through Amazon’s channels.
Thanks Steven M. for the heads up!