A year ago, in February 2020 (right before COVID hit), Zach and I ditched cable. At the time we had AT&T and it was expensive, while starting to feel outdated. I didn’t like that I couldn’t watch it on my iPad, like Netflix or Amazon Prime. AT&T fought us hard and slapped us with a nasty breakup fee. They rope subscribers into these contracts that are surprisingly difficult to get out of if you’re not moving to a remote island in Alaska without electricity.
After freeing ourselves from AT&T, I switched to YoutubeTV and was hooked. It easily integrated with AppleTV and our bedroom Roku. At the time, I was commuting to Dallas a lot and I really liked how it had unlimited streaming DVR and I could watch Youtube TV on my laptop or iPad.
Over the course of the year, a couple things happened that made me become less enthusiastic about Youtube TV:
1. YoutubeTV raised their prices. This was the big one. Going from $49.99 to $64.99 didn’t seem like too much, but when you think about it, it’s an increase of $180 a year. When you do the math, you’re spending a whopping $780/year on Youtube TV. I like the YoutubeTV platform, but was it really “worth it?” Even for $780/year ($2.14 / day), we didn’t get Lifetime or History Channel. I thought about the shows I liked to watch and how much it would cost to buy the episodes. This made me think I was spending too much.
2. For $780 a year, we watched a ton of ads. You had to remember to DVR any programming if you wanted to fast forward ads (If you watch Video on Demand, you cannot fast forward through a lot of ads.) But what got me – and irritated me – was that even some recorded content has unstoppable ads, because the network requires a video on-demand version to be played back instead of your recording.
We watch a lot of TLC at our house – 90 Day Fiance and 600 Lb Life are my favorites – along with some of the pimple popping and feet doctor shows. Last month we started seeing a ton of ads on Youtube TV for Discovery Plus. I mentioned to Zach I was considering ditching YouTubeTV. He agreed – and he had a good point. If we miss it, we can get it again. It’s not like cable where you had to have someone come out and install it.
I cancelled Youtube TV and looked into DiscoveryPlus. I was going to get a free trial but ended up just signing up. My one hesitation was I didn’t want another random subscription – I hate subscriptions. So when I saw that you can purchase a 12-month gift subscription of Discovery Plus, I was sold. I bought myself the Ad-free version for $83.75. That is less than 25 cents a day to never watch a single commercial! And we get History Channel and Lifetime Content!
You can get it here for yourself: https://gift.discoveryplus.com/
For $83.75 for an entire year, you get 55,000+ episodes (with more added all the time) all streaming ad-free. And the episodes roll into the next episode, Netflix style, making them perfect for binging and background noise when working from home, cleaning, etc.
When I signed up, I didn’t really look at what all was included, so discovering all the content was a surprise. There’s a lot more than Discovery. You’ve got programming from Lifetime, A&E, TLC, ID, food Network, HGTV, History, Discovery and more. There is a 90 Day Fiance 24/7 channel, and a lot of original 90 Day fiancé content, if that’s your thing. I was so excited to see all the Lifetime movies, too! Those are great. Here’s a sampling of some of the shows you can watch:
- 1000-lb Sisters
- Dance Moms
- Deadliest Catch
- Dr. Pimple Popper
- Ice Road Truckers
- Kate Plus Eight
- Keith Morrison Investigates (ID)
- Little People Big World
- Little women (LA, Dallas, Atlanta)
- Married at First Sight
- My 600 lb Life
- Naked & Afraid
- Pawn Stars
- Much, much, much more.
There is really no shortage of prison shows, true crime shows, and pregnancy shows. Many of thes shows you have every episode from every season. You could stream the 21 seasons of Little People Big World for for weeks. Really, there is something for everyone.
If you’re looking for a downside, there is not a ton of kids content, although there is the Kids Baking Championship and Kids BBQ Championship on Food Network. And Planet Earth has lots of BBC Programing that kids can watch. I didn’t get Discovery Plus for our kiddo though. Between Netflix, Disney Plus, and dozens of owned movies and shows on Apple TV, we have a rich library of content. More than enough.
With AppleTV, we can purchase season passes to any shows we want to watch that are not on Discovery Plus. Shows like the Bachelor, Love After Lockup, and the new season of Married at First Sight. Even if we spend $25 a month on that, which I don’t think we will spend that much, it’s still a great savings over YoutubeTv, and NO ads!