Comcast is adding yet another streaming service to its Xfinity Flex and X1 set-top boxes. Discovery + is now only available on the streaming platform and will be coming to the X1 box in the coming weeks. Discovery + membership costs $ 5 / month, or $ 7 / month for an ad-free plan.
With dozens of originals, Discovery + has more than 55,000 episodes in Discovery’s networked portfolio. It includes BBC natural history projects and non-fiction content from A&E, The History Channel and Lifetime.
Apart from this, there are some other subscription-based discovery apps on Flex now and coming soon to X1. Food Network Kitchen includes recipes, instructional videos and cooking classes along with Food Network Personality. MotorTrend, meanwhile, focuses on automotive entertainment.
It is not at all surprising that Comcast has added Discovery +. Xfinity Flex and X1 subscribers have access to a boatload of other streaming apps through their set-top boxes. These include Comcast’s own Peacock, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Amazon Music, YouTube, Vudu and Pandora.
On top of having a cable plan, subscribing to all those services would probably be excessive. Nevertheless, it is a smart move to design Flex and X1 as a convenient hub for cable and streaming services.